I love getting mail. Any mail is great but I particularly love bright colored envelopes, pretty cards….or even a DIY postcard piece of cake!
I’m not the most talented or creative person, but after a trip to my local hardware store (and a few false starts), I finished the delicious-looking creation below.
Yes, that is a postcard, not a real piece of cake. Not only will you bring surprise and joy to the lucky recipient of this creation, but to the postal workers who have the pleasure of mailing it out. “You MADE this?” they shall ask in disbelief. The choices are endless too. Chocolate cake. Strawberry cake. Vanilla cake. Just change up the paint color and you’re good to go.
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What You Will Need for DIY Postcard Cake:
- 1 large sponge (Get extras because the first one can be tricky to make)
- Serrated knife
- X-Acto or utility knife
- Spray paint (brown, yellow, pink or white)
- 1 tube acrylic latex caulk (brown, cream or white)
- Spray Adhesive
- Thin cardboard or thick scrapbook paper
Sorry, I don’t have step-by-step photos of my experience. I made them in a fit of excitement and forgot to document it. But here are the steps.
How to Make:
1. Cut your sponge in half diagonally. Look at my final cake photo if that’s confusing. And don’t worry if you mess up! That’s why I told you to buy extra sponges. You can practice your “frosting” on the screw-ups too…
2. Cut a thin groove in the middle where your middle layer of “frosting” will go.
3. Spray paint it! (in a well-ventilated area may I add)
4. Trace the shape of your cake on cardboard on a piece of thick paper. Cut it out. Glue that baby to another side of the cake that you didn’t cut the groove out of.
5. “Pipe” your frosting onto your cake..getting the groove first, and then the side and top. Make sure to get the sides of the cardboard creating a “frame”, but leave the bottom alone!
6. Use a paintbrush to “swirl” your frosting for an even more realistic look. You got it.
7. Allow your cake to dry for 3-5 days on a piece of parchment paper.
8. Write a cheery greeting and mail that sweet piece of cake.
PS: The postal workers will be as excited as you are!
PSS If you think your cake pieces will be a miserable failure or don’t have the time to make them, Etsy sells them for around $15.
But c’ mon, wouldn’t it be much more impressive to make it yourself? After all, it’s a piece of cake.