February 17, 2014

The LEGO Movie Party: The 3D Emmet Minifigure Cake



It's been a few years since my husband and I collaborated on a 3D cake, but our daughter's The LEGO Movie themed birthday party presented an opportunity that was too fun to pass up.  

 

My husband and I have been LEGO fanatics from an early age, so the idea of bringing a minifigure to life in cake was an adventure in creativity and engineering that we could hardly wait to start.


The birthday girl was delighted to see Emmet on the table when she woke up on the morning of her party.

Here's a little peek at the process from start to finish: 




We started with photographs of an actual minifigure, both front and side views.  We enlarged the photos to the size that we wanted the final product to be.


From there, we began construction on a PVC framework.


We made a large batch of Krispie Treat bricks.  Next, we inserted the bottom portion of the PVC frame into the Krispie Treat block.  The frame clicked into the board just like a LEGO piece.  Once the block was in place, we began to carve the legs.
 

We covered the board and the legs in fondant.  We used rounds of Krispie Treat under the white fondant to mimic the look of the LEGO studs on a baseplate.  Then, we stacked, carved, and crumb-coated our cake for the body.  We set it in place on top of the legs and inserted the arms into the frame.


The head was also made of Krispie Treats.  The arms were done by adding two layers of blue fondant to the PVC frame.


For the decals, we used white frosting sheets printed with edible ink.  You can see in the photo above that we kept our inspiration close by -- the real Emmet minifigure in the lower right.
 
 

For the final touch, we created a custom banner out of the icing sheet paper that mimicked the look of the invitation.


If you're having a LEGO party, I made a blank template of this invitation available for free HERE for you to use.





Here's the finished piece!

To see more of our 3D Cake creations, click HERE.

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21 comments:

  1. AMAZING!!!! I appreciate that you make it look so easy.... and it's not!

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  2. You are the coolest and most talented mom ever!

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  3. This is an awesome creation. Love it!

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  4. I love this!! I would love to make one for my son, if you don't mind me following your steps??

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    1. My son and I (maggie) were looking in the internet for a Lego idea cake and he loves your Lego figurine cake.He wants me to make it for his upcoming Birthday. Jenn, Do you mind sending me the photo of the figurine at my e-mail alkine94318@mypacks.net

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  7. Thank you for the good times on your blog. I often post to watch ( again and again ) these wonderful items you shared . Very interesting. Good luck to you!

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  8. Everything looks awesome! Any chance i can get an email of the pics too? So i can duplicate this?

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  9. Everything looks awesoooome!! Any chance i can get an email of the emmit file you used. Id love to try this. And how long would you say it too you to built this?

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    1. Thanks Elsa! Since this cake was for my daughter, I didn't approach it with the same step-by-step photography diligence that I do when I'm working on a project for my blog. So, unfortunately, the photos you see here are the only ones I snapped. Here's a link to the image I used to model the cake: http://lego.wikia.com/wiki/Emmet_Brickowski For the face, I just looked at one of my daughter's Emmet minifigs. I'd say that the whole process for this cake took my husband and I about 15 hours working together.

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  10. Wow! You are unbelievably talented! I make cakes as well, but mostly for friends/family and charity. How did you get your fondant so smooth on the rice crispy treats? also, do you own a printer that you use for the edible sheets?
    if you made this to sell, what do you think you would charge for it?

    thank you! you are amazing!

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  11. Wow! you are so incredibly talented! I make cakes as well but just for friends/family/charity. I am still learning by making mistakes! How did you get your fondant so smooth on the rice crispy treat portion? do you make your own fondant or buy premade? i made my own MMF for the 1st time and it was wonderful, but put it on a tall narrow cake and it sagged a little as if it was too soft. any suggestions?

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  12. Awesome! Hope you don't mind us doing this Emmet cake as our inspiration for our son's birthday!

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  13. Awesome! Hope you don't mind us doing this Emmet Cake for our son's birthday!

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  14. Did you use a flange at the bottom of the cake for the pvc legs to attach into? Awesome cake.

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  15. I love this and we might be doing a Lego movie theme for my sons 4th birthday this would be awesome to make.. I do have one question though, do u think it would hold up to do cake for his legs as well? Just doing rice crispy for his head.. Thanks and amazing job again..

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  16. AMAZING CAKE! Thank you for sharing the invitation template and envelopes!!!

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  17. This cake is amazing! Thank you so much for the step by step pics, I've been wanting to make a Lego Ninjago cake for my son, and this is super helpful!

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  18. Amazing !, I'm making the cake for my son for his birthday, can you share the cake template? It would mugh easier ;-) thanks

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