Despite my major puppy cake fail a few months ago, my sister requested a smash cake for her birthday. The catch- she is, shall I say, older than two. o I needed to make a small cake with her favorite theme- Minions!
After my last cake fiasco I knew one thing, I was not carving another cake. I am still finding crumbs in the most random crevices of my kitchen. Never again.
I needed to make a cake in a small enough pan, without having to go out and buy a special pan. I also needed something that could be decorated but able to withstand the jostling around of public transportation. Her dinner was right after work, and I work in the city. This means I would have to take it into work with me.
Fast forward to lunchtime the day before. I’m having a mild fit trying to balance a box of cake mix, a small loaf pan, some cans of frosting and trying to google bake times for mini loaf cakes. That’s when it hit me- Duncan Hines makes an all inclusive mini cake kit! PERFECT!
Now do I try to frost it to look like a minion? Do I try my fancy decorating tools again and hope that I can pipe something resembling a minion on top? NOPE. I swear I once saw a Minion made from twinkies somewhere on Pinterest. Boom! That’s my plan.
Recipe adapted from somewhere on Pinterest.
- 1 two-pack of Twinkies
- 1 snack bag of Mini Oreos
- 1 tube of black piping gel
- 1 tube of blue frosting
- Using the blue frosting, squeeze frosting on the bottom half. Spread evenly around all sides.
- Taking one mini oreo, twist off the top cookie and set aside.
- Holding the oreo creme side down, squeeze a small dab of blue frosting on the underside. This will be your glue.
- Hodling the oreo creme side up place it anywhere on the non-frosted side of the Twinkie.
- Snap the unused portion of the of the oreo in half. Stick them in the bottom of the frosted portion of the Twinkie. These are your feet.
- Using the black gel pipr a circle in the middle of the white creme of the oreo. Then pipe a smile however big under the eye.
I made two minions even though my cake was only big enough for one minion.I needed a “practice” minion. I’ll refer you back to the cake fail from a few months ago if you haven’t seen it already. Now you understand, lol.
I had to get creative with packing the cake. I kept the cake in the disposable pan from the mini cake kit. I placed it on a sheet of foil. I cut 4 halfmoons from a thick paper plate and foiled them to the outside of the pan. This kept the twinkie from getting smudged by the top layer of foil. I then placed that in a giant Ziplock freezer bag. I then placed that bag between 2 paper plates. I put the whole thing in one of those ebnviorment friendly bags you buy from your supermarket. Cake survived 2 trains and a round trip on the subway during rush hour.