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How to Make a Birthday Beer Cake

How to Make a Beer-thday Cake

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How to Make a Beer-thday Cake

Birthday Beer Cake

Earlier this week, I told you all about the actual birthday cake I made for my husband’s 30th birthday this past week. Now, it’s time for me to show you the other cake I made for him—a beer cake!

This was such a fun (and easy) gift to put together for him. We’re craft beer lovers, and I knew for a while I wanted to get him 30 different brews for 30 years on the planet—but I couldn’t quite figure out how to put it together in a fun way. Then, I saw a beer-can cake on display at some grocery store (made with crappy beer, but that’s not the point), and I knew I wanted to recreate it for him with a variety of craft brews. A few weeks later, Craig happened to pin a beer cake to his Pinterest wish list board, and I knew it was meant to be.

Beer Birthday Cake

The first step was to do some beer shopping. We’re very lucky to have an awesome liquor store nearby that specializes in single-bottle sales of a huge variety of craft beers from around the world—narrowing it down to 30 was really hard! I also wanted to try and make sure to get bottles of even heights to keep the beer cake steady. I’m sure I looked like a total lunatic measuring beer bottles in the store.

Beer Birthday Cake

In the end, I decided to do three layers. The bottom layer was 16 bottles, the middle layer was 10 cans, and the top layer was four more bottles. There were quite a few brews I wanted to get that only came in cans, so instead of skipping them completely, I decided to devote a whole layer to canned beers.

Beer Birthday Cake

I also picked up 12″ cake boards from the craft store (to make the layers), plus ribbon, decorative floral picks, star garland, and glitter paper to make it all fun and festive.

Before we headed out for dinner on his birthday, I kicked him out of the house for a few minutes—don’t worry, I didn’t leave him out in the cold on his birthday, I sent him down the street to my parents’ house for a birthday cocktail—while I assembled the beer cake.

First went down one of the cake boards.

Beer Birthday Cake

Then I arranged 16 beer all around the circle.

Beer Birthday Cake

I wanted to make sure the cake had a nice sturdy base, and 16 seemed to do the trick.

Beer Birthday Cake

Next up went the second circle.

Beer Birthday Cake

Followed by the canned beers.

Beer Birthday Cake

I used 10 canned beers, and it worked out, but I would have preferred one or two more on the layer for added stability. I’d say this cake would probably work the best with 33-35 beers.

Next up went the final cake board.

Beer Birthday Cake

And then I topped it with four topper beers. These were the odd height beers I wanted to get him—they all went on top since there is nothing that needs to balance on them.

Beer Birthday Cake

Then I wrapped each layer in ribbon, stuck in the decorative picks, and wrapped the whole thing in star garland.  I also cut “30” out of the glitter cardstock, attached it to a wooden skewer with tape, and stuck it in the top of the cake.

Beer Birthday Cake

And then, just to be really nice and obnoxious, I spread confetti all around the cake (and promptly locked the cat in the basement—because I don’t even want to know what a cat does with a table full of confetti and a precarious stack of beer bottles).

Beer Birthday Cake

He was so excited about this! I’m sure he would have been just as excited if I plopped 30 beers in a box, but I think making them into a cake made his big, milestone birthday just a little bit more special. The most time-consuming part of the whole process was picking out the beers for him (which I loved doing, because I know I’ll be sipping on them, too). It was a great gift! He was so sad when we had to take it apart (see the previous cat comment), and he loved looking at all the different bottles so much, he didn’t want to put any of them in the fridge!



Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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25 Responses
  1. Megan sanford

    How could you make the beer stay in place if you had to move it? I’m making one for my boyfriend’s birthday and I’m not sure how I’m going to move it?

    1. Cassie

      I would recommend assembling it where you are gifting it, if possible! I don’t think there is a good way to attach them. If you have all your supplies together, it only takes about 15-20 minutes to put together.

  2. Tricia

    im thinking of doing this for my father in law for Christmas maybe as more of a Christmas tree. With all glass bottles. Any ideas on how to make something like that sturdy enough that I could assemble it prior to getting to their house?

  3. Jana

    Love this idea! So creative and thoughtful for any beer lover. Did you adhere the bottles/cans to each layer? I’m just wondering how they stayed put. Thanks in advance for any advice you may have! 🙂

  4. Oh my goodness Cassie, this is perfect! My husband is turning 30 in June and he just organized an incredible month long celebration for my 30th. I’ve been racking by brain trying to figure out what I’m going to do and this will definitely be part of the celebration. Thanks for making it so clear!

  5. I love this. I’m definitely tucking the idea away from my husband’s birthday! He loves craft beer too and I know he’ll love this. What a fantastic idea.

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