Decorating Ideas for a Man's 21st Birthday Cake

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Decorating Ideas for a Man's 21st Birthday Cake
There are many ways to design a cake for a man's 21st birthday. (beer in beer-mug image by Witold Krasowski from

The 21st birthday means the man or woman can now consume alcohol legally and engage in the adult revelry that has, until now, been off limits. In order to celebrate this milestone, design a cake to remember this momentous birthday.

Beer Mug

A beer mug drawn into the icing will clearly and emphatically commemorate this particular birthday and encourage the birthday boy to have a good time. A beer mug design is also perfect for a last minute decoration if the cake is already out of the oven. Whether it is a circular cake or a square one, use blue icing to draw the outline of the mug in the centre of the cake. Next, spread dark, yellow icing on the cake within the outline of the glass so the glass appears to be full of beer. This design can be modified to include two glasses clinking together, or you could use more icing to add a birthday message inside the mug.

Liquor Bottle

If you make your cake in a large pan, cut the square cake into a bottle shape after it cools and decorate it as if it were his favourite bottle of liquor. For example, if he really likes Maker's Mark whiskey, you would coat the cake with brown icing, use more icing to add a beige label, and ice the top as if red wax had been melted over it. Don't worry about the extra pieces of cake you cut off when shaping the bottle, because you can still ice the tops and set them out as additional pieces of cake.

Full Shot Glasses

Another option--and this one is particularly good if he has invited a lot of people to his 21st birthday party--is to fill shot glasses with his favourite liquor and place them around the cake. Before he blows out the candles, party guests can grab a shot from the platter (if they're all 21, that is) and toast to his birthday. For maximum effect, use this decoration along with a cake you cut into the shape of a bottle. Be careful to only fill as many shot glasses as you have party guests so that you don't waste any liquor.

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