Throwing a Despicable Me Themed Birthday Bash? These homemade desserts are sure to thrill your guests for the ultimate Minion party!
***Warning – picture and text heavy post
Raise your hand if you tend to go overboard when you are in charge of dessert for a party? [Gulp, raises both hands]
Yup, and it drives my husband totally bonkers. To the point where he is so scared any time there is a party now since I can never seem to bring just one dish.
Now imagine how terrified he felt when two weeks ago, it was our turn to throw a party for our little man who was turning 3 for over fifty people.
It wouldn’t be so scary for him if we didn’t just have a newborn.
The hubs can’t blame me though. This party was not my idea. In fact, I even tried to talk him out of the idea of having one.
It was totally his idea around Christmas since he thought it could double as a Full Moon party where people would also get to meet the new baby who would be a month by then.
When he booked the indoor playground for our lil man’s party a few months ago, I don’t think he realized how much harder and less time we would have to put everything together with a newborn and an active toddler in the house.
As if that wasn’t enough, I decided to bake all the desserts from scratch – including three cakes. Yikes – talk about #dessertoverboard.
After countless hours and many sleepless nights of working non-stop – we managed to get everything done as a team Yay!
We were also able to transport everything you see below including more from our dining room to the party two and a half hours away in one piece thanks to Mr. Hubs careful and safe driving.
My mother-in-law and mom helped to make the spring rolls, salad and sandwiches while the hubs ordered a few hot dishes and pizza about a few weeks in advance from a nearby restaurant that we were able to pick up on the way to the party:
So, with all that said -
Assemble the Minions and Let’s Party!!!
Despicable Me Minion Birthday Party
The hubs 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 and my lil guy especially loved these! He absolutely couldn’t wait to sink his teeth into them
Thanks so much to Bakerella’s fantastic tutorial and inspiration, these were the cake pops I made with some adaptations using what I had instead:
Minion Macarons (recipe to come)
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 Sugar Cookies
“Thanks a Minion for celebrating E’s party with us!”
Minion Donuts and Chocolate Donuts
It’s no secret that I am totally in love with baked donuts so I just had to try making these scrumptious Double Chocolate Donuts from Joy the Baker for the party as well as a few Minion Donuts (Vanilla Donuts with Vanilla Frosting) after spotting these guys on Pinterest:
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
Mr. Hubs 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.
The boys got yellow bags while the girls got purple bags.
He printed the goggles from this template and used double-sided tape to stick them on the gift 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.
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. After seeing how happy my lil guy was with his robot cake I made for him last year, I couldn’t wait to see his reaction when he saw this cake.
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.
I was super excited a month before our little man’s party when I first saw my good friend, Zainab had also coincidentally made her adorable niece a Minion Cake!
Hers turned out beautifully and super adorable!!! Be sure to check out her awesome tutorial for making her cake!
I totally wish I had covered mine in buttercream instead of fondant too since it would have saved a lot of time rolling and plus, most people – including me – usually peel off the fondant anyway before they eat the cake.
But since I had already gone through the trouble of making the fondant way ahead of time, I didn’t want it to go to waste.
- Two days before the party, I thawed out the marshmallow fondant and cake layers.
- I assembled the cake and put a crumb coat of icing and parked the cake in the fridge.
- Then I started kneading, rolling and covered the entire cake with yellow fondant.
- 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.
- I used Americolor Soft Gel Paste to color all the fondant.
- I cut out a big E and stuck it on the Minion’s overalls using black fondant for my little man’s first name.
- I glued all the details using a brush with almond extract and stuck the arms, legs, shoes and goggles using a tooth pick.
The second cake I made was the same chocolate cake recipe made in a 9″ cake pan that I wanted to use as a base for the Minion to sit on.
Since the Minion cake body was pretty heavy I didn’t end up putting him on the base until we go to the party in case it toppled over in the long car ride.
I also had to stick the Minion goggles on the morning of the party since they were pretty heavy and I didn’t want to risk it falling off and breaking so you will notice that some pictures have the goggles and some don’t.
All the boys at the party couldn’t wait to demolish the Minion Cake – including my lil man. He was absolutely in awe of the cake and enjoyed every.single.bite. at the party.
Most of the kids had finished their pieces and went off to play on the playground while he sat at the table just soaking in every last bite. It was too cute and well worth all the hard work.
Swirled Rose Cake - (recipe to come)
I really wanted to make a cake for Evelyn as well since it would be her Full Moon Celebration so this was the third cake we also served at the party.
It was a light Vanilla Cake with strawberry filling and white chocolate frosting.
All the little girls at the party wanted a slice of this cake instead of the Minion cake.
They all thought it looked pretty like a bouquet of flowers and told me that they couldn’t bear to eat the Minion cake since they thought it would hurt him. Haha – my heart melted with how cute they all were
Phew! That’s all folks.
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 worth it you ask???
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