You know those super-stylish letter and number cakes that have been ALL OVER Instagram this year? You might be surprised to learn that you can make your own without a lot of fancy decorating skills. All it takes is some basic equipment, pretty stuff to pile on top, and plenty of creativity. Read on and prepare to score a perfect 10!
Here's how to DIY a letter or number cake at home
What you need:
- Two number or letter cake layers (yes, you need a specially shaped pan!)
- Disposable piping bags
- Plain round piping tip (we used an Ateco 809)
- Fresh fruit
Begin by placing your first number or letter cake layer on a cake stand or iced-and-trimmed board. Lightly brush any loose crumbs off the cake to make sure they don’t get in the way when filling.
Bag up your buttercream in a disposable piping bag with a plain round tip. (A round tip will give you nice smooth dollops of frosting, but you can also use a closed or open star tip to create a little texture.)
Pipe drops or "kisses" of buttercream all along the surface of your first cake layer. You can nestle in sprinkles, mini fudge pieces, meringues or even chocolate chips at this stage if you like.
Carefully place the next cake layer of cake on top of the frosting. Don't press it down too hard, though — it needs to sit securely, but not smush the layer of buttercream.
Pipe another layer of buttercream dollops on top of the cake.
Now it’s time for the fun part — adding all the decorations on top! We like to start with the largest decorations first, as they create focal points on the cake. In our case, we used macarons and chocolate-dipped strawberries. Chocolate candy or fresh flowers (that are food-safe) would be fun additions, too.
Next, nestle smaller decorations — like small candies or fresh fruit — into the buttercream. For this cake, we used our own handmade chocolate diamond hearts and gold-brushed berries.
For the finishing touch add a light dusting of sprinkles, gold leaf flakes or edible glitter. We used freeze-dried raspberry pieces and cool metallic sprinkles.