A pop-up birthday cake card is an unusual style of birthday card that has a 3D cake inside the card. When the card is opened, the cake pops up from the middle of the card, surpising the recipient. This style of card is not difficult to make, but there are a few tricks involved. You can use a pop up birthday cake die cutting plate, or you can cut out each piece by hand.


  • Die-cut machine
  • Pop-up cake cutting plates
  • 6-by-12 inch cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Adhesive tape
  • Cardstock card

Step 1

Place a sheet of cardstock paper onto the die-cutting plate. Place the cutting plate on top of the die-cut acrylic plate. Place a second acrylic plate on top of the first. Run the cake-die-cut through the machine to cut out the layers. You should end up with three circles with 3-inch tabs on each side in ascending sizes, one post piece about 3 inches long and 1/2-inch wide and two candles. You can cut these out of paper if you don’t have a die-cut machine. Make one circle about 4 inches across, one about 2 1/2 inches across and the last circle about 1 1/2 inches across. Cut a 1/2-inch slit in the middle of each circle.

Step 2

Cut three strips from regular paper equaling 10-by-1 inch, 8-by-1 inch and 6-by-1 inch. Place a small piece of adhesive tape onto one short side of each paper strip and on each of the circle tabs.

Step 3

Fold the paper tabs right against the circles and about 1 inch away from the first fold. Fold the bottom edge of the post over about ½ inch and stick a piece of tape along the bottom edge.

Step 4

Stick the post piece next to the fold line in the middle of the cardstock card. Slide the largest circle onto the post piece. Fold the circle tabs so that they fold under the circle to touch the edge of the post piece. Press the paper firmly onto the card to hold the circle in place. Repeat the process for the other two circles. Leave a 1-inch gap between each circle layer.

Step 5

Wrap the paper strips around the gap between the circle layers. Use adhesive tape to hold the strips in place. Tape the candles to the top of the cake.

Step 6

Hold both sides of the card in the palms of your hands. Carefully shut the card along the fold line to close the cake. Reopen the card to make the cake pop up. Add other details, such as words or embelishments, to complete the card. Make the card match the theme of the party, by adding bows, animals or other themed additions.