Since Minecraft is a survival sandbox game, there are a few realistic mechanics in play here. Probably the biggest one is having to eat food. By doing so, you are able to restore health and therefore survive. Plenty of different food items exist for this reason to give players all sorts of advantages, disadvantages, challenges, and more. Amongst these food items, there are ones players can make themselves and others are acquirable in the world. In this guide, we will cover one of the craftable food items in Minecraft and that’s a cake.
We’ll explain how you can get the required items for making the cake, the crafting recipe, and the ways in which you can use this food item. So, without further delay, let’s dive in.
What is a Cake in Minecraft?
Cake is a food item and a placeable block in Minecraft. It’s quite unique and functions like no other food item. In order to eat it, you need to place it in your world first. Once you right-click it, the cake block will shorten as you “take a slice” out of the whole. So, there are a total of 7 different appearances of the cake block in-game.
Also, like most other blocks, the cake has a collision hitbox. Not only that, but every cake stage has a different hitbox, so you can do various silly things with them, like making a cake staircase.
The crafting recipe for the cake is actually a bit more complex than you might think. The ingredients may not be surprising, but the amount of them and the recipe are. Don’t worry though, as we will show you everything you need to know in order to make a cake in Minecraft. You can also buy the cake from farmer villagers in Minecraft, so that’s up to you.
Items You Need to Make a Cake
The first order of business is to collect a few essential items. To bake one cake in Minecraft, you will need the following items:
- 3 buckets of milk
- 2 sugar
- 1 egg
- 3 wheat
Now, if you are new to the game, let me quickly go over the process to secure each item listed above. The egg is one of the easiest times to get on this list, so we will start there.
All you need to do is find a chicken in Minecraft. They are small mobs in Minecraft that every once in a while lay an egg in an item form. When you find a chicken, there is almost certainly an egg item somewhere nearby. If there isn’t an egg anywhere around the chicken, you can simply hang out around the mob for a bit and it will lay an egg shortly.
Next, for the uninitiated, sugar is obtainable by breaking down sugar cane in the crafting grid. How do you get sugar cane? Well, you can get an unlimited supply by building a sugar cane farm using our guide linked here.
You can find sugar cane along rivers, lakes, or small bodies of water in the game. Also, you will easily find this plant block in the desert and swamp biomes.
Wheat is a crop you can get by planting wheat seeds and waiting for them to fully mature. You can follow our guide to plant seeds and grow crops in Minecraft to find out exactly how to grow and obtain wheat.
Finally, the most important item and the one that requires the most preparation is buckets of milk. For this, you will need to make three buckets and find a cow in Minecraft. Cows are also common passive mobs you will find roaming around in various biomes in Minecraft.
If you want a constant supply of milk, we suggest building a cow farm in Minecraft. Once you have the buckets and find a cow, walk up to it and right-click it with an empty bucket. You will instantly get a bucket of milk. Repeat this process with the other two buckets. Also, there is no cooldown for milking cows, so you can get the milk right away.
Minecraft Cake: Crafting Recipe
Now that you have collected all the resources, we can make a cake in Minecraft. Follow the crafting recipe in the crafting table shown in the image below to do just that. We have explained it step-by-step right here:
- First, place three buckets of milk in the top row of the crafting table.
- Next, place three pieces of wheat (one in each cell) in the bottommost row.
- Then, two sugars go on either edge of the middle row, leaving the middle cell empty.
- Finally, place the chicken egg in the middle cell of the crafting table.
- Voila! You will now have successfully crafted a cake in Minecraft.
Best Uses for a Cake in Minecraft
Cakes can be used on a couple of different occasions in Minecraft. What do you use a cake for? Tell us in the comments!
The primary function of cakes is simply as a food item in Minecraft. You must place it in the world to eat it, unlike other food items. Right-clicking a placed cake will let you take a slice and therefore get one hunger point back. Cakes have seven slices total, so this means if you were to eat the whole cake, you would get 7 hunger points restored. This may seem amazing and absolutely OP, but we do need to take the entire process into account.
Not only is the crafting recipe difficult because of the three milk buckets, but the cake slices don’t restore much saturation at all. This means you’ll get hungry rather quickly after eating it. There is an advantage to eating cake, though. You can place a few in your base and if you run out of the main food item in your inventory, you won’t need to worry about starving.
Eating the cake may seem like the first and obvious use, but wouldn’t you rather just place it and leave it in your world as decoration? I’m someone who does that, as the pretty cake blocks make for a perfect addition to every bakery interior build. Not to forget that there are 7 different cake stages, so you have even more options. Moreover, candles have a special interaction with cakes.
Right-clicking a cake with a candle selected will place the candle on top of the cake. Then, you can use flint or steel to light the candle and secure the area from hostile mob spawning. You can place just one candle on a cake though. Also, be careful where you put the cake in the first place because breaking it doesn’t drop the cake item, but it gets completely destroyed in the process.
If you have cakes but don’t really want to eat them or use them as decoration, you can recycle them in the Minecraft composter. When you right-click a composter with a cake, the cake will get consumed, but you’ll 100% increase the compost level. Once the compost level reaches its maximum value, you will get one bone meal from it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you make a Minecraft cake with just one milk bucket?
Unfortunately, you cannot make a cake with one milk bucket. All the ingredients listed in our guide are essential for making a single cake. However, some community members have pointed out that the cake recipe should include sweet berries and definitely less milk. What do you think about that? Let us know in the comment section below.