How to Make Your Own Birthday Cake Numbers

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How to Make Your Own Birthday Cake Numbers
Decorate the birthday cake with sugar crystals. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Decorate a birthday cake with numbers to personalise the cake with the person's age. Instead of using store-bought wax candles, use sugar crystals to make your own birthday numbers. This decorating technique is perfect for milestone birthdays, such as new decade birthdays. In addition to adding numbers to the cake, you can also add phrases, such as "Over the Hill." Use different colours of sugar crystals for some extra pizazz.

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Things you need

  • Birthday cake
  • Frosting
  • Spatula
  • Stencils
  • Sugar crystals
  • Toothpick

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  1. 1

    Frost the birthday cake with frosting using a spatula or a frosting knife. Use white frosting so the sugar crystals are more vibrant.

  2. 2

    Place the number stencil on top of the cake while the frosting is still fresh. Sprinkle the sugar crystals over the stencil to decorate the cake. Don't sift the sugar over any part of the cake that is not covered by the stencil - randomly placed sugar crystals can make the cake look sloppy.

  3. 3

    Sweep any additional sugar crystals on the stencil into the holes of the stencil with your finger. Carefully remove the stencil from the cake.

  4. 4

    Fix any mistakes on the birthday cake by using a toothpick to guide the sugar crystals into the right place. Use a toothpick to even out the number's edges.

Tips and warnings

  • Use chocolate frosting with icing sugar as a variation.

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