‘K’ birthday board cake.

My dear friend and neighbor Kirsten had a birthday yesterday and I wanted to make her a fun cake.

I think one of the hardest things about cakes is how to present them so I decided to DIY my own cake board–which is surprisingly easy. I took a piece of styrofoam from an old box of delivered furniture and wrapped it in some oilcloth I had in my stash.

Then I just used staples to tack it down to the back of the board. Oilcloth is awesome for a cake board because you can just wipe the frosting drippings clean with a sponge.

To really highlight the board, I decided to cut my sheet cake into a ‘K’ for Kirsten… I used a bread knife and it was super easy. I think most letters would also be really easy, although shapes with interior cut-outs (A, B, G, O, P, Q, R) would require a smaller knife and perhaps a spoon for scooping out.

I used Smitten Kitchen’s yellow cake and chocolate glaze recipe. It was easy and yummy! If you’re interested in making your own board, check out this online oilcloth site: just $8/yard. Here are some of their patterns that caught my eye.

So many fun party decor ideas just in fabric alone!

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5 responses to “‘K’ birthday board cake.

  1. That was a super cute idea. That board could come in handy for lots of things! And your cake looks awesome! How cute are all those patterns…

  2. oo! I like this idea. As my kids get older I would like to be well prepared for lots of fun, special, exciting birthday cakes. I think that goes a long way toward making a kid (or anyone! don’t you just love cake??) feel like you are really happy they are alive!

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  4. This was the BEST cake I have ever eaten, so full of love and goodness. It made my day even brighter. Thank you dear friend for being so generous and such a good baker to boot!

  5. I love this idea and wish I had thought of it this afternoon as I gamely balanced a meringue cake on a too-small plate!

    I am just catching up on your blog! Congratulations on your pregnancy. I hope it is a sweet and happy time for you.

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