Let Them Knit Cake

Approximately one million years ago when I started making knit food, I found the extensive list of options to be quite impressive and some what intimidating. So much to knit, I never thought my needles could move fast enough to work through everything I wanted to create! All of a sudden, it seems that I’m now on the other side, wondering what type of knit-food I haven’t yet made, what remains on that list for me. I guess that’s what ending up driving me to write my own pattern in the first place.

The whole time I wrote up my first few, I was still testing the waters. I had never knit without a pattern before, so to make my own was all new territory for me. I’m still not confident in my ability to come up with knit or crocheted objects from scratch, but I decided to finally dive in and make that one thing that I had wanted a pattern for since the day I started making food out of yarn – A slice of cake.

It’s far from perfect, and I’m still terrible at color-work so I’m sure that for people more skilled in that area, the filling between the two layers of cake shouldn’t stick out for you nearly as much. Feel free to switch up the colors, as always; I just thought that it would be easiest to distinguish as a chocolate birthday cake, but I’d love to see any other variations that people might come up with.

Frosting

Using size 8 (US) needles and medium brown worsted weight yarn, CO 15
Starting with a knit row, knit in st st for 18 rows, ending on a purl row
19: P across [ridge]
20: P across
21-24: St st
25: K1, k2tog, knit across until the last 3 stitches, ssk, k1
26-28: St st
29: K1, k2tog, knit across until the last 3 stitches, ssk, k1
30-32: St st
33: K1, k2tog, knit across until the last 3 stitches, ssk, 1
34-36: St st
37: K1, k2tog, knit across until the last 3 stitches, ssk, 1
38-40: St st
41: K1, k2tog, knit across until the last 3 stitches, ssk, k1
42-44: St st
45: K1, k3tog, k1
46: Purl across
47: K3tog

Bottom

In dark brown, CO15
Repeat the instructions for the frosting, rows 21 through 47

Layers

K7 stitches in dark brown, k2 stitches in cream, k7 remaining stitches dark brown
Continuing with this color scheme, st st for 24 cm
End on a purl row, and BO

Frosting Decoration (Make 2)

CO 1
1: Kfb 3 times (6 sts)
2-4: St st
5: Ssk, k2tog, k2tog
6: p3tog
Repeat rows 1 through 6 [4] times

Candle

CO 3 in light blue, and knit i-cord for 2”
Gather stitches together and tie off
Cut flame out of yellow felt and attach to tip by means of fabric glue

Assembly

With right sides facing, line up the butt of the triangle for the bottom with the CO edge of the frosting. Whip stitch across and secure, but do not cut yarn. Line up the cake layers facing inward and whip stitch first along the side, and then across top edge, lining up the side of the cake between the bottom rectangle and the ridge.

Sew half of bottom to cake layers, and turn right side out.

Measure and cut a piece of cardboard approximately 24 cm x 7 cm. Fold or score the center and insert into cake so that it provides structure and prevents the walls from puffing out. Insert stuffing between the two folded sides, into the middle of the cake

Sew one of your frosting decorations to the bottom of the frosting piece, and the other one to the ridge one top.Attach candle to desired spot on top of the cake.