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Sunday 6 March 2016
Minion party with minion cake
sausage rolls and my mum cut vegies to dip in hummus. My mum also brought delicious cheese scones and beetroot and goats cheese quiche.
Betty Crocker) into school. Again they were fairly straightforward with marshmallows, liquorice strips and a black icing tube. (Yay for the simplicity of the minion design!) We made them the night before. In fact after I made banana cupcakes (based on this banana cake) I iced the cupcakes and Sylvia did the decorations. She had such a lovely time doing it that I did not interfere with my ideas on how it should be done.
pizza while she played with a friend.
bag making method we used a couple of years ago and Minion printables. Fortunately I roped my nieces into helping out with bits and pieces of preparation at the family lunch including some of the bags, bunting and pinata.
sausage rolls, yellow capsicum, cheese, corn chips, tomatoes (orange because no yellow ones about), and corn. The pedant in me really wanted to serve sausage rolls with yellow mustard but kids like traditional red tomato sauce!
printables. Pass the Parcel was an activity based game where each kid found a direction to do an activity when the parcel arrived at them (star jumps, silly jumps, hop on one leg etc). This worked ok with only 5 guests but might be hard with a really large group. The last kid won a packet of minion biscuits. We were also going to have a Minion (serum and jam) version of scarecrow tiggy but it didn't quite work this year. When the kids got a bit ratty, Kerin took them inside to colour in some minion pictures.
minion pinata. I wrote a separate post about it. It was a great success. I had not served much sweet food and had just put a little minion toy, a bouncy ball and a smiley magnet in the party bags. The kids then filled their party bags with lollies (aka candy or sweeties) from the minion.
I am sending this cake to Lancashire Food for We Should Cocoa. The theme is eggs and the cake contains eggs but the minions also look a little like eggs!
How to make a minion cake
Adapted from Betty Crocker (and can be seen step by step)
You will need:
One rectangular cake such as a banana choc chip cake (below)
One batch cream cheese frosting (see below)
Yellow and Blue food colouring
Mint Pattie or Coconut Rough
Small fudge squares
Silver dust and/or sugar
Firstly make the coloured frosting. Take a generous spoonful out first and set aside for the white of the eye. The divide frosting into one third and two thirds. Colour one third blue and two thirds yellow.
Now cut the cake into a long oblong, trimming about an inch from each side and as little as possible from the top and bottom. Use a pastry brush to brush away crumbs.
Mark the divide between yellow and blue as in the picture. Frost the whole cake, the bottom third blue and the top two third yellow, being careful where the colours melt. Run a thin strip of liquorice along the divide between yellow and blue sections.
Make the silver rim for the eye. Mould the fudge into a round ring, checking against the Mint Pattie or Coconut Rough for size. The second time we made the cake, the fudge was really soft so we put it in the freezer a short while and this made it easier to work with. Brush with a little water and sprinkle with silver sugar or use a little water with the silver dust to make a silver paint to paint the rim. Or paint and then sprinkle rim.
Frost the Mint Pattie or Coconut Rough with the white icing. Place on the cake. Carefully place silver rim around it. Place a chocolate melt on the white of the eye.
Place two chocolate melts on the blue section to represent buttons. Use liquorice to represent the strap holding the minion goggles and the hair above the eye.
NOTE: the first time I baked the cake the day before and decorated it on the day, but the second time I baked the cake early the day before and decorated it that afternoon.
Adapted from Green Gourmet Giraffe
250g butter or margarine
1 cup brown sugar
4 to 5 mashed ripe bananas (Makes about 2 cups - I used 4)
1/4 cup yoghurt (optional)*
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
3 cups flour*
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup choc chips
Cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs and then bananas. Gently mix in remaining ingredients. Scrape out into a greased and lined swiss roll tin (13 x 9 inch baking dish). Bake for 40 minutes at 190 C or until golden brown and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave in tin 10 minutes and then cool on a wire rack.
*NOTES: The first minion cake was gluten free replacing the flour with half almond meal and half Bob Red Mill Gluten Free Flour Mix (which includes xanthum gum). I forgot to put in the yoghurt and it cooked really fast - about 20 minutes. It worked well but could have had another 5-10 minutes. The second minion cake was made with half white and half wholemeal wheat flour. I added only 1/4 cup yoghurt and 1 tsp vinegar rather than the 1 cup of yoghurt in the recipe I was following.
Cream cheese frosting
Downsized from taste.com.au
165g cream cheese, softened
85g butter, softened
2 cups icing sugar
Beat cream cheese and butter with electric beaters until pale and creamy. Beat in icing sugar gradually. Colour with food colouring as desired.
On the stereo:
Songs in the Attic: Billy Joel