We are celebrating Chris’ birthday this week and in true craft beering fashion I made him a cake using cans of his all time favorite brews. Judging by his reaction and those of friends who saw a picture of it on social media, a craft beer cake like this one is guaranteed to make any craft beer lover smile!
The best thing about a craft beer cake made with cans is that it is more exciting to receive. Period. It totally is. As added benefits I’d point out that it is easier to handle (especially if you are trying to hide it like I did) and requires no immediate refrigeration. It also takes just a few minutes to put together once you rally up all the ‘ingredients’.
I wanted to go for a low key craftsy look. I picked up some twine, a roll of burlap ribbon, a cute little sign, decorative spiral sprinkles and a round aluminum pizza pan to serve as the base. I cut out circles from a brown corrugated paperboard box.
The single most important ingredient is, of course, the favorite craft beer of the recipient. I ended up using four six-packs (mostly Crazy Mountain Brewing Co. brews, Chris’ long time favorite). I almost needed an extra can, but I managed without it. Perhaps having thirty cans at your disposal is a better idea, so you don’t find yourself in a situation where you have to make a second run to the liquor store.
Another thing – if you will be moving the cake to a location other than where you assembled it, it helps to use a sturdy board of some sort and build the cake on top.
When you begin assembling it helps if you use clear tape to help the individual cans stay together. Just form small tubular pieces of tape with the sticky side facing out and place them in between individual cans. After you finish the first layer, you can easily tell how big of a circle you will need to cut the cardboard into for the next. Same for the third layer.
Decorate with ribbons…
and place the finishing touches. I cut one of the six-pack plastic holder grid thingies into individual pieces to use as little trays for mini red velvet cup cakes that Chris loves.
After a few finishing touches it was done!
If you have the time and a can of craft beer left you could make some beer brittle and use chunks of it for decoration in place of the cupcakes. Or a large cupcake with a candle? Or whatever you want really.
Your effort will be appreciated, I promise. Chris was super happy with his craft beer cake!