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Vanilla Candle Cake

A small round tiered cake that looks like a real candle!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
20 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 cake
Calories: 3173kcal
Author: Eden
Cost: $15


  • Small round cake pans
  • Piping bags


  • 1 box vanilla cake mix
  • 2 bags candy melts white
  • Buttercream Frosting Recipe below


  • Bake the cake according to the directions on the box. Our favorite boxed cake is King Arthur and it's actually gluten-free, but taste AMAZING!
  • Bake the cake in a 5x2 round pan. You will need 3 layers so bake 3 times or if you have 3 pans you can bake all at once.
  • Grease the pan really well and add parchment paper to the bottom. Cut it to the circle size of the pan.
  • Bake the cake according to the box. It will most likely take less time since it's a smaller cake, so check on it often.
  • Once all three cakes are baked and cooled, stack them with frosting in between each layer.
  • Make the buttercream frosting while the cakes are baking.
  • Melt both bags of candy melts in a bowl in the microwave for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir with a spoon until they're all melted. If you need more time, you can microwave for 20 seconds at a time. You don't want the candy melts to burn or the texture will be too thick.
  • Pour the melted candy melts into a piping bag with a small hole cut at the bottom.
  • Drip the candy melts over the cake from the top to the bottom like wax would fall from a candle.
  • Let each layer dry before adding another layer of candy melts over the previous layer.
  • You want it to look very drippy and layer the candy melts on over the frosting for a melty candle look!
  • Add either a tealight or a candle in the center of the cake and light it.


You can make your own cake recipe if you prefer. 


Calories: 3173kcal | Carbohydrates: 574g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 87g | Saturated Fat: 72g | Sodium: 3839mg | Potassium: 321mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 371g | Calcium: 1132mg | Iron: 10mg