Thursday, April 30, 2009

NO-BAKE CANDY CAKE



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I found this idea on a web site a few years ago (long before I was aware of the blogging world). It is a fun (and easy) project which can be tailored to any age, holiday or special occasion.

Need a gift for someone at work or school? Make them a small version. Make a huge version for a table centerpiece at a teenager’s birthday party. The possibilities are endless.

The “candy cake” pictured was made with a 9” cardboard circle for a base. Since the candy you are going to fill this with is heavy, the base cardboard needs to be pretty rigid, so…if in doubt, double-up your cardboard. If you double up your cardboard, wrap it in foil to disguise it.

Next, I hot glued two (FLAT) 8” Styrofoam wreath circles (craft dept. at Walmart) on top of each other, then wrapped them with wide ribbon (to disguise them) and glued them to the cardboard circle base. Now you should have a flat base with a ribbon wrapped “lip” around the outer edge of the base.

Next, attach mini-candy bars or mini-boxes of candy to the outside of the “lip” by placing a SINGLE SMALL DOT of hot glue on the back of the candy wrapper (use my photo as a guide).


Now fill the hollow area inside of the Styrofoam wreath "lip" with loose, wrapped candies, fill to the top.Next, think about decorating the flat top of the Styrofoam “lip”. You can either glue more candy to it, or push lollipops, blow pops, or any candy on a stick, into the Styrofoam so it will add height (see my photo).

TIP: Plan ahead and make sure all of your candy bars are facing in the same direction. Keep your design or color theme in mind when you are choosing candy bars.


TIP: If you are using hot glue on chocolate bars, remember just one little dot will suffice and if you are concerned about it, freeze them first.

TIP: Do not use any unwrapped candy.
TIP: If giving as a gift, this looks especially festive if you wrap it in clear cellophane and decorate it with lots of curly ribbons.

The hardest part of this project is not snacking on the candy while you are constructing it!!!

20 comments:

Katy ~ said...

Coleen, this is so danged clever! I have a family picnic I have to go to this summer and this would be the PERFECT treat to see the kids' eyes light up!!

Love it, love it, love it!!

Thank you so much for sharing this!

~Carole said...

What a great idea! I have a handful of nieces & nephews who would go crazy for a cake like this. Love it!

Cristine said...

What a cute idea!

April said...

Very cute!

girlichef said...

My kids would go crazy!! This is such a fun idea...we've got a birthday coming up...wonder if I can muster up the time to make it!

Carrie said...

That is so cool! What a great idea!

Wandering Coyote said...

How cool is this??

Debbie said...

This is so cute..what a great idea!

teresa said...

So adorable, I'm very impressed!

Krystal said...

That is such a neat idea! you're right, it would make a perfect centerpiece for a party

Heidi said...

This is adorable! My kids would love me if I made this one. I enjoy reading your posts and have left you an award. Stop by to pick it up!

Cheryl said...

You are amazing, that is a great idea, I wish I knew some little kids I could make this for!

Judy said...

Really cute idea for a party.

Kristen said...

Cute!

Karen Brown Letarte said...

Wow!! This is impressive!! Really beautiful. You are so talented. I can tell you, this would be a dream come true for DS! My precious little baby that I fed organic, homemade babyfood to, who had never even seen a piece of candy until he went into full-time day care when he was 3, is a total and complete candy addict-- even at 15 years old! (Ah, well, I had the best of intentions.)

:)K

Monica H said...

very impressive Colleen! I think my favorite part is the rainbow of Starburt down at the bottom.

I wouldn't even know how much candy to buy. i might make one of these for my brother's 14th birthday. His birthday is Mother's Day and he always gets left out. This would make him feel special and he'd LOVE it!

The Cooking Photographer said...

My first thought was, "HOLY MOLY Look at all that candy!" My second thought, I would be a super hero if I made this for my daughter's next party.

I think i'll do that!

Kim said...

Yours looks terrific! I saw something like this on Martha Stewart once and I've always wanted to make one. Thanks for posting this!!

Elyse said...

This candy cake is awesome! Such a great idea; people pay so much money to order these from certain websites. Why not just make your own? It looks great!

Tina Morton said...

Ohhhh I have little sister and brother in law.. not to mention all the Niece and Nephews that would LOVE this!!! MMMM maybe when they all turn a certain age I could do this.. say 12 or so?!!! :)