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This DIY Candle really takes the cake!

Homemade cupcake candle Homemade cupcake candle

Now you can have your cake… and light it too!

Some time ago, we wanted to make a unique candle: a mouthwatering candle in the shape of a cupcake with a whipped wax frosting. Yes, you read that correctly! Our Cupcake Candle recipe features a “frosted” topping made of wax that looks good enough to eat (though we do NOT recommend biting into it!).

You’ll see, this DIY Cupcake Candle is a piece of cake! Or… almost. The whipped wax is temperature-sensitive, but once you’ve mastered that, this recipe is a cakewalk! Soon enough, the hardest part will be keeping yourself from tasting it. But if you’ve made any of our gourmet soaps, creams, or whipped body butters before, you’ll be familiar with this “problem” already!

Try it and you’ll see why we’re all melting for this Cupcake Candle recipe!

How to make a cupcake candle with a whipped wax frosting

Ingredients

Container candle (180 g)

Whipped wax “frosting” (125 g)

Tools

Container candle

Whipped wax “frosting” 

Good to know!

  • If you want to make an unscented or more faintly scented candle, we recommend that you replace all or part of the aromatic essence with caprylis oil.
  • In this candle recipe, we chose to use apple spice aromatic essence. Its mouthwatering scent pairs perfectly with this cupcake candle’s delicious appearance! You can replace it with the aromatic essence of your choosing for either the container candle, the whipped wax frosting, or both.
  • You can replace the aromatic essence in the container candle with a candle-safe essential oil. However, you will then need to change the proportions of the ingredients in this recipe, because you’ll have to add caprylis oil. This oil will help the wax stick to the walls of the container, yielding a more aesthetically pleasing candle. Add 9% caprylis oil and decrease the proportion of wax accordingly.
  • Note that you can’t replace the aromatic essence in the whipped wax frosting with an essential oil. Aromatic essences are suspended in an oil base, which helps soften the wax enough to use it in a piping bag. Essential oils are not suspended in an oil base, so using one would alter the recipe and you wouldn’t achieve the whipped frosting look. You also can’t use the trick that we suggested for the container part of the candle—adding caprylis oil in addition to an essential oil—as altering the proportions of the recipe will make it impossible to create the whipped frosting.
  • Be careful not to let the wax for the whipped frosting cool down too much or it will be too hard to pipe. Should this happen, reheat the wax gently on the double boiler until it’s creamy and malleable enough to pipe.
  • You can’t use beeswax in this recipe because it’s too hard. In theory, you could use a different soy wax, but that would certainly change the proportions of the ingredients. If you want to try a different soy wax, you’ll have to run your own tests first.

Steps to follow

Container candle

  1. Follow the steps for priming a wick and making a container candle.

When the container candle has completely hardened, you can move on to part two: the frosting! We recommend waiting at least two hours for the container candle to sufficiently harden first.

Whipped wax frosting

  1. Weigh the wax in the wax melting pitcher and melt on the double boiler.
  2. Weigh the caprylis oil and aromatic essence in the small bowl.
  3. When the wax has melted, pour it into the bowl containing the caprylis oil and aromatic essence. Place the bowl in the cold water bath and mix with the spatula until the texture is creamy. 
  4. Transfer the wax to a piping bag and pipe the wax on top of the container candle, surrounding the wick.

Use

We recommend waiting 24 hours before lighting your handmade cupcake candle for the first time. This will allow the wax to fully harden, especially the whipped wax frosting, which is softer than the container candle’s wax. Trim the wick to about 1 cm before each use to help prevent a ball of soot from forming at the tip of the wick, which can cause the wick to smoke.

Never leave a burning candle unattended.

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