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Method Prep:1hr › Cook:30min › Ready in:1hr30min
For the cake:
Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease two 23cm (9 in) square cake tins and dust with flour or cocoa powder.
Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the vanilla.
In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt, then add to the butter mixture alternately with the milk, gently mixing between each addition. Divide the cake mixture evenly between the two prepared cake tins.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch. Remove from oven and let cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
If the cakes have risen too much in the centre, carefully slice off a bit of the top to make sure the tops of both cakes are flat. Sandwich the two layers together using jam, if desired, or some chocolate buttercream.
Spread the chocolate buttercream icing all over the top and sides of the cake.
Take some marzipan, about the size of a golf ball, and roll it in some red food colouring, using just a few drops at first and adding more if needed. Knead the marzipan to distribute the colouring throughout. Set aside.
Roll out the remaining marzipan on a work surface dusted with icing sugar. Cut out a 23cm (9 in) square of marzipan, then carefully transfer to the top of the cake.
Re-roll the trimmings of marzipan and cut into four 23x3cm (9 x 1 1/2 in) strips. Cut three rectangular notches out of each strip. Place a strip on each side of the cake, with the notches facing downwards. Gently press the top and side edges of marzipan together to seal.
Roll out the piece of red marzipan and cut out squares of varying sizes. Spread a little bit of chocolate buttercream on the back of each square to act as glue, then place in a random Minecraft pattern on top of the cake.
Instead of marzipan, you could use 400g of ready to roll white fondant icing instead. You can decorate the cake further with Minecraft cake toppers, available online, or you could even use the Minecraft LEGO® Steve and Creeper figurines.
I baked this quantity in 2 x 8in tins as I didn't have 9in tins. Cake has lovely flavour but I thought it was too dry - possibly because I used a different size of tin. Easy to decorate following the video. Prefer the all in one method though. - 24 Nov 2014