How to make a cake in Minecraft

Want to know how to make a Minecraft cake? Of course you do! A Minecraft cake is a great source of food when you’re exploring the deserts, badlands, and jungles of your world, but has a few other unique uses too. Speaking of jungles, that’s the Minecraft biome adorable pandas call home, and another fun fact about them is that cake is one of their favourite foods and therefore an essential component to befriending them.

Since the Caves and Cliffs 1.17 update, you can even put a candle on top of a Minecraft cake, making the perfect birthday gift for your friends while playing one of the best PC games in multiplayer. Maybe it’s just for your pet horse in your single-player world. As for its main use as a food source, a cake works in its own distinctive way. Instead of simply munching on it – like a panda does – you can instead place it down, taking a slice at a time. This means you can make it last and save inventory space while you’re at it. Here’s what you need to know about the cake recipe and the best way to celebrate birthdays in Minecraft.

Minecraft cake - the recipe for crafting cake in Minecraft. It needs three wheat, three milk, two sugar, and an egg.

Minecraft cake recipe

You need to do quite a bit of work before you can make a cake, as it is one of the more complex food recipes in Minecraft. It helps to have a few arable and pastoral farms on the go, too, as you need wheat, sugar, cows, and chickens to make a Minecraft cake.

The recipe for a cake in Minecraft is three buckets of milk (so you also need nine iron ingots for buckets), one egg, two sugar and three wheat, and you use the full 3×3 grid of a Crafting Table, so you need one of those, too. The correct order for the items, as you can see in the image above, is to place the three milk buckets in the top row, an egg in the centre box with sugar on either side and three wheat along the bottom.

How to craft sugar in Minecraft

Sugar, in its powder form, is crafted from sugar cane. Sugar cane can be obtained from any overworld biome in which there is water, as it grows in dirt or sand next to the water’s edge. To farm sugar cane, simply plant it on sand or dirt with an adjacent water block – you’ll notice you can’t plant it without the water. After some time, sugar cane grows upwards to a maximum of three blocks. Cut down the top two but leave the bottom one to carry on growing – before long, you’ll have more sugar cane than you know what to do with.

Minecraft cake - a cow stands next to a bucket full of milk.

How to obtain milk in Minecraft

To get the three buckets of milk required, you need access to at least one cow. It can either be tamed or wild, but it does need to be an adult. Simply craft three buckets from three iron ingots each – you can’t skimp here as all three buckets need to go in the crafting grid simultaneously – and use the buckets on a cow by right-clicking with the empty bucket in your main hand.

How to farm eggs in Minecraft

Minecraft chickens lay eggs periodically, so your best method of collecting eggs is to have some chickens in a pen (preferably a large, comfortable one, of course). However, if you go exploring and see chickens out and about, chances are an egg or two will find their way into your inventory.

Minecraft cake - a panda chowing down on a delicious cake in a field.

Uses for a Minecraft cake

As we mentioned, there are a few unique uses for Minecraft cakes, but one we haven’t touched on is simply as a decorative item! Make the kitchen in your lovely base look even nicer by placing a cake on the side or dining table. That way, if you find yourself desperately hungry, you know there’s always something to eat when you get home.

Here are some other uses for a Minecraft cake to consider:

  • Food source: As a food source, a cake slice isn’t great, restoring just two hunger points. However, eating a whole cake is actually one of the best food sources for saturation and hunger, with its seven slices totalling 14 hunger replenished.
  • Panda food: If you drop a cake item near a panda in the jungle, one of many Minecraft biomes, it may hurry over and pick it up. However, pandas do not eat a cake block placed on the ground, so you should throw it with ‘Q’, rather than placing it by right-clicking. Cake does not cause a panda to enter love mode like bamboo, so this is more just for the cute factor, really.
  • Redstone component: Thanks to its unique slice mechanic, Minecraft cake also makes for an interesting redstone component. Like hunger, a full cake emits a signal strength of 14, decreasing by two for every slice removed.
  • Composting: It’s a bit wasteful, but if you’re desperate, you can chuck a cake in a composter to increase the level by one.
  • Birthday cake: Last but not least, our favourite, place a single candle on top of a cake and light it for a delightful birthday surprise! You can place any coloured candle on a cake (top tip: red matches the cherries), but you can’t place more than one.

So now you know how to make a Minecraft cake, go and enjoy your tea party surrounded by pandas – and don’t burn yourself on those candles. As this is a multiplayer game at heart, if this has given you all sorts of ideas for your friends’ birthdays, find out about hosting a Minecraft server, and invite everyone over for a celebration.

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