Homemade Laptop Cake

I made this laptop cake for my husband’s 30th birthday. He is an IT manager for a credit union and this was the perfect idea for a cake. I used just a regular chocolate cake mix, it was Dunkin Hines or Betty Crocker. I made it in a large cookie sheet that had about 1/2in of a ledge on it.

I made the cake according to the directions on the box. I then cut out the cake to make a perfect square. I saved the left overs to make the mouse. For the bottom half of the laptop I used a stiff Crisco icing. To make the cake have a more metal look to it I took a cake icing spatula and put it in hot tap water and smoothed it out. The hot water makes the icing kinda melt. Be sure not to make the cake to wet. Just enough water to make it smoothed out.

I then made sure to put enough icing on the back to support the board, but did not need to smooth it like the rest of the cake. For the back portion of the cake I used a piece of black foam poster board that I purchased at Staples. They have the exact size that you need without having to cut it. It was about 13 or so inches wide.

Before I attached it I wrote on the board (WWW.MIKEIS30.COM) also in the Crisco icing. I made sure that the icing was still wet and pushed it up against the cake. It was really sturdy. I then rolled out black fondant icing and cut out all the keys for the keyboard with 5/8in square fondant cut out that I purchased at Michaels Crafts. I then placed each key on the bottom half of the cake exactly how it is on a real laptop. I printed off a copy of a laptop so that I could get all of the keys in the right place.

For the mouse I traced our actual mouse and made a template out of it. I laid it on the left over piece of cake and cut out the basic shape. Once it was cut out I then took a sharp knife and began to shave some of the sides and top off making it into a more rounded “mouse like” shape. I covered it with the Crisco icing also and then rolled out more fondant icing to cover the mouse and make it more smooth. I decorated it with white and grey Crisco icing. I made the cord with rolled fondant icing.

I finished off all of the other trimming with the Crisco icing also. I made sure to write all of the letters on all of the keys, except were it was to small to do so.

The cake was a big hit and everyone loved it so much that no one ate it. They all ate the cupcakes that went with it! I hope this helps.

6 thoughts on “Homemade Laptop Cake”

  1. Awesome cake !!!
    can u help me ?
    can u tell me how did u get this Crisco icing and fondant icing ?
    can u tell me which cake mix did you use ?
    tell me some tips …
    my husband is also in IT field and this days he is busy with his laptop all the time so..
    I also wanna give him surprise with laptop cake

  2. You did an awesome job! Exceptional effort! I wish I had this much talent! I’ve just paid the guy down the road of our local party supply shop $200 to make a computer cake for my husband’s 30th.

  3. My sister and I would like to make a computer cake for my brother in laws 25 birthday, but I cannot figure out how the screen of the laptop will stay up without slumping or falling backwards from the keyboard. Do you have any more detail on how you got it to stay up? Thank you and your cake is amazing. I love it!

  4. I am making a laptop cake tomorrow and I’m trying to figure out what to use to write on the letters of the keyboard. My keys are really small and I’m afraid I can’t do them with icing because I’ll mess up. Please share any ideas. Also how did you get the back to stand up?

  5. I will be making a laptop for my daughter In-law’s birthday. Thanks for all the information. The black foam board is perfect for the screen. Ladies insert tooth picks into the back of the foam board and insert into the cake. Works great. I used this for running boards on a SUV. I was so easy.

  6. Great job i actually was making the laptop size of a DVD case. I started with rice krispie frame dried for two days draped with fondant dried up next day it snapped in two pieces so after checking this cake i am going with foam core screen for my laptop cake mine is a mini one so hoping its less tricky than rice krispies. I wouldn’t suggest fondant on rice krispies its too heavy. The laptop will sit on a 9 inch cake.


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