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DIY Despicable me minion cake

With Despicable me 2 coming out this July, I know many kids (and adults) will be hoping for a cute despicable me minion cake for their birthdays. My aunts and I had made a minion cake last year (for my uncle.. he very loudly made it clear that he wouldn’t settle for anything less). Unfortunately, I didn’t really think to document the process that well so here are a few iphone pics that I thought to take during the 10 hour process.

Here are a few photos and DIY tips if you want to make your own Despicable Me minion cake!

You will need to bake more than one round cake that you will use to layer to give the minion some height.

cake for dispicable me minion
Layer cakes for despicable me minion
Then you’ll have to carve the cake to give it a rounder smoother more minion-esqe shape to it. We used a lid to help guide us and ensure that it stayed round. It will be easier to cut if you let the cake cool. If you cut while it’s warm, it’s more likely to crumble.

shaping the cake

Once you’ve shaped your cakes, you can start the fun part – DECORATING!

When colouring fondant, use a paste or a powder. The liquid food colouring will completely throw off the consistency of your fondant and it will be very difficult to get the bright vibrant colours needed for the minion.

While my aunt covered the cakes with fondant, I started working on the little details like his little hairs and eyes. Make sure you dust your surface with icing sugar to make it easier to remove the fondant after you roll it. Other wise it will stick and all your efforts to roll it out will be in vain. We couldn’t find cookie cutters that were the perfect size so we used drinking glasses instead.

despicable me minion eyes


We used a tooth pick to add the little details like the stitching in the overalls and buttons.
despicable me minion cake

Use a little bit of water to ‘glue’ all the pieces together.
putting eyes on the minion cake
despicable me cake

despicable me cake

That little tongue is just too cute!
despicable me cake

1:15am and we’re finally finished!
despicable me  2 Minion Cake
Ngoc Nguyen makes a despicable me Minion Cake

Bye bye little guy! You were delicious!

despicable me Minion Cake

20 comments for “DIY Despicable me minion cake

  1. Sam Robertson
    26/06/2013 at 4:56 pm

    This looks super fun!! Good job on the colors too!

  2. 26/06/2013 at 5:03 pm

    so cute! you make it look so easy…

  3. ashleigh kendall
    05/08/2013 at 5:49 pm

    hi ya this is ashleigh just asking do you make cakes for people . because my partner would like a minions cake for this birthday in december
    just email me back please if not do you know where i can get one from
    thank you

  4. 05/08/2013 at 7:41 pm

    Hi Ashleigh,

    Unfortunately, I only make cakes for friends and family as a hobby. I’m not really sure where you can order one from.

    Sorry! But thank you for visiting my blog :)

  5. 07/08/2013 at 5:21 pm

    his tounge looks funny

    • 03/09/2013 at 8:10 pm

      haha I love it! I think it makes him so cute.

  6. cathy
    19/08/2013 at 1:56 am

    hi, please visit also my blog for my minion cake creation

  7. Lymarie Melecio
    30/08/2013 at 9:05 pm


    • 03/09/2013 at 8:09 pm

      I think it depends on the humidity of your fridge. Ours is a little misty when we first take it out but dries up once it’s left sitting out for a little while. I heard if you cover it with a cardboard box, that helps?

  8. Jazzy
    03/09/2013 at 2:01 pm

    Making this for my despicable me obsessed cousin for his 4th birthday! XD

  9. 04/09/2013 at 9:07 am

    Wow you make it look easy!

  10. Jen M.
    07/01/2014 at 8:27 pm

    I was wondering if you recall about how much fondant you used. I am going to make this for my 5 year old who is turning 6 soon. I am purchasing Wilton White fondant and have 2 boxes. Wondering if I need more….
    Thanks for you help!
    Navarre, FL

    • 07/01/2014 at 8:43 pm

      Hi Jen,

      We bought two boxes but we also had a bit of fondant left over from some past cakes. I think 2 will be enough depending on the size of your cake pans. I used 8 inch pans for his body.

      I’d start with covering the actual minion first and then just use the left over bits and pieces to cover the little minion’s cake, or use butter cream if you’re really short on fondant.

      Good luck! I’m sure he’ll love it :)

  11. 06/02/2014 at 4:35 pm

    You did a fantastic job! There’s just no way that I could possibly eat the little guy. Well… maybe a little taste from somewhere in the back. But that’s it!

    • 06/02/2014 at 6:27 pm

      Haha thanks Chris! Ya it’s always a little painful when you have to cut into something that you spent hours making!

  12. Ashton
    06/05/2014 at 3:01 am

    Awesome cake I will make one

  13. Ashton
    06/05/2014 at 3:02 am

    Awesome cake I will make one tooo

    • 06/05/2014 at 3:19 am

      Thanks Ashton! Good luck with your cake :)

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