{Cheers!} How to Make a Beer Can Cake

December 30, 2012 in Gettin' Crafty

You’ll be happy to know I did some laundry. My socks officially match… and thanks to a couple new pairs I received in a stocking, I’m ALL SET for the new year! Watch out 2013 – Matching Sock Dana is comin’ for ya.

The past couple weeks have been a whirlwind! Between pre-Christmas shopping & work hustle-bustle to holiday festivities… and even a post-Christmas sick-spree I hope to NEVER go through again! Whirl. Wind.

Last week my bo-fren turned 30. For the sake of this blog, let’s call him The Big Guy… anywho… Big Guy turned the big 3-0. You know me… I jump at the opportunity to make a gift… so of course his birthday gifts included a couple “DIY by Dana” creations.  (ha… DIY by Dana is catchy!)

I digress. (Shocker)

I’ll share one of the gifts I did-up in the coming days, but first I thought I’d share an EASY & fun “cake” to make for the man (or kids) in your life. This isn’t exactly rocket science… and it’s DEFINITELY been done before. But I had fun making it and wanted to share it with all of you anyway!

Plus… how knows… one of you might want to whip one of these up for your New Years Eve celebration! It’d be such a fun centerpiece!

Disclaimer: Obviously you’ll want to swap out beer cans for soda cans for kids. I know that’s pretty Captain Obvious, but I felt I better state that anyway. C’mon people. Step one of DIY: Put your thinking caps on. :-)

Fun right!  Like I said… I wound up sick last week… and so was he! Of course we were both sick on his birthday. Guh. So it’s probably a good thing I didn’t bake a real cake. It wouldn’t have been as fresh since I didn’t get to spend Big Guy’s Big Day with him and we probably couldn’t have eaten it anyway! Sigh… what a bummer! Oh well, We made up for it with a weekend of funnery once we were both back in tip-top shape! I’m rambling though. Let’s get on with it…

How to Make a Beer Can Cake:

Gather up your supplies. I didn’t want to pay $17+ for 3 boxes of varying cake circle sizes at Michaels so I opted to make my own. I just scrummaged around the house until I found three circular items that matched the measurements I needed. I traced them onto some cardboard and cut them out. I wanted a quick and easy way to dress up my circles so I purchased three sheets of scrapbook paper ($.25 a piece) and used spray adhesive to affix them to the cardboard.

  1. Starting with the bottom layer, I just lined up my cans in a ring around the outer edge. I added a few cans in the middle for structural support. I didn’t need to transport my cake so I opted to NOT use tape to stick my cans to the cardboard circles.
  2. Add the second cardboard circle and ring o’ beers. This time I didn’t use a center can though. Wasn’t necessary.
  3. Add the third (and final) cardboard circle and ring o’ beers.
  4. Step back and admire your work while smiling like an idiot at a three-tier tower o’ brewskies. True story.

Not pictured:

After stacking all my beers, I added ribbon trim around each layer. I think it really adds a nice POP. Double-sided tape is perfect for this, but just about any tape would do! I’d also add a couple of tape donuts on the cans around the ribbon circle so your ribbon doesn’t sag.

You can dress up your cake however you see fit. Big Guy is a Big Fan of scratch-off lottery tickets so I snagged a few scratchers to jazz up his top-tier. Cascading curling ribbon, a big-fat-bow or even a real cake topper would all be great options to consider too!

…and no, he’s not an instant millionaire now. …just $3 richer.  Big Winnnner!

So I’m curious? Have you made a can cake before? Any tips or suggestions for everyone else? Feel free to leave a comment below and let us know!

I hope everyone has a great New Years Eve. Enjoy the night with your friends and family… but please… be safe!


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