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Beer Can Cake

Personalize a beer can cake especially for Dad!

By Annissa Cheyne Frosted Cake Design



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To Make the Beer Can Logo:

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  • Cut out printed or hand drawn logo. For reference, 6" (15.3 cm) tall by 5.25" (13.3 cm) wide is the ideal scale.
  • Roll out gold coloured fondant to about 4-5 mm thick.
  • Place logo on top of gold fondant.
  • Using a sterilized pin (push pin, safety pin or sewing pin) place dots around the logo. This will serve as an outline to cut out.
  • Carefully "connect the dots," cutting the fondant with the sharp craft knife. 
  • Remove excess and cover with saran wrap as you will need it later.
  • Using your fingertips, gently soften edges of the logo and eliminate any pin dots. 
  • Using edible black marker, add additional details on the deer, antlers and flag.

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  • Roll out forest green fondant.
  • Repeat the steps as above for the green section, with the pin. Soften edges with fingertips and set aside to dry a little.
  • Roll out gold coloured fondant again and cut the "ribbon" sections that are on each side of the center. Gently press with finger to add dimension and soften edges with fingertips once again.
  • Refer to printed logo for scale and trim if necessary, and set aside to dry.
  • Roll out burgundy fondant quite thinly, to about 3 mm thick. Carefully cut the deer free handed or using the pin method. Again, refer to printed logo for scale. Soften edges with fingertips and set aside.
  • Repeat with gold fondant, for the antlers. Don't worry if these come out 'rough' and 'ragged' at this point!
  • Placing each antler one by one on top of the print out (powder it with icing sugar to ensure it doesn’t stick) and trim and shape to scale. 
  • *This will take some patience, alternatively you may draw the antlers on with an edible marker.* 

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  • Roll out white fondant and cut a small white rectangle for the flag.
  • Using tiny, tiny ball of the leftover burgundy fondant, flatten and place on the flag as the crest.
  • Lay all pieces out and begin to assemble. Brush with a small amount of water to dampen the fondant, this will serve as your ‘glue’. 
  • You may need to wiggle/stretch the green to reduce the space between the ‘ribbon’.
  • Mix gold lustre and vodka to a thin, painting consistency.
  • Using a small paintbrush, add dimension, and paint the wheat sheaves. Refer to the image for further reference.
  • Using an edible black marker, add additional details on the deer, antlers and flag. 
  •  *(Not pictured) Using the pin method, roll out white fondant and cut out letters. Luckily they are block, but this does take some time :) Alternatively, you may use the silver lustre dust/vodka mixture to paint them on.
  • * Important *Store on the fondant storage board in a sealed, air tight plastic bag. It needs to stay soft in order to bend and adhere to the shape of the cake.* 

List of Supplies - Beer Can Cake:

  • Buttercream
  • Satin Ice Fondant - white
  • 5-6" round cakes
  • 1-6" foil covered board
  • Serrated knife
  • Large & small rolling pin
  • 2 spatulas
  • Fondant smoother
  • Food color gel - forest green
  • Measuring tape
  • Icing sugar
  • Ruler
  • 5" foiled covered board
  • Fondant storage board
  • Small veining tool
  • Large paintbrush
  • Sharp craft knife
  • Small bowl
  • Silver luster dust
  • Vodka
  • 5.5" diameter circle guide
  • Water
  • Soda can for visual guide

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  • Using a serrated knife, trim cake layers to even heights. Mine were 1.25 inches tall. Having flat, even layers will ensure the structure of the cake.
  • Place first cake layer on 6" foiled covered board. Fill with buttercream and place next layer on top.
  • Add dowels to this layer to enforce structure and so the cake will not droop or collapse. I used three arranged in a triangle shape.
  • Place 5" foiled covered board on top and repeat the previous two steps.
  • Cut the final, remaining layer in half (two, .75 inch layers). Layer and fill.
  • Using your serrated knife, gently trim the very top layer, tapering inwards. Keep in mind the fondant pop can top measures 5.5 inches in diameter. Don't worry if you trim too much, it can be built up with buttercream later!
  • Apply a thin crumb coat and place in the refrigerator to harden.
  • Apply a second, thicker coat and smooth. This is where you may need to build up the tapered area, using your fondant pop can top as a size reference. Return the cake to the refrigerator to harden. 

Can tab:

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  • Roll the fondant to a thickness of 6-7 mm and using the 5.5" Circe guide cut out the can top.
  • Use the thicker end of the veining tool to create a rim - line the edge of the Circe. Using the thin end of the veining tool - gently emboss the additional details where the can tab will be. Use an additional can for reference. 
  • To make the tab - roll out fondant to a thickness of 4-5 mm and cut out details (use additional soda can for details). Roll a small ball and flatten - adhering to the center with a dot of water.
  • Mix silver luster dust and vodka to pain both pieces. Let dry.

Covering the can:

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  • Color your fondant forest green with the gel color and roll out a large enough piece to cover the cake. Once the cake is completely covered, trim off any excess and smooth out the seam in the back with a fondant smoother.

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  • For the tapered section on top - roll out white fondant to meet the circumference. Cut a strip ensuring the lines are straight. Apply and trim excess.
  • Cover top of the can with the piece of silver luster dust fondant that you prepared.

List of Supplies - Isomalt Ice

  • Isomalt recipe of choice
  • Silicone tray

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  • Melt isomalt, stirring to ensure even heat. 
  • Pour into silicone ice cube tray - filling 8-10 cubes - leave to harden.

Finishing Touches

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  • Mix luster dust and vodka to paint top area.
  • Place beer can top on top of cake (with tab in place). To elevate tab to look "open", place a small ball of fondant underneath tab to stand up.
  • To apply logo - use a small amount of water to adhere on can.
  • Apply ice cubes now by brushing a small amount of clear corn syrup. Be very careful placing the bubbles - they shatter extremely easy.

List of Supplies - For Message:

  • Satin Ice Gum Paste
  • Tappits
  • Gum Paste storage board
  • Small rolling pin

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  • Roll out gumpaste as thin as possible and dust with powdered sugar.
  • Punch out desired letters using tappets and set aside to dry.
  • * Alternatively, you could roll out a strip of fondant/gumpaste and use an edible ink marker to handwrite your message, or pipe directly on the board with buttercream *

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