Beer Bottle Cap Cake
My good friend Sherry decided to host a surprise 40th birthday for her husband Scott. The party was to be a casual gathering amongst close friends. I, being the girl who bakes, was in charge of all things CAKE related. I got busy thinking about the cake…size, flavor, and of course, the shape.
When baking a cake for a friend or family I always want to give it a personal meaning. Scott, like many men I know, has an affection for sports and beer, Heineken Beer to be more specific. What better way to celebrate such a milestone than with a beer inspired birthday cake?
I set out to surf the Internet for ideas for this cake and I couldn’t believe how many I found! There were bottles of beer cakes, ale flavored cakes, bottle cap cakes, beer can cakes and of course, cakes shaped like beer kegs. I turned my attention to the bottle cap designs thinking this would be easier than some of the others to pull off. Sweet Retreat was an incredibly useful website, giving me clear step by step instructions on the process of building this cake. Click here for their step by step Heineken Beer Cap Cake instructions.
I did choose to modify a few things in order to give it my personal stamp. Another difference, I don’t own an airbrush…yet. I had to hand paint the cake which is nice for certain things but was not ideal for coloring this particular cake.
I also decided to change up the lettering. To do this, I looked for the Heineken Beer font online, downloaded it, installed it on my computer and then printed the letters in my desired font size. From here I took the printed letters and covered them with sheets of wax paper, whipped up a batch of royal icing and began piping.
When piping letters, be sure to pipe more than one of each letter as they will break every once in a while. I let the letters dry overnight. The next morning I lifted them off of the wax paper using an offset spatula and placed them directly onto the cake….great effect! The cake was a hit and the party was too much fun.