Surprise the Minecraft fan in your life with this simple and fun Minecraft Sword Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake!
Earlier this week, I shared with you the princess pull-apart cupcake cake I made for Emily’s 6th birthday. Today, I’ve got her twin brother’s Minecraft Sword pull-apart cupcake cake for you!
Say hello and happy birthday to Jakob! His mom Amy hosted a big party with classmates at a local jump house and it was a blast!!
Jakob’s cupcake cake was a little more labor intensive than Emily’s princess one. The same amount of planning went into putting his cake together, it just took a bit more time.
The bulk of the work went into piping the frosting to look like pixels, just like in Minecraft!
Minecraft Sword Pull-Apart Cupcake Cake
- 35 cupcakes – 9 baked in solid gold liners and 26 baked in solid black liners from Sweets & Treats Boutique
- Vanilla Buttercream (see recipe below)
- Wilton 610-700 Icing Gel, 1-Ounce, Sky Blue
- Wilton Cake Decorating Tip Pkg Open Star #21 or any medium open star tip
- Wilton 2104-1358 Disposable 12-inch Decorating Bags, 24 Pack
- Foam core board 22 x 28in (like this one Pacon® Foam Board, 22″ X 28″)
- Wrapping paper (any color to match the cupcakes & theme of the party)
- Scissors & tape
- Cover the foam board with the wrapping paper making a smooth, clean surface to place the cupcakes on.
- Make the buttercream frosting and tint it to the color you want. (See recipe below)
- Fit medium star piping tip onto the piping bag and fill with light blue buttercream.
- Start with the light blue frosting and pipe 5 small stars across a cupcake (in a black liner) down the center of the cupcake. Repeat filling the top of the cupcake with stars until you have 25 stars shaped in a square. You want to make SIX 6 light blue cupcakes in black liners.
- Repeat this piping process with the dark blue frosting and make TWELVE 12 dark blue cupcakes in black liners.
- Finally, with the dark brown frosting, pipe 5×5 rows of stars onto cupcakes in the gold liners. You’ll have a total of NINE 9 brown cupcakes in gold liners.
- Using the photos as a guide, line up the cupcakes on your prepared foam board. If you’re traveling, apply a small dollop of frosting to the bottom of each cupcake to attach it to the board. This will act like glue and prevent the cupcakes from sliding.
- Be sure to be mindful of direction you place each cupcake, you want them to all be facing the same direction and uniform.
- ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- ¼ cup shortening (I used Crisco)
- 1 lb powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
- gel food coloring
- 2-3 Tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder
- In your stand mixer, whip together the butter and shortening until combined.
- Add the vanilla, salt, and powdered sugar and mix until incorporated.
- Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the heavy cream. Whip until smooth.
- If the frosting is too thick, add 1 Tbsp more cream until you reach your desired consistency.
- Whip on high for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
- Reserve half the frosting for the brown and set aside.
- Add a SMALL amount of blue gel coloring to the remaining white and whip until combined.
- Decorating the 6 light blue cupcakes.
- Add more gel coloring until you get a deep dark turquoise blue and whip until combined. Let the color sit in the frosting for 5-10 minutes before piping, it will turn deep and dark in color.
- Add 2-3 Tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder to the reserved frosting and whip until combined.
- If the frosting is too stiff, add a small splash of heavy cream to slightly loosen.
- Allow the frosting to set for 5 minutes to deepen in color.