Delight the beer aficionado on your list with a cake that looks like an ice cold brew. While some elaborately shaped cakes require hours of prep and mad baking skills, you don't have to be a whiz in the kitchen to make a beer mug-shaped cake. If you can bake a basic sheet cake and stir up some colored frosting, you're on your way to a cake that's sure to be a hit at your next party.
Things You'll Need
- White sheet cake
- Aluminum foil
- Sturdy sheet of cardboard or serving tray
- Large piece lightweight cardboard
- Sharp paring knife
- White buttercream frosting
- One medium bowl
- Two small bowls
- Yellow, orange and ivory food coloring
- Edible glitter, optional
- Spreader or frosting knife
- Butter knife
Bake a white rectangular sheet cake according to the package directions. When cool, remove the cake to a foil-covered sheet of cardboard or serving tray.
Draw the outline of a beer mug, including foam head and handle, on a piece of lightweight cardboard, using an actual beer mug as a guide if you have one handy. Cut out the beer mug drawing to use as a pattern for your cake.
Place the pattern gently on the top of the sheet cake. Hold the pattern in place as you carefully cut around it, into the cake, using a sharp knife. Remove the pattern and discard. Carefully pull away the cut outer edges of the cake. Discard them or save them for a future snack.
Make a large batch of your favorite white buttercream frosting or use a prepared frosting. Separate the frosting into three bowls: put small amounts in two of the bowls, leaving the largest amount in a third.
Use baker's food colorings to obtain the desired shade of gold or amber in the bowl with the large quantity of frosting -- this color will be applied to the main portion of the mug, representing the beer. Leave the icing in the second bowl white. In the third bowl, mix ivory food coloring into the frosting for use in creating the glass handle of the mug. You can also mix edible clear glitter into the ivory frosting to make the handle look more realistic.
Frost the body of the mug-shaped cake with the beer-colored icing, leaving the top 1 to 2 inches and the bottom half-inch unfrosted. Be sure to frost the sides and edges of the cake so it looks like a full mug of beer, with no cake showing through in those areas. If you want to create a textured mug design, gently pull the tip of a butter knife lengthwise down the mug several times, equally spaced, to give the appearance of ridges. Allow the frosting to dry completely.
Frost the handle and bottom of the mug cake with the "glass" ivory frosting. Use the remaining bowl of white frosting to top off your beer cake with a frothy head. Swirl the frosting with the knife or lift your knife up quickly from the surface as you frost the top to give it texture. To create the appearance of the foam running down the side of the mug, continue the white textured frosting in an asymmetrical upside-down triangle a few inches down over the beer-colored frosting on one side of the mug. Allow the frosting to dry completely.