Holiday Candle Cake
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Holiday Candle Cake

Bake a cake that looks like a holiday candle. Not only will it be a tasty treat for your guests, but will serve as a fantastic centerpiece on your holiday table.

Designed by Duff Goldman®

Craft Time: varies
Uses Recycled Items: No
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 Duff™ Cake Mix, small

Duff™ Cake Mix

 Duff™ 2-lb. Fondant Tub, small

Duff™ 2-lb. Fondant Tub

 Duff™ Small Angled Icing Spatula, small

Duff™ Small Angled Icing Spatula

 Duff™ Fondant Smoother, small

Duff™ Fondant Smoother


Material List

  • 1 Duff White Buttercream Icing, 3.5 lb. tub
  • 4 Duff Anodized Aluminum Cake Pans, 6" round
  • Duff Sprinkles Neutral Colors
  • Cornstarch
  • Serrated Knife
  • Craft Paint Brush and Small Dish of Water
  • Stainless Steel Pastry or Pizza Cutter
  • Decorative Foil and Wired Edge Ribbon
  • Snowflake Shaped Cookie Cutters, Various Sizes
  • Round Cookie or Biscuit Cutter
  • Rolling Pin
  • X-Acto Knife
  • 3 Cake Dowels, ΒΌ"
  • 2 Cake Boards, 6"
  • 1 Round Base, 8" or 10"
  • Narrow Tinsel Garland
  • Everyday Birthday Candle, 1

Project Instructions

Follow Duff Cake Mix packaging instructions to make cake batter. Divide into four 6" round pans. Bake per packaging instructions. Let cool.

While they’re cooling, wrap the base with decorative foil.

Cut off the tops of cakes with a serrated knife to level them for stacking. Remove cakes from pans and turn them upside down.

Use a round cookie or biscuit cutter to cut an indentation into one of the cakes. This will help to replicate the top of a real candle.

Stack the two inverted cakes on each of the cake boards. Spread a layer of icing between the layers to “glue” them together. Now you’re ready to crumb coat the cakes in preparation for fondant.

Use dowel rods to provide more stability to your cake structure. Stack the cakes, making sure the cake with the round indentation is on top, facing up.

Before rolling out your fondant, sprinkle cornstarch on your work surface. This will prevent it from sticking.

Roll out a ¼" thick sheet of white fondant that will be large enough to cover your cake. Smooth the fondant down and around the cake and remove excess with a pastry or pizza cutter.

Roll out a second ¼" thick sheet of white fondant. Cut to create a circular shape approximately 12-16" wide. Cut into the edges of the circle at varying angles to create uneven lines simulating dripping wax. Drape this layer over the cake and then pinch and shape the sections to achieve a wax-like look.

Decorate along the base of the cake with fondant balls of various sizes. Use a paint brush to dab the balls with water. Roll in white and silver sprinkles, and place on base.

Roll out a ½" sheet of white fondant, and then cut out snowflakes with cookie cutters. Lightly brush both sides of the snowflakes with water and dust one side with white and silver sprinkles before adhering them to the base and cake. Hold in place for 30 seconds until secure.

Insert a birthday candle (i.e., wick) into the top of the cake.


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