I have wrestled with new ideas for birthday cake candles and thought this forum of amazingly talented people could help.
When someone orders a birthday cake they are thinking about the cake. Then the cake gets to the venue and general staff plumks in a few candles that take away from the look of the cake. So the pictures of the big moment (blowing out the candles) makes the cake look unprofessional.
I jave attached pictures of one cake I did where I arranged for the candles and they were a part of the order.
I was hoping that you guys may have other ideas of how you handled the "candle" issue on your event cakes.
This is a good question - I'd like to know what others do as well.
I have seen people put them on the board with some fondant attaching them here is a pic.
We have a family tradition that white candles represent decades, and non-white candles represent individual years.
We also generally use plastic candleholders (does anybody still make them? I can't remember the last time I saw them in any store, not that I don't have plenty), rather than directly inserting the candles into the cake: paraffin wax is not "Good Eats."
Both of these can be seen in the pound cake I baked for my father's 77th birthday:
poundcake.small by Tracker-Backer, on Flickr
I also, to keep my supply of birthday candles organized, have a simple compartmentized box for them, from The Container Store, and I'm probably going to pick up a similar one for the candleholders.
In the cake I posted, I attached them to the base.
I have asked clients for pics of cake at event and the "poor candles" they plunk in made me realize that addressing the "candle issue" as part of the cake was a better way.
But I am always looking for new ideas with the darn candles.
People please post anything you have done.
As long as the occasion calls for it, I put candles on the cake and I usually don't have to raise the price because candles aren't all that expensive. I buy nice ones whenever I see them so I always have in stock. I just got some from [url]jesterscakesupply.com [/url]
This is such a great topic (I Love It). I only make cakes for family and friends. I just made a cake not to long ago that was Monsters Inc. theme for my friend. When it was time to sing happy birthday she stuck this ugly # 2 candle right in the top of Mike Sullys head. I cringed and sang right along like nothing had happend. I would also like to know where to get pretty candles and how to place them on or around the cake. Without killing my creation Thanks for any info and such a great topic
When it was time to sing happy birthday she stuck this ugly # 2 candle right in the top of Mike Sullys head
<Bugs Bunny>That would HOIT, Doc!</Bugs Bunny>
Wait a second . . . "Mike Sully"?!?
The big blue furry fellow (dubbed "kitty" by Boo) would be James P. "Sully" Sullivan; his spherical green sidekick would be Mike Wazowski.
Oh got it..... it was mike the one eyed monster
I don't like candles that are shaped like an object. I find that it detracts from the cake.
For smaller birthday cakes I use the TAG 7" candles. They only come in solid colors, but the colors are nice.
Wilton makes a "long" candle 5.75 inch. But I don't find them to be straight. They always have a slight bow to them.
I use long tapers on the big tiered birthdau cakes.
I am still looking for some more ideas though. Chime in if you have any
For a barbie cake I did I attached the candles to little roses made of fondant then attached them to the cake board.
I love the idea of using roses to attach the candles to a girlier cake! I tend to just use fondant (see pic below) but now you've got me thinking about how I could tie the candle 'holders' into the cake design too...
I have always cringed when a candle is stuck into a cake I've made, particularly those shaped like numbers. For those I leave a little room on the cakeboard. However, I was lucky for one birthday cake and was able to incorporate it into the design:
I'm just glad he wasn't much older than 3...would have necessitated a longer train!