Ultimate Minion Cake and Party

Throwing a Despicable Me or Minion Themed Birthday Bash? These homemade desserts are sure to thrill your guests with the best Minion cake for the ultimate Minion party!

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***Warning – picture and text heavy post

My son is a huge fan of the movie “Despicable Me 2” (he was even a Minion for Halloween)  so there was no question what the theme would be for his 3rd birthday party.

With the new Minions movie coming out in soon, I’m sure there are lots of others that are looking for ideas.

Here is what we did for our Minion Birthday Party

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My husband was in charge of putting together the invitations.  He added some minion images with a picture of our lil man dressed as a minion including all the party details and e-mailed them to our guests.

* these were heavily edited with our personal information removed



Minion Cake Pops

I made and decorated about 40 cake pops.

26 yellow ones and 14 purple that we handed out to every child that attended the party along with extras for whoever wanted them.

They were a big hit with all the guests!

Minion Cake Pops


You can find more detailed info thanks to Bakerella’s fantastic tutorial and inspiration.

Minion Macarons

(find the recipe here)

These were also a huge hit at the party and were the first treats to go. It was so much fun bringing these guys to life.

Minion Macarons


Minion Sugar Cookies

I made yellow and purple minions with my favorite sugar cookie recipe and royal icing recipe.

Each cookie was wrapped up in cellophane with a label we printed with:

Thanks a Minion for celebrating E’s party with us!


Minion Donuts

I am totally in love with baked donuts so I just had to try making a few Minion Donuts (Vanilla Donuts with Vanilla Frosting) after spotting these guys on Pinterest:

Minion Donuts


Minon Cupcakes

No kiddie party would be complete without cupcakes.

I had a mix of vanilla cupcakes and banana cupcakes (since Minions love bananas) with vanilla buttercream frosting and chocolate frosting.



Minion Loot Bags

My husband was in charge of making all the loot bags.  He found a ton of inspiration on Pinterest so he bought yellow and purple gift bags from Dollar Tree as well as blue and black craft paper for the overalls.  He printed the goggles from this template and used double-sided tape to stick them on the gift bags.

The boys got yellow bags while the girls got purple bags.

He printed labels with each child’s name on it and stuck another label at the back of the bag with:

“Thanks a Minon for coming to E’s party!”

The loot bags were filled with candy, stickers and little toys. The kids couldn’t wait to open them as soon as we handed them out near the end of the party.


Minion Cake

And finally, this cake was the star of all the treats we made!

It was a true labor of love and what I was the most excited to make.

I started searching online for Minion Cake ideas a few months ago and found this tutorial from Sugar Sweet Company that I wanted to try making so I got started a few weeks ago and made a few batches of my go-to marshmallow fondant recipe and baked the 6″ cake layers and froze them.



We decided to make my husband’s favorite chocolate cake recipe with a slightly adapted version of Jaclyn’s Vanilla Buttercream frosting.

  1. Two days before the party, I thawed out the marshmallow fondant and cake layers.
  2. I assembled the cake and put a crumb coat of icing and parked the cake in the fridge.
  3. Then I started kneading, rolling and covered the entire cake with yellow fondant.
  4. Next I molded the arms, legs and shoes. I cut out the overalls, goggles, eyes and tongue with more fondant and used black licorice for the hair.
  5. I used Americolor Soft Gel Paste to color all the fondant.
  6. I cut out a big E and stuck it on the Minion’s overalls using black fondant for my little man’s first name.
  7. I glued all the details using a brush with almond extract and stuck the arms, legs, shoes and goggles using a tooth pick.




You can see that the edges of the fondant weren’t entirely smooth – it didn’t bother me since I knew not everybody would notice at the party.





So after:

  • 28 loot bags,
  • 15 pounds of butter,
  • 10 bags of flour,
  • 10 bags of sugar,
  • 8 bags of marshmallows and
  • umpteen hours of time spent

Was it all worth it you ask???

You betcha!

Especially after seeing how happy it made my little man who gave me this big hug and kiss after he saw everything I made – it was truly priceless!




Hope this helps anyone looking for ideas for their next party and feel free to drop me a line with any questions :)

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Lovely comments

  1. Marion - Make This Dish says:

    Kelly, I am in shock – everything looks outstanding!! You have truly outdone yourself with all the attention to detail – happy birthday to your son and I’m so glad to hear the party was a big success!

  2. Wow Kelly I am blown away! You made all of this with a new born baby in such a short time! You go girl!!! I think I would have pulled my hair out. The cake is amazing and came together nicely!! I know your getting request to do friends parties now!! Very creative Kelly!! :)

  3. Both of my hands are up! But I am NOT this talented! What a fun cake – and the step by step is super helpful. You nailed this party, Kelly, I know it made great memories! Tell your son happy belated birthday!!

  4. Where to begin! WOW! I am floored, as in eyes popping out of their sockets, jaw dropped to the ground, kind of way, Kelly! Your kids are officially the luckiest on earth and you are clearly mother of the century. This is an incredible amount of work – not just cakes (layered cakes!) and cookies and pops but decorated to the nines like this…it is ALL really amazing, my friend! Have you slept at all in the last month or so? It’s just not possible. : ) And 80 people? What an amazing party – memories for a lifetime for everyone, I would think. You have set the bar very high for those other ‘poor’ parents in attendance. ; ) I seriously couldn’t do 2 of the things you did and I’d probably be a nutcase. And kudos to your husband for being such a great partner; I can tell you guys make a great team. Your son is such a cutie. 3 is such a wonderful age. And that rose cake for gorgeous. xo

    • Aaw, thanks so much Monica! You are too kind and sweet since you always make everything look amazing too! Haha – there were definitely many all nighters involved to prep and bake for the party but I’m finally catching up on a little bit more sleep now that the party is over and the visitors have stopped :) Thanks again my friend and so glad you liked everything :) xo

  5. You really outdid yourself, Kelly! This party looks like an amazing time for everyone. Everything is so detailed and looks incredible. The minion cake is too cute and I love that you made a rose cake especially for the girls! Fabulous job!!
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  6. Shashi @ RunninSrilankan says:

    You deserve an award – WOW!
    Kelly what a fantastic job!!! Now tell me – you do own your own bakery right?
    Those cake pops, macaroons, donuts and cupcakes are fantastic – you put so much effort into these – but you didn’t stop there – you made THREE – THREE – Cakes!!!! And not just any cakes either – the minion cake is incredibly gorgeous as are the base and swirled rose cake. And you did ALL this with a new born! You re amazing! I am honored to have “met” you sweet, INCREDIBLY TALENTED, lady!!

    • Haha, oh girl, you always say the nicest and sweetest things! You are the AMAZING one who inspires me so much every time I visit your blog with the fantastic way you are raising your daughter and the uplifting stories you share. Thank you so much for always being so supportive – so glad you liked everything and I am honored to have “met” you sweetie :) xo

  7. Goodness, Kelly! What a clever team! I can’t believe my eyes! Happy Birthday to the little one and a Big Award to Mommy that made it happen! :) ela

  8. WOW…. Kelly, you amaze me and what a fantastic recap, I love lengthy photographic posts! You did a brilliant job and I’m so happy to hear that the party was a success! These homemade desserts look as gorgeous as you and over 80 people – that’s crazy! You did a brilliant job making him this gigantic Minion cake – I love the elegant swirled rose cake – it looks so beautiful! Happy 3-year-old to your sweet son and thank you so much for sharing this memorable day with all of us! x

    • Aaw you are always the sweetest! Thank you so much Rika and so glad you liked everything :) Hope you have an amazing rest of the week! x

  9. You are a super mama, Kelly. That looks like a great party.
    Happy Birthday to your little boy!

  10. I am amazed Kelly! You are one incredible mom! I can’t believe how much you did for this party and your cakes are incredible! I can’t wait to see the recipes for them :) You are so creative! Way to go pretty lady!

    • Aaw, thank you, right back at ya pretty lady! YOU are an incredible mom! – I am amazed with everything and how often you post and everything always looks stunning and I love that you share so many healthy recipes too! Your family is so lucky to have you :) Thanks again Chelsea and so glad you liked everything :)

  11. Holy moly, Kelly! You (and your husband) really went to town with this party. You guys did a PHENOMENAL job! You should totally consider being a party planner as a professional job. Seriously! All the details were perfect – I loved all the themed treats, especially the macarons. And the CAKE! It looks like it came from a professional bakery. My hats off to you!! And congrats to your son and daughter for their respective milestones. Hooray!

    • Thanks so much Eva – so glad you liked everything :) Hehe, I told my husband that we are definitely not throwing any more parties for a long time – it was insane but worth it to see how much fun my son and everyone had in the end :)

  12. What a great party Kelly! How in the world did you pull all that together? Whew! I’m tired just looking at it! But, those are the cutest darn desserts – I love them. And, I also love your son’s knitted hat! Adorable!
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  13. You’re little guy is so cute! I can’t even imagine having that much people at a 3 year old’s birthday party. So much food and all of it looks amazing. You are so creative!

    • Haha it was definitely insane but we all had a great time in the end :) Thanks so much Christin and hope you have a great rest of the week!:)

  14. OH MY GOSH Kelly!! This is all amazing! Seriously, I can’t believe you made all of those desserts! You’re crazy (in a good way!) lol. Between the macarons, the cake pops, I just can’t even handle the cuteness. You did one heck of a job friend!
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    • Haha – yup my husband calls me crazy (in a good way – sometimes hehe) all the time too lol. Aaw thanks so much friend, so glad you liked everything :)

  15. KELLY! You are a ROCKSTAR! I can’t believe you made all this! I bet your son was over the moon excited! Everything looks so great : )
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    • Hehe – he was really excited and couldn’t wait to demolish the cake and the cake pops:) Thanks so much Natalie and hope you have a wonderful rest of the week:)

  16. I’m completely in awe, Kelly, COMPLETELY! All of those goodies look bakery worthy, decorated beautifully, and I’m sure they tasted equally as good. I love those little yellow guys, and you sure did them justice! Your son must’ve been over the moon. That will be a birthday he’ll never forget!
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    • Aaw, thank you so so much Marcie – that means so much coming from you:) He had an incredible time and still talks about the party and all the minions so all the hard work was definitely worth it :) Hope you have a great rest of the week Marcie!

  17. Everything is just so adorable! Love the decorated macarons, that is truly the perfect cookie for that kind of decoration. I’m sure kids would love it.
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  18. Wow, look at that giant minion cake. You amaze me, Kelly! And minion macarons. Stop it, I love it! Your boy is so cute! You made sooo much!!! I’ve always wanted to make a fancy character cake (especially one that stands up) But wow, all the work. not sure I have it in me :). It’s great that everyone had a good time, boy and baby! You did a great job and if I were in attendance, I’m sure you’d make me feel bad as a parent. No, just kidding! I’d totally ooooo and ahhhhh.

  19. Whoa!
    I’m in awe. What an awesome job you did on everything!! I can’t believe you made cake pops AND macarons. That would take me forever!!!!!! I’m planning my daughter’s fifth party in June. Frozen theme, of course. I think you have inspired to me to macarons to go along with the cupcakes and other stuff I’ll be making.
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    • Thank you so much Shannon! So glad you liked everything – I had a lot of fun making and decorating the cake pops and macarons:) Hope you have a great time planning your daughter’s party, a Frozen theme sounds perfect! My nieces are obsessed with that movie too :) So glad I could inspire you and if you have any questions about anything I made or with the party planning – feel free to drop me a line :)

  20. What a magnificent party! You went all out and everything looks perfect!!! I always make way too many dishes for any gathering…I think it’s part of being a food blogger :)

    • Thank you so much Liz :) You always amaze me – I totally wish I could be a part of your book club or parties because everything you make looks mouthwatering and hehe yes – you make a feast to feed an army every time too – I love it though :)

  21. What a fantastic party Kelly! Everything looks wonderful and I bet your son loved every minute of it! Lots of yummy treats!
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    • Thanks Deb, he was so excited to see his favorite character everywhere and had a wonderful time which made it all worth it :) Thanks again Deb and hope you have a great rest of the week!

  22. Kelly – so adorable! You are so talented. These treats so perfectly capture the sweetness of the movie :)
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  23. Ohmahgarsh! Kelly, you are such an AMAZING mom! Just think of the incredible memories you are creating for your children. This Minion Birthday Party Bash looks like it was a smash hit! Thanks for sharing all of the fabulous and colorful photos. You rock! xo

  24. Holy heck, when do you sleep, woman?? That is one incredible spread, and you are one talented lady. Your boy must have been so thrilled! He looks so adorable in his minion outfit, btw. And has it really been more than a month since that precious girl was born? Wow, time flies. Unbelievable job on the party, Kelly. You are a superstar!
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    • Hahaha, I have to admit I don’t think I slept much at all during those two weeks of prepping for the party but I definitely caught up on some rest and sleep last week which was nice. Yup, she’s eight weeks already – I can’t believe how fast they grow up too. Aaw thanks so much Allie, so glad you like everything – that means so much coming from an extremely talented lady yourself :)

  25. This has to be the BEST birthday party ever! How fun are all of these little cookies, cake pops and cake. What a great job you did, Kelly! :)
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  26. Wow Kelly!!!! I cannot even believe that you did all of this from scratch! You are seriously a sweet genius! That minion cake is so cool, and the fact that you made homemade macarons is pretty kick-butt!!! I wish you were running my bday parties, hahaha!
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  27. It looks like E had a wonderful, delicious 3rd birthday! You really knocked out of the park! How did you manage to do all of this with a newborn? I would love to make the cookies for one of my kids end of year party.

    I hope you’re getting some sunshine up north! ♡
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    • Haha it was tough – every free chance I got when both the kids napped and in the middle of the night when they both slept. It was worth it to see how much fun the lil guy had though but definitely no more parties for a long long time hehe :) Thanks so much Chastity, so glad you like everything and hope you and the kiddies and precious baby are doing well :) We are finally getting some sunshine with a few showers here and there but I think the snow has finally left for the season :)

  28. O how cute. My girls are such a big fan.
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  29. That must have been the best birthday party ever!!! You really know how to keep with a theme :). I am pretty sure your little man will remember this forever. Love that you’re making such fun and super delicious memories.
    P.S. I want that cake for my birthday!!!

  30. Kelly, what an amazing dessert spread and party!! I also tend to go a wee bit overboard :) Totally worth it though!
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  31. Kelly What an amazing party!! You are Super Woman!!!! I love all the Minion treats, especially that cake! And I would also probably go right for the doughnuts myself!! Great job!! :)

  32. Holy moly, lady, this party puts anything I’ve ever done/made to serious shame. 😉 SO impressive! Happy birthday to your little man!
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  33. What a fab and wonderful spread you put on, all those minion goodies look amazing. Well done with all the careful decorating you did no wonder it took you days to do everything. I am pleased for you that your lil’ guy was pleased (I know I would have been!) and congrats to your hubby for transporting everything with no breakages, he must be a really careful driver 😀 Have a fab week!

    • Haha yup, we kept worrying whether everything would make it to the party without getting smashed but luckily nothing did :) Thanks so much Emma – happy Friday and hope you have a great weekend!

  34. Wow! Kelly! You have made so many desserts and sweets for this party! They were all made with so much thoughts and efforts. How many people did you invite?

    Happy Birthday to your little boy! He is a lucky boy!

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    • I think there were around 80 people – it was a joint Full Moon (One Month) celebration for our baby girl as well and so we had a lot of my husband’s family there. Thanks so much Zoe, happy Friday and hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

  35. Oh man!! This is TOO cute! Seriously!! Soooo sweet! It looks like a blast! Happy birthday to your ‘lil’ man! So fun!!
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  36. Kelly, you are amazing! These are the cutest and the best minions I’ve seen. You’re little guy must have loved all of it and I’m sure it was fun to make. Happy Birthday to your little guy 😀

    • It was so much fun to see everything come together, thanks so much Cindy – so glad you like everything :) Happy Friday and hope you have a great weekend!

  37. Wow! You did an amazing job! I would have never been able to do this. I probably would give up half way through. I love those minions cake pops. Adorable! Your little one must be so thrilled! Looks like he had a fun time! Looking forwards to all those recipes!
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  38. PRECIOUS! Seriously adorable! You are so talented and creative! And please invite me to your next party, k? :)
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  39. Wow…everything looked amazing!!! Great job on putting everything together with a newborn at home. I’m not sure I could sacrifice sleep to do all that. I went to a minion-themed shower and the hostess made little minion pops using a giant marshmallow for the body. You are all so creative!

  40. I’m in love with everything about this post!!!! Those minions are hysterical and it’s one of my favorite animations. :) Awesome awesome job!!!
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  41. Wow, what an incredible party you threw! I’m sure these memories will last for a lifetime!
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  42. The cake looks amazing, Kelly! I love anything to do with minions! Loving those macaroons especially, so unique! :)
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  43. Kelly, I am at awe! You truly inspire me and amaze me! Not only did you do a most fabulous job on this party but the post is beyond amazing! You did such a great job going through all the details at the party … and here with us! Thank you for sharing such an awesome party! (My youngest would LOVE this!)
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  44. You have outdid yourself sweet girl! All with a toddler and newborn? Go you!! Everything looks amazing, and high five to your awesome hubby for helping with the gift bags! :)

  45. Oh my gosh!! Kelly this party is amazing. You definitely out did yourself. I love all the little details that made everything go together. Those macarons?? Adorable. I can’t wait fir the recipe post. Your minion cake was so cute!!! I know how much work goes into making one so I bow to your fully amazing fondant cake. Good job Mommy!! So happy to see your little man excited and having fun.
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    • Aaaw thanks so much Zainab! Your cake looked out of this world amazing lady!! I wish I had thought to use buttercream instead of fondant before I made the fondant a month before the party hehe – it would have saved so much time and labor haha – you are so smart and creative :) It was a ca-ray-zee few weeks making everything but totally worth it seeing how excited he got over everything :)

  46. Oh my goodness!!! You are very talented and a very cool mama! You’ve done a way better job than a hired professional would have done :-)
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  47. Um, wow!
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  48. OMG Kelly, what an amazing post…everything look so pretty and perfect…I love all the steps…I do not know how you manage all this baking and decoration…with two little ones. The cake for Evelyn is beautiful I love the color of the roses.
    Thanks for this fun post…hope you are having a fabulous week 😀
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  49. You are SUCH a super mom!!!! I can’t believe how much you did – so much thought, care, and creativity went into it. Your kids are so lucky to have you. AMAZING, girl!!!

  50. You are a sheer genius for pulling that off!!!!!!!! It must have taken a toll on you and you did every single thing so beautifully! I LOVE THAT MINION cake! And the best part is you took care of every single detail from the invites to the loot bags! Those cutesy macarons have won my heart, I can’t stop looking at them!!!! Your baby is going to be so proud of you! :) <3
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  51. TOO CUTE. **Applause**
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  52. Wow. salute for those cuties Minion fest!!!!
    good job!!!!
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  53. Oh my gosh, how adorable…you did such a great job with this theme, Kelly!! Not to mention you’re a superstar if you were able to make ALL these desserts with a newborn. Holy cow. And your little guy is SO CUTE!!! :)

  54. Your son is the luckiest boy ever! This is one epic party. You did an amazing job.

  55. I am totally blown away by this! How in the world did you manage to make ALL of that?! This is really amazing! I will probably already be so proud of myself for managing to make the cupcakes alone! Let alone all these other wonderful creations! Great job! And I’ll save this for the next minion fan’s birthday!
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  56. Holly molly! May I say you are CRAZY!!! In a good way, of course! You can start a special birthday business. He’s one lucky boy whose mom is an excellent baker. I’m still speechless. I wanted to be invited! =p

  57. WOW Kelly you are amazing! I can’t believe the spread you made and everything is so adorable! Your son is one lucky boy. Can you throw me a party sometime? :)

  58. wow – this is amazing! we recently threw a school bus themed birthday party for my 3 yr old son too – and we made a few things – including a school bus cut out that was a great picture booth. It was nothing as awesome as this! and you did all this with an infant – I’m just so impressed!

    • Wow that’s amazing Archana, a school bus theme with a picture booth sounds like so much fun! Aaw, thanks so much – the hard work was all worth it to see how happy it made my lil guy :) Thanks so much for stopping by and your sweet comments :) Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  59. oh my god Kelly, like I don’t even know where to begin!! You are a rockstar, how the hell did you manage to make all that, ALONE! I showed it to my husband and he’s just amazed! Your kids are so lucky to have such an incredible mom! Now please take some rest, you deserve it. Everything looks fantastic!
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