Minecraft Mayhem

I don’t know how many of you lovely readers are Mothers to boys but if you are one, I’m guessing you’re hearing a fair amount about Minecraft of late. In particular, I bet some of you are listening to the dulcet tones of Stampylongnose/Stampylonghead (or whatever it is he calls himself!) Those of you who don’t have boys are probably wondering what on earth I’m talking about!

Allow me to explain  (as quickly and painlessly as is possible). According to wikipedia, “Minecraft is a a sandbox indie [computer] game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus “Notch” Persson and later developed and published by Mojang…The creative and building aspects of Minecraft allow players to build constructions out of textured cubes in a 3D procedurally generated world. Other activities in the game include exploration, gathering resources, crafting, and combat.”

My son spends more time than I would like playing Minecraft and watching videos on Youtube of other people playing Minecraft whilst giving a running commentary of what they are doing. This is where Stampylongnose (now known as Stampylonghead) comes in. Stampy is one of these gamers posting videos every day of himself (sometimes accompanied by his friends) exploring ‘Stampy’s lovely world.” His character in the game is called ‘Stampy Cat’

To say that my son is obsessed with Stampy is quite the understatement. As I mentioned in my last post, this week we are celebrating our Son’s birthday and of course, he requested a Stampy Cat birthday cake. Imagine my joy when I discovered that none of our local supermarkets have caught onto the Stampy Cat craze and I couldn’t just swan in and buy one. (My preferred method of birthday cake preparation!)

I’m going to confess to you now that my baking and cake decorating skills are what we will refer to as ‘limited.’ So, what is a girl to do when such a situation arises? Call on Mum of course!

Meet my lovely Mum, she's just the best xxxxx

Meet my lovely Mum, she’s just the best xxxxx

Mum is much better than me at baking and cake decorating so we agreed to have a go at a Stampy Cat cake together. (That is, she baked a lovely cake then turned up at my house armed with the cake, several different coloured blocks of icing and a rolling pin. Did I mention that she’s the best Mum ever?!) My contribution to the effort was to find a picture of Stampy Cat online and take a photo of it with my phone. She literally could not have got through this without me. I’m telling you.

Stampy Cat - we were just going for the face, best not to be over-ambitious

Stampy Cat – we were just going for the face, best not to be over-ambitious

Getting Stampy’s face onto our cake turned out to be rather like doing a puzzle. We cut lots of (roughly the same size) squares of our rolled out icing and pieced it onto the white base (I let Mum do the base bit. She’s all just take, take take ;-)) We started with the black squares around the eyes and worked our way out from there. Even my son got involved in putting the ‘puzzle’ together (he LOVED it) and my daughter took some (kind of wonky but cute) photos of all the chaos.

My role was honestly integral to the whole process

My role was honestly integral to the whole process

Please don’t judge me for the shocking mess we made during the ‘creative’ process (or for the fact that my husband chooses to hang his coat on the kitchen door when he gets home from work, even though the coat cupboard is like, one stride away from that door. I think he likes to feel that he’s filling my empty life with these little tasks. It’s like a little act of love!! Ah-hem!)

One happy little chappie

One happy little chappie

To say that my son is over-the-moon with the cake is getting somewhere close to how happy he is to have a Stampy Cat cake. He was so excited when we finished, it was just the cutest thing ever. It filled up my heart with that fizzy feeling I always get when something I do makes one of my little ones happy. There’s just nothing better. Whatever will I do when they are all grown up and don’t need me any more?! No, seriously, what?!

Stampy Cat - you can completely tell it's him, right?

Stampy Cat – you can completely tell it’s him, right?

So, how about you lovely people, has anyone been contemplating making a Stampy Cat birthday cake for their little man? Anyone got a crazy weekend of wall-to-wall partying planned? Anyone else struggling with their creative skillz? Have a great week!

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    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Ha ha, yes, sorry about that! Still, you know where to come if you need guidance! (My Mum! I’m happy to provide as much moral support as you need!)

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