Serve up something memorable with a Mini Bundt Cake Wall Bar!
Traditional holiday dinners are where happy memories are made, so when I’m designated host, I try to incorporate a delightful surprise for my guests. This year’s surprise? A bundt bar!
This year our Friendsgiving featured a spin on the ever-popular Donut Wall. We swapped out donuts for mini bundt cakes, and set a buffet table filled with toppings for maximum enjoyment. It was so much fun, and easier to build than I expected!
The first thing you’ll need is a pegboard. Home improvement stores sell these already cut in 24″x48″ pieces, which is a great size for displaying lots of bundt cakes! No additional cutting or sawing required.
Paint the pegboard with washable interior satin paint. This type of paint is nontoxic and it wipes clean. After the white paint dries, mask off a diagonal portion of the pegboard and paint with a pretty metallic hue with acrylic paint. This is optional but adds visual interest and a little sparkle.
1/4-inch width wooden dowels can also be found at home improvement stores. You’ll need a coupleof them, 48-inches long each. Cut them into 2-inch lengths and paint them with the same paint you used for the pegboard.
The pegs stay put with a little gel super glue! Allow them to dry overnight before using the pegboard.
We procured the CUTEST laser cut Bundt Bar sign from an Etsy seller (here). This sign was ordered in birch wood with the Charlotte font. We painted it bronzy-rose gold metallic to match the geometric angle on the pegboard.
When the paint is dry, add glue to the backsides of the signs and position them on the upper left hand corner of the pegboard. Place painter’s tape across the sign to hold it in place while it dries.
The only thing left is to get baking! The bundt cakes we made can be found on the Sprinkle Bakes blog in this blog post. Of course, if you’re an avid baker you may already have some favorite recipes in mind. Or, If you’re short on time, then there’s nothing wrong with buying mini bundts from your favorite bakery.
DIY Mini Bundt Cake Wall Bar
- small plastic paint tray
- 6" mini woven acrylic paint roller
- wood glue
- super glue
- 4 oz. metallic acrylic craft paint (copper/rose gold pictured)
- new, clean 2-inch paint brush
- paper plates
- 1 quart washable interior satin paint, off white
- mini hacksaw or small wood cutting tool
- two 1/4-inch wooden dowels, 48-inches long
- "Bundt" and "Bar" laser cut wooden signs (see blog post for online source)
- 24×48-inch hardboard pegboard
- plastic painter's dropcloth
- painter's tape
- graphite pencil
Step 1: Paint the Pegboard
- Put down a painter's dropcloth to protect floors or other surfaces. Lay the pegboard flat, or prop up on a work easel. Shake the container of paint and pry the lid off, then stir. Pour a small amount of paint into the reservoir of the paint tray. Prime the paint roller, and roll the paint onto the board, until it is evenly and completely covered. If another coat is needed, let the paint dry 20-40 minutes and roll on a second coat of paint. Let dry at least 30 minutes before the next steps.
Step 2: Paint the Bundt Bar Sign
- Lay the laser cut signs down on a tabletop protected from paint with some of the drop cloth, or paper. Shake a container of metallic gold craft paint and pour onto a paper plate, and brush the paint evenly onto the signs. Let the paint dry 10-15 minutes and paint on a second coat. Metallic paint tends to be transparent, so a second coat of paint will give the unfinished wood a richer finish.
Step 3: Paint the Wooden Dowels
- Lay the wooden dowels down flat on a tabletop protected from paint with some of the drop cloth, or paper. Coat each dowel with two coats of the white paint. Let dry at least 30 minutes, and then mark them in 2" lengths with a pencil.
Step 4: Paint the Angled Metallic Corner
- Mask an angled area of the pegboard off with two overlapping strips of painter's tape. The double stip will protect the rest of the board from overpainting, and give you a clean edge for the angled design on this donut board. Pour more of the metallic copper paint onto a paper plate or paint tray, and prime a clean paint roller with it. Roll two or three coats of the copper paint evenly onto the masked area, waiting at least 20 minutes between coats of paint. Let this area dry for at least 2 hours before removing the painter's tape.
Step 5: Prepare the Wooden Pegs
- Cut up the dowels into 2" lengths with the mini hacksaw to form pegs. Paint the ends of the pegs and let dry.
Step 6: Place and Apply the Bundt Bar Signs
- Turn the pegboard around so that the metallic, angled design element is at the bottom of the board. Hold the Bundt sign up in the right hand corner of the board at least 2" in from the the right hand edge and top of the board, and lightly mark the placement with a pencil when the sign looks straight. You can stagger the Bar sign down below the Bundt sign, or you can line it up next to it, or even underneath it. When you decide how you want the Bar sign placed, be sure to mark the placement with a pencil also. Lay the Bundt sign facedown first, and apply super glue gel to the back of it, following the lines of the letters with the glue, being careful to not get the glue too close to the edges. Carefully lift the sign and place it in line with the pencil markings, then hold in place on the pegboard about 2 minutes, until the sign sticks into place. Follow the same steps for the Bar sign.
Step 7: Place and Apply the Wooden Pegs
- Starting at least three rows down from the lowest part of the Bundt Bar signs, place the pegs in the holes. Base the space between them on the size of your mini bundt cakes, and also allowing for at least an inch between cakes. Mini Bundt cakes average 3" to 4" in diameter, so place the pegs 5" to 6" apart. Do not glue the pegs into place during this process-if any pegs are unevenly placed, you will still be able to adjust them. Leave all the pegs in place until you are ready to glue them to the board. One at a time, dot wood glue or super glue gel onto the outer end of each of the painted wooden pegs, then place it back into its hole. Leave at least 1.5" of the peg sticking out the front of the board. Hold each peg in place at a slightly upward, at least 30 degree angle until the dowel sticks to the board by itself. This will keep the cakes from sliding off. Let the glue set up at least an hour before moving the board, or hanging any cakes on it.
Step 8: Create your Bundt Bar Display
- Bake enough of your favorite mini Bundt cakes, or stop by your favorite local bakery and pick up enough scrumptious mini Bundt cakes to add to this board. When you're setting up, display it on a wall by hanging the board from nails hammered through holes in each corner, or prop the board on a sturdy easel, and hang a cake by the hole on each peg.