As promised, here is the blow by blow of making the Minecraft cake. I will be totally honest, step one was to look at what others had done on Google and Pinterest. In the end I decided to build a "modular" cake using chocolate cake, rice cereal treats, blue gelatin and green frosting.
I gathered my supplies and braced for impact.
Basically this bit is easy. Mix the cake according to the box and bake it in a 9x13 pan. Mix up a batch of rice cereal treats and smoosh them into a 9x13 pan. I made the gelatin as per the "jiggler" recipe. Pro-tip: buy the big box and then use one box with 1 1/4 cups water. You don't need two boxes worth of gelatin as the directions indicate. These are the correct proportions and it worked just great. I did mine in an 8x8 pan and it made a good thickness for blending with the other elements.
My gelatin was initially bubbly due to using a wisk to get it all mixed in there. These went away and left a stellar finished product, so just an FYI...the foam is not a jiggler deal breaker.
Once all the parts we cooked/cooled/set, I started cutting my squares. Just for reference I made the biggest cake square 6 inches x 6 inches, the middle on is 3 inches x 3 inches and the little ones are 1.5 inches x 1.5 inches.
I then made the rice cereal treats into two 6 inch x 1.5 inch rectangles and one 2 3/4 inch x 1.5 inch one for the short end.
The last major construction bit was the blue gelatin rectangle cut to 4.5 inches x 2 3/4 inches. Additional 1.5 inch x 1.5 inch squares filled in for some dimension.
Having made the mistake of grabbing chocolate frosting, not vanilla, I whipped up so me cream cheese frosting, dyed it green and filled up my icing bag with my number 30 star tip. Piped on some "grass" and voila.
The finishing touches will be TNT paper forms from Pixel Paper Crafts and four candles.
Obviously this is not that difficult, though it did take some time. I gave measurements just because that was what happened to work for me, but obviously this is a series of blocks, you can't go too far wrong. Liz is going to lose her mind!