Though there are plenty of food items in Minecraft, the cake remains the only edible block, more precisely, half-block, in the game. Consequently, the creative people in the game found several uses that are particularly handy. Some were added by Mojang and later Microsoft as a nod to real-life situations or player requests (hint: it has to do with pandas). Otherwise, cakes look and act just as you’d expect—they have a wide sponge base covered by icing with cherries strewn across the top. With that, it’s time we demonstrate how to make a Minecraft cake. Let’s dive in.
Materials required to make a cake in Minecraft
Before you can start replenishing your health bar, you need to collect the necessary ingredients. Here’s a list of materials needed to craft a cake in Minecraft:
- 1x Egg
- 3x Wheat
- 2x Sugar
- 3x Milk Bucket
We won’t go into the breakdown of acquiring each material, as we tend to cover that procedure separately. However, here’s a simplified guide that will get the ball rolling:
- Egg — Laid by the chickens in-game. They spawn naturally and can be bred.
- Wheat — Found in villages with a farm and can be harvested from crops that grew from wheat seeds.
- Sugar — Crafted from a Sugar Cane or a Honey Bottle. You’ll need a Crafting Table. If you’re playing the Bedrock/Edition version, you can use the compound creator tool to put 6 carbon, 12 hydrogen, and 6 oxygen elements.
- Milk Bucket — Craft a Minecraft bucket, approach a cow, and right-click to extract their milk into it.
1. Instructions for making a cake in Minecraft Survival Mode
With base knowledge of all the components involved in the procedure, you’re ready to start concocting a mixture, pun intended. Follow these steps to begin crafting a Minecraft cake:
- Because the recipe is complex, you’ll need to make, place, and utilize a Minecraft Crafting Table before you start.
- If you see the crafting grid, consisting of 3×3 empty boxes and a sole box on the right-hand side, you’ve done everything right.
- Place the materials in this order:
- First row. Place a Milk Bucket into each of three boxes.
- Second row. Put Sugar in the first and third boxes. Place Egg into the box in the middle.
- Third row. Place Wheat into all three boxes.
- If you put the items in the correct slot, you’ll see an icon of a cake pop up in the only box on the right side. Move the cake to any slot in your inventory or hotbar.
- You can now place it on the ground for your or other people’s consumption.
2. Add a cake to your inventory in Minecraft
While you can undoubtedly utilize the same set of steps in Creative or Adventure Mode, you have no reason. There are two options for adding a cake directly, instantly, and, if you want, infinitely. Here they are:
1. Switching to Creative Mode
The first solution is a transition to Creative Mode. This will let you browse nearly all items in the game, and simply drag them to your inventory. Unless you created your server in the aforementioned mode, you’ll need to be in single-player or an administrator on an online server. Here’s what to do:
- Open your chat in-game.
- Type /gamemode creative and send the command.
- After a chat notification, open inventory, select the compass in the top right corner and search for “cake”.
- Drag the team to your inventory or hotbar.
- Stay in Creative Mode to spawn a cake infinitely. Alternatively, switch back to Survival Mode, at which point it will be consumed upon use.
2. Employing a Minecraft command
Another available option includes turning Minecraft cheats on, then running a command adds a cake instantly. This is the /give command for a cake in Minecraft:
- If you are using Java Edition between 1.13 and 1.18.1, type the following command:
/give @p cake 1
- In case you’re playing Java Edition after 1.8 through 1.12, or any other version of the game, the command is:
/give @p cake 1 0
The number, 1, represents the number of cakes you’ll receive. You can change it for a number up to 64 in the second command for reasons we mention under facts.
3. Trade for cake with a villager in-game
Neither in the mood to accumulate materials nor search through the menu or enable cheats? Not an issue—as long as you go on a hunt for a Minecraft village in Java Edition only. Moreover, you must find an expert-level farmer villager or work toward breeding one with that expertise. When you do, the NPC has a 2⁄7 (28.6%) chance to sell you one cake for one Emerald.
4. Find the Minecraft cake in the open world
If you are into exploration, but playing another game version, don’t fret. You can go on a hunt for “Buried treasure” in Bedrock Edition only, and each time you open it, it has a 4.1% chance to have one cake. Moreover, if you’re playing on a multiplayer server, you can find a cake other players placed. When you do so, eat it directly or pick it up with a Silk Touch enchant on your weapon, but only in the Bedrock Edition.
Some noteworthy facts about a Minecraft cake
Like lots of items in Minecraft, the cake supports stacks of 1 to 64, albeit unlike in those cases, not consistently. To clarify, the cake is only stackable (up to 64 items in a stack) in the Bedrock Edition and limited to a singular (1) non-stackable item in Java Edition. Another obstacle is that Milk Bucket doesn’t stack. Thus, you can’t craft 64 cakes at once, irrespective of the version, even if you put 64 of each remaining material at once. Though this was our most important notice, here’s something else you should know about a cake:
- You can’t consume a cake from your inventory. Instead, you must place it on the ground on a solid block.
- Each cake has 7 slices, restoring 14 hunger (7 hunger points in the hotbar) and providing 2.8 hunger saturation in total (2 hunter/1 hunger point/0.4 hunger saturation per slice).
- Cake eating has no animation and emits no sound. Moreover, multiple players can eat the same cake at once at 1 slice per tick (every 0.05 seconds)
- Though you won’t get the item, you can break a cake with a piston push.
- You can raise your compost level by 1 if you place a cake into a composter.
- You can destroy falling blocks if you place a cake underneath, akin to the way torches do.