How to Make a Candy Cake

by on February 10, 2010
in Birthday Parties, Gift Ideas

Thanks to my friend Laurie who sent me this amazing idea for a candy cake!

A cake made out of your favorite candy bars – who wouldn’t love one!

I think it is the perfect gift for just about any chocolate/candy loving person in your life.  I know a few college age boys who would love one!!

Here’s what Laurie has to say about her idea:

Here is an idea that I’ve used for years for our parties and gift-giving… Candy Cakes! It’s been so much fun making them for family and friends. The “cakes” usually end up being the hit of the party. My daughters like making them for their friends and I love seeing their variations.

These Candy Cakes usually cost less than $10 to make and can be customized for any event. They can be made up well in advance since they don’t get stale like real cakes. They can be assembled anywhere (even in a hotel room if you’re traveling). I usually use round tins with solid colored sides (I discard the lids) but as you can see in my photo, other shapes work well too.

For the cake shown below Laurie found a 25-bar variety pack of candy bars at Target for $6.99 (did not use them all) plus a few smaller bars for the top tier. The tins were 50 cents at her local thrift shop (she runs them through the dishwasher first and I bet you could find some at the dollar store too).

 Thanks to Laurie for the great step by step tutorial!

Step One:  Gather supplies.  candy bars, tins without lids, cardboard circle, foil, double sided tape, paper shred.


Step Two:  Cover cardboard circle with foil.  Attach several strips of tape to top edge of largest tin.


Step Three:  Place tin upside down (i.e. taped side down) in center of cardboard circle.

Candy Bar Cake Photo 3 

Step Four: Attach a smaller tin on top if desired using tape.

Candy Bar Cake Photo 4 

Step Five:  Using strips of double sided tape, attach candy bars around bottom tin.


Step Six:  Use several strips on each candy bar to make sure they adhere well.


Step Seven: Keep adding candy bars around tin.  Try not to eat any! :)


Step Eight: Finished with bottom tin.


Step Nine: Repeat on top tin with smaller candy bars.


Step Ten:  Add paper shred if desired.


Step Eleven:  Add a paper strip on top…


or a bow….


or a fun toy or even a tiny blue pail filled with even more candy.


Perfect for any occasion!


Wrap in cellophane for the finishing touch and easy transport.


Who are you going to make your first candy cake for??


23 Responses to “How to Make a Candy Cake”
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    Valerie H. says:

    Laurie’s Candy Cake is an idea I’ve never seen before. What a great idea!

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    Darilyn says:

    Adorable,I agree, great for any occasion.

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    Nancy F says:

    Okay, just thinking. What if instead of shredded paper, you filled those spaces with chocolate Kisses?!!! Holy Yum!!! And they even come in assorted color wrappers now. For Valentine’s Day you could use all red wrapped candy with silver kisses or the Valeninte’s Kisses. Oh, the ideas!
    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your candy cake idea. I know what my nephew is getting on his birthday!

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    Karyn says:

    What an adorable gift! I am adding this one to my great ideas folder!

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    Sarah says:

    What a cute idea! I am for sure going to use this one!

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    cindy says:

    Wow, I thought I knew all the party tricks–this is a fun new idea. I have made countless candy bar ‘posters’, but never a cake. Thanks!

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    Carolyn says:

    I am going to a restuarant with the family for one of my daughters birthdays and this would travel well, not cause any problems with the restuarant and be fun.

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    Gayle Dethman says:

    I love this for back stage gifts. I always gave my girls flowers, but wondered about the boys. This would be perfect, and so appreciated as they could be shared back stage! I love reading your blog. I remember you were talented, but had no idea HOW talented!

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    Michelle says:

    I love this idea so much …. I may have to run out now to make one for my family for valentine’s day :)

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    I made this for my chocolate loving friends birthday on Friday. She loved it. I didn’t have any tins on hand so I cut a rounded oatmeal container down and then used an old tuna can and then propped that up on a mushroom can. That probably doesn’t make any sense but it was nice to use old things I just had laying around the house. Thanks for the idea. It was fun to make!!

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    Carolyn says:

    I had such fun making this. The tins were expensive even in the Op(Thrift)Shop but in the $2 Shop they had very thin wooden boxes and they worked out idea.

    You can see mine here


    I will take it for my daughters birthday tonight.

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    I am making these for teacher appreciation week for my kids teachers! What a great idea!

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    would you please give me some idea and a theme, this would be my first time and I’m doing it for relay for life cancer to raffle it off to a luck winner i’ve seen a couple of idea that you had on your website

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    AnnMarie says:

    Thank you sooo much for sharing! this is super. I will be making plenty of these for my twins to bring to birthday parties.
    Stay well,

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    tanika says:

    I have seen this idea and used it before, but never with the shredded paper. I think that the paper looks cuter than filling with candy! I hadn’t thought of tiers until I came across this site. Wonderful idea to use more candy and keep me from eating the leftovers.

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    Savannah says:

    My boyfriend travels all the time for his job and will not be home for his bday. I’ve been looking and looking for something to send him. This is the perfect idea! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!

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    Susie francis says:

    I love your candy bar cake I am going to do one this weekend for my daughters sweet 16 Birthday she loves cany bars, thanks for a great idea!!

    Susie Francis

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    Coleen says:

    This is so neat! Thanks for the tutorial. I was looking up candy bar cakes (Ex. Milky way chocolate cake) and stumbled across these. Great way to get rid of, I mean ‘upcycle’ old cookie tins.

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