Want to learn how to make an easy laptop cake? Here is one such cake I made for my dad’s 71st birthday. There was nothing complicated about the cake, I was able to put it all together fairly quickly. Read on to see how I decorated this cake.
A laptop cake for my dad on his 71st birthday
I made this laptop cake for my dad’s 71st birthday. My dad has a lot of interest in computers and knows quite a lot too so much so that I took him along to help me choose a laptop when I bought mine a couple of years back (I am not a computer tech person, I use it a lot but hardly have any idea about the machines themselves).
And yes, at the age of 71, my dad is still the person I turn to first if I have any queries or problems with my computer.
So back to the cake. Since it was his birthday and I have never really incorporated anything relating to computers for his cake designs in the past, I settled on a laptop cake for his 71st birthday.
Here is how I made the Laptop Cake
These were the main supplies I used:
- Cake – the cake measured 10 inches by 6 inches rectangle. I have a cake pan in that measurement, so I just baked 2 layers of cake in it. Each layer was approximately 2 inches high so when stacked, the cake was close to 4 inches high. I used my butter pound cake recipe for the cake.
- Buttercream – I used buttercream to fill the cake layers and crumb coat the cake.
- Fondant – The whole cake was covered in fondant. I used Satin Ice fondant in white, black and orange and mixed food coloring into white fondant for the rest of the colors on the cake.
- Styrofoam sheet – I used this for the laptop screen. I purchased the foam uncut from a local stationary shop and cut out a rectangle piece for the computer screen.
- Edible Image – I used an edible image for the laptop keyboard. I downloaded the image off the internet and ordered a print of it from a local edible images printing vendor.
- Glitter dust – I used gold glitter dust for the “Happy 71st Birthday” wordings on the cake.
- Shortening – I used shortening as the glue for the entire project.
- Skewers – I used food-grade wooden skewers to attach the laptop screen to its body.
- Alphabet cutters – I used 2 different types of letter cutters on this cake, one is a Clikstix cutter while the other one (smaller font) is an FMM cutter.
- Gum paste – I used gum paste for the wordings on the cake. I used Satin Ice white gum paste and tinted it red.
The side view of my laptop cake
And this was how I decorated the cake:
- Since I needed a custom made edible image for the cake, I had to order it a few days in advance.
- I also prepared the laptop screen in advance. I measured and cut out the Styrofoam and covered it with white fondant. And then I cut out a rectangle piece of black fondant and attached to one side of the Styrofoam. I then cut out additional strips of black fondant and attached a frame for the black screen. After that, I added the wordings on the cake and the 2 large red hearts.
- Next was the cake itself. Once baked, I levelled and filled and crumb coat it with buttercream. Then I covered it with black fondant. And then, with the help of a skewer, I marked a horizontal line all around the cake to separate the laptop and the striped base the laptop was sitting on.
- I then rolled a piece of white fondant, covered the top of the cake, trimming it off just slightly after the top edge of the cake.
- And then I completed the colored strips all around the cake. Next, I rolled my red fondant and attached it all around the cake, both at the top and bottom of the colored strips.
- And before placing the edible image keypad on the cake, I attached the screen first so that I could estimate the right placing for the keyboard and the rest of the images on the keyboard.
- Finally, I added the birthday message on the cake board. And the cake was ready.
Cake in the shape of a laptop
And that was how I made my laptop cake. Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If you have any comments, please leave them in the comments section below, I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Happy Decorating 🙂
A laptop birthday cake
Hi how did you add the screen to the base of the cake please?
I attached the screen with wooden skewers. I poked one end of the skewers to the bottom of the screen and the other ends to the base of the cake.
Hi i want to do this lap top cake for my Husbands 80th birthday but Im a little confused on the top of the cake on how you did it is it the cake or is it styrofoam sitting on top of the cake
Thank you in advanced for your help
Only the screen is styrofoam, the rest is all cake. For the body of the laptop (which is made of cake), I covered it with black fondant. And then, with the help of a skewer, I marked a horizontal line all around the cake to separate the laptop and the striped base the laptop was sitting on.
I then rolled a piece of white fondant, covered the top of the cake (for the laptop body), trimming it off just slightly after the top edge of the cake.
Hope this helps.