Friday, January 10, 2014

How to Make a Candy Cake

My brother does not like chocolate, cake, ice cream, or cookies, but he does love candy!  When we thought about getting him a birthday cake for his 30th birthday, I came up with the great idea of creating a Candy Cake.  Sure enough, lots of other people had already come up with this idea too.  :)  I will show you step-by-step how to make a candy cake for the non-cake lover in your family.  It's really easy to do!

Step 1: Get a Box

I chose to use one of my brother's lunch boxes from when he was a kid. (My mom has been into cleaning out her attic!)  You could use any type of box.  Keep in mind that you will need to place one more smaller box on top of the bottom one. Place the box on a cake serving tray to start the project.

Step 2: Wrap the Box

Using a piece of sturdy paper, like poster board, wrap the outside edge of the box. 


Step 3: Attach Candy

I chose to use Starburst, but you could use Hersey's Bars, Peanut Butter Cups, or any of the birthday boy/girl's favorites.  Place double stick tape on the back of each of the candy bars.  Carefully attach the candy bars to the paper on the outside of the box.  (They may be a little floppy and insecure.  Don't worry, you will be securing them during a later step.)

Step 4: Get a Second, Smaller Box

I found a small round tin to use for the second layer of the cake.  You could use a tin or a box.  Make sure that it is small enough to fit inside of the first layer of the cake, as shown in the picture below.  Wrap the box with double stick tape, as shown in the picture above.

Step 5: Attach Candy to Second Layer

I placed two layers of AirHeads around the tin.  Once again, you could use any type of candy.  After the second layer is complete, carefully sit it on top of the first layer of the cake, as shown below.

Step 6: Tie with Licorice

Using several pieces of rope licorice, tie a knot around the first level of the cake.  This not only looks great, but it also helps to hold the candy in place.

Step 7: Fill the Empty Spaces

I filled in the empty space on the first and second layer with bubble gum.

Step 8: Add a Candle

Add a tall candle by carefully sticking it into the bubble gum on the top layer.  Voila!  You have a great looking Candy Cake!