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How to Make a Letter Cake: Easy Recipe for Number & Letter Cakes

If you’ve ever scrolled through Instagram or Pinterest and seen those gorgeous letter and number cakes and wondered “how to make a letter cake,” then you’re in the right place! In today’s post, we’ll guide you through the process of making your own personalized, show-stopping cake that’s perfect for any occasion. Whether it’s for a birthday party, an anniversary, or a special celebration, these cakes are sure to impress!

What is a Letter Cake?

A letter cake, also known as an alphabet cake or number cake, is a type of cake that’s shaped like a letter or a number. It’s a fun and creative way to celebrate any special occasion. These cakes are typically made with layers of cake, vanilla buttercream, fresh fruit, and are decorated with flowers, macarons, and other edible items. The best part? They’re surprisingly easy to make!

A beautifully decorated letter cake with fresh fruit and flowers sitting on a cake board

Choosing Your Type of Cake

Before you start, you’ll need to decide what kind of cake you want to use. You can use any type of cake for your letter cake, whether it’s a classic vanilla cake, a rich chocolate cake, or even a mud cake. The choice is entirely up to you! However, it’s a good idea to choose a cake that’s sturdy enough to hold up to the decoration and the layers of cake.

Creating Your Letter or Number Template

The next step in learning how to make a letter cake is to create your letter or number template. To do this, you can simply print out a large letter or number in a font and size of your choice. Make sure it’s the actual size you want your cake to be, as it will serve as your guide when cutting out your cake. If you’re not sure about the size, it’s better to go a bit larger, as you can always trim it down later.

Cutting Out Your Cake

Once you have your template, place it on top of the cake and use a sharp knife to carefully cut around the edges. Be sure to take your time with this step to ensure a clean cut. You may find it helpful to freeze the cake for a few hours beforehand, as this will make it easier to cut.

A sharp knife cutting around a paper template on a cake

Layering Your Cake

Now that you’ve got your cake cut out, it’s time to start layering! You can use as many layers as you like, but typically, letter cakes have two layers. Spread some vanilla buttercream (or any other flavor you like) on the bottom layer, then carefully place the second layer on top.

Spreading vanilla buttercream on a layer of cake

Decorating Your Cake

Here comes the fun part! There are so many different ways you can decorate your letter cake. You can use a piping bag to create pretty swirls of whipped cream, sprinkle some fresh fruit on top, or even add some edible flowers for a more elegant touch. You can also use cookie dough, candy melts, or any of your favorite treats. The possibilities are endless!

A decorated letter cake with whipped cream, fresh fruit, and edible flowers

Finishing Touches

Once you’re happy with your decoration, it’s time to add the finishing touches. This could be anything from a cake topper, to some sparkly sprinkles, or even some fancy swirly lettering. Remember, this is your cake, so feel free to get as creative as you want!

Enjoying Your Cake

And there you have it! Now you know how to make a letter cake. But the best part is yet to come – enjoying your creation! Whether you’re sharing it with friends and family at a birthday party, or simply enjoying a slice yourself, you’re sure to love your homemade letter cake. Not to mention, you’ll definitely be the star of any celebration with this showstopper!

Final Thoughts

Learning how to make a letter cake is a great way to add a personal touch to any celebration. It may seem daunting at first, but with a bit of patience and creativity, you’ll be able to create a beautiful and delicious cake that’s sure to impress. So why not give it a try? Who knows, you might just discover a new passion for cake decorating!

A beautifully decorated letter cake on a cake stand

Happy baking!

Stunning Letter Cake Recipe

Stunning Letter Cake Recipe

Yield: 15-20 Servings
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes

This is a recipe for a stunning letter cake that is sure to impress at any gathering. The cake is moist and fluffy, and it's topped with a creamy buttercream frosting and decorated with your choice of fresh fruits, candies, and flowers.


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4-6 tablespoons milk
  • Assorted fresh fruits, candies, and/or flowers


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour your letter cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In another bowl, cream the butter until it's light and fluffy. Gradually add the sugar, beating well. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the milk. Start and end with the dry ingredients. Beat until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan, smoothing the top with a spatula.
  6. Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. While the cake is cooling, prepare the buttercream frosting. In a large bowl, cream the butter until it's light and fluffy. Gradually add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract. Add milk as necessary to achieve the desired consistency.
  8. Once the cake has cooled completely, spread a thin layer of frosting over the top.
  9. Decorate the cake with your choice of fresh fruits, candies, and/or flowers. Be creative and make the cake as personalized as possible.
  10. Serve the letter cake at room temperature and enjoy the compliments on your stunning creation!


This is a basic recipe, so feel free to add your favorite flavors to the cake or frosting. Whether it’s adding lemon zest to the cake batter or mixing some cocoa powder into the frosting, the possibilities are endless!

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 450Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 140mgCarbohydrates: 50gNet Carbohydrates: 49gFiber: 1gSugar: 35gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 5g

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