ABCs & 123s Birthday Party
Letter or Number Cake
Making your own colorful cake is easier than you may think, and can be done up to a few days in advance. We decided on a letter cake, but a number-shaped cake is just as great!
- homemade or store-bought cake (use a firm sponge cake)
- icing tubes in white, red, orange, yellow, green and blue
- parchment paper
- letter (or number) templates made using word-processing software
- sharp serrated knife
- piping bags (5) and star piping tips of your choice (not shown)
- Start by printing and cutting out a large letter or number template to fit your cake size. We used Arial font to draw a large letter H in a word-processing software document. You could use a number also (see photos).
- Pin your template onto the cake’s smoother side, using toothpicks to keep it in place.
- Using the knife, cut around your template. Do not discard the cut-off pieces of cake! They freeze well and can be used to make yummy cake pops.
- Clean up the crumbs from the cake plate, and place the cake in the freezer for about 10 minutes before decorating to firm it up.
- Cover the entire cake with a thick layer of white frosting. Return the cake to the freezer for five minutes while you prepare the icing bags.
- Transfer your cake to the serving platter, and fill a piping bag with yellow icing. Starting with the middle of the letter (because that's the trickiest part to ice), pipe yellow icing across the top and sides of the cake. Return the cake to the freezer for about five minutes.
- Proceed in the same fashion with the orange icing, covering the smallest/hardest to reach parts of the cake first. Return the cake to the freezer for about five minutes.
- Finish the bottom of the letter with red icing. Return the cake to the freezer for about five minutes.
- Turn the cake around and pipe the green icing onto the top. Return the cake to the freezer for about five minutes.
- Finish with blue icing. You can keep the cake refrigerated up to five days.