How to make a candy cake at home

Candy cakes are a guaranteed success in any type of celebration. A detail that will surprise young and old alike and that you can prepare in your own home. Here are the key tips to making an original and eye-catching gummy jelly cake, or if you prefer, in its smaller version, in the form of sweet skewers.

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Candy cakes have become fashionable. Today we can find them on birthdays; communions, baptisms, weddings... Everyone likes them! Therefore, these types of cakes are a great culmination to celebrate a party.

Making a jelly bean cake is very easy, we can prepare it at home in a very short time and it is an ideal recipe to make with children, since, in addition to being prepared quickly, one of the advantages of this type of cake is that we we save having to beat, bake or fill. If you are interested in how to make a candy cake at home, take note of the little tricks that we present below, the result of this candy cake will be spectacular.

The base of our candy cake 

We can make the cake on one level or if we are looking for something more striking, add several heights. The most important thing is to combine the colors and shapes of the baubles to make it colorful and very visual. 

Cork candy cake

The first thing we will need for our homemade candy cake is a base. There are many options, the most common is to use cork. This material allows you to nail the sweets or jellies very easily with small toothpicks or with skewers for skewers.

Cork bases are normally round, but there are also other shapes and sizes with which we can give free rein to our imagination and create various floors. For example, with a rectangular base we can make a cake in the shape of a soccer field or, with an oval base, we can design a pirate ship... Don't put limits on your imagination!

Sweet cake without cork

Another alternative to cork bases is to use the green sponges where the flowers are nailed, also known as "floral oasis", which you can give the shape you prefer with a knife; a cardboard cookie box or even a metal cookie box that is already empty, although in the latter case, we will not be able to puncture the baubles with toothpicks and we will have to use royal icing to stick it. But… What is royal icing? It is a sugar-based preparation; water and egg white, widely used in confectionery and that you can prepare in a very simple way.

Take a look! Any of these bases can be used, but before starting to decorate, we must line the base with aluminum foil or transparent paper.

Ingredients and materials for the gummy cake

 To make our homemade candy cake we will need:

• One base or several (we recommend cork bases because they are easier to handle and less flimsy).

• Aluminum foil or cling film.

• Small wooden sticks and larger sticks (to make different heights).

• Baubles of all kinds and colors... Totally to your liking!

How to make the chocolate cake step by step

 1. We will cover the base with aluminum foil or film. If we are going to make a multi-tier cake, we will stick the long sticks to hold the bases.

2. Once the base is ready, we will start decorating the cake with the baubles. To cover the diameter of the cake, we will use long sweets such as liquorice, tongues with sugar or marshmallows. The larger jellies will go on the bottom while the smaller ones will be used on top or to fill in gaps. If you want to make it easier, you can use a photo to follow a pattern when placing the sweets.

3. Once we have finished filling the cake with the sweets, we can stick the long skewers with letters that we will have previously drawn on cardboard with the name, date or drawing that we want to highlight.

How to make candy skewers 

An alternative to homemade candy cake can be to make candy skewers, although we can also use these on top of our homemade candy cake! We tell you how to make candy skewers, below.

What will you need? Sweets, jellies, long sticks (skewer type for skewers) and ribbons.

How to make candy skewers step by step:

1. We will insert the trinkets into the wooden sticks, always interspersing jellies of different colors and shapes so that the result attracts attention. If we put the rods in water before inserting the baubles, we will prevent the jellies from sticking when they are removed.

2. Do not forget to leave the lower part of the rod free to be able to stick it in a base or put it in a pot or container when taking them out to the table. In this way, the children will be able to hold it to extract the sweets.

3. A very elegant way to present this type of candy skewers on a table is to make several groups in different colors. A jar with red candy skewers, others blue, others green... We can also decorate the rods with bows or ribbons to give them a special touch.

Original candy cakes to inspire you

 Below, we offer you some candy cake ideas that can inspire you when preparing your homemade candy cake.

• Candy cake for weddings

• Candy cake for communions

• Christening candy cake

• Theme candy cake