Beer Can Cake

If  someone were to describe my Dad they would be hard pressed to come up with anything other than ’50’s Beer’ and the ‘New York Yankees’. While neither are traditional words to describe a person, they truly are perfect for my Dad. He’s well known for both, having been a die hard fan for as long as he can remember. And when my Dad is passionate about something, he pretty loyal, just ask my Mom 😉 

So with his 65th birthday fast approaching, I tried to toss some ideas around with Mom. This is not a man who is easy to shop for, he literally both wants and needs nothing. I remembered back to a gift idea I had seen on pinterest (love you pinterest!) some months back on a cake made of Miller Lite beer cans. I knew I could easily take this concept and run with it, customizing it to my Dad’s milestone birthday. Here’s my version made specially for our Pops!

beer can cake

 

BEER CAN CAKE

What You’ll Need

Sturdy Cardboard
30 Cans of Beer (your favourite brand)
Ribbon (any width in a co ordinating pattern or colour)
Glue Gun
Paint (any colour)
Heavy tape (electrical, duct, hockey)
Special Cake Topper

Let’s Start!

Cut your cardboard into an 8″, 10″ and 12″ inch circle. Paint 2 coats of paint on each circle, allowing time to dry between coats – I chose a silver colour. The edges of the cardboard won’t look very nice, so to tidy them up I used black electrical tape. Just run this along the edge of the cardboard, all the way around and trim. The results looked pretty cool and still ‘manly’, it almost had a leather-like look to it.

edge

 

Okay time to stack ’em

Start with the 12″ circle and place 11 beers along the outer edge, with 3 cans in the middle. Place the 10″ circle on top of the first layer and add 9 more cans along the edge of that circle. The final 8″ inch circle of cardboard is next with the remaining 6 beers along the edge and 1 for the middle.

beer can cake

 

Dress it up!

Measure your co ordinating ribbon for each level and secure with a dab of glue from a hot glue gun. I found this to be enough to hold everything together and I travelled 3 hours in a van with it. However, if you are worried about the ribbon slipping, you can easily secure the ribbon directly to the cans at random points around the cake. I choose a festive birthday candle design for the middle layer and a super sparkly silver ribbon for the other two layers. For the top of the cake I purchased some curly ribbon in a black/white/silver colour combo and a flashing 6 and 5 candle holder from a party store. With the cans all marked with a ’50’ on them, this would make a really fun 50th Birthday Cake!

topper pm

 

Be warned that the cake will be very heavy, that’s 30 cans of brew on there! Best to leave it on a table and have the birthday boy come to it, or slip something underneath to support the weight if you are presenting it to them. 

So there ya go! Make your favourite beer lover a cake you know they will love! 

Happy 65th Birthday Pops! We love you!

beer can cake

 

Christmas Tree Adaption

While building this cake up over the holidays, I couldn’t help but notice that the green and red of the 50 cans looked pretty darn festive and the tower resembled a tree. By pulling out one of the middle cans on a layer and adding it to the very top, you could easily adapt this project to look like a Christmas tree and just change up the decorations to suite the holidays instead.

Comments

  1. !!! I love it 🙂 That completely screams my dad’s name…. I think I know what I will be doing for his birthday in the Spring 🙂

    Thanks for sharing & HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your pops 🙂

  2. kelly young says:

    this is awesome i would love one this year for mine LOL

  3. My hubby would love this cake! You did a great job and your dad looks like he really loves it.

  4. So much fun! Where did you get the candles? They are fun!

  5. LOVE THIS!

  6. Oh my gosh! That is such a cool idea! And so unique and perfect for a beer lover! I think this would be great for Father’s Day too, and for a teen who is having a birthday to turn legal drinking age too! Super fun way to celebrate! Have a great week! Angie

    • momvsboys says:

      lol I was thinking a fun 19th b-day too but was scared to say it! Definitely a great Father’s Day gift! What dad wouldn’t love that right?

  7. My girlfriend made one of these for her husband on their wedding day. She had it delivered the morning of. They’re really cute.

    I LOVE the new look btw.

    • momvsboys says:

      lol all decked out for Valentine’s Day! lol that is really fun that the bride sent the groom beer! I hope he had lots of groomsmen to share it with so he could still walk down the aisle!

  8. Congratulations on your dad’s milestone birthday! What a creative beer cake, I love the look on his face as he’s about to blow out his candle!

  9. I am SO making this for my BFF’s birthday… now to bookmark it and remember it in September. She will flip 🙂

  10. OMG love the Christmas tree idea, it will be the perfect gift for my uncles next year!

  11. DARLENE W says:

    Too funny, hubby would love this

  12. My hubby got me this for my last birthday! lol 😀

  13. Debbie White Beattie says:

    This cake would be my husbands ultimate gift and he would insist on this same cake/present every year

  14. Darren Scrubb says:

    Truly a gift I would enjoy since I like to have a drink daily.

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