Birthday Cupcake Candles
When Janee asked me to write a guest post for her blog, I was excited to share this "recipe" for birthday candle cupcakes! I came up with this just recently, when I needed to put together a craft for a kids' birthday party. This craft was a HIT with the kids because everyone got to decorate their own candle with the wax colors and real sprinkle toppings of their choice- and the wax wasn't too hot for little fingers. I think they are really stinkin' cute for any age… so here's how you make 'em!
You will need:
1 pound block beeswax
1/2 lb bag soy container blend wax
1 spool cotton wick
1 package metal wick bases
Non-Stick Cooking Spray
Silicone cupcake pan- OR 1 package cupcake papers
Optional- Hot Glue Gun
Step one: Cut lengths of the cotton wick long enough to reach through the height of a frosted cupcake (about 3.5 inches long. Take one end of the wick, and run it through the metal wick base. Pinch the tube of the metal wick base with pliers to secure the cotton wick.
Step two: Take your threaded wicks and your hot glue gun, and put a dab of glue in the center of each baking cup, then place your wicks on each glue spot. This will help prevent your wicks from floating away when you pour in the hot wax.
When the wicks are all glued in placed, take your non-stick cooking spray, and give the entire pan a good spritzing. This will help you pop your candles out of the mold without any trouble. If you are using cupcake papers- you will want to spray the insides of those as well.
Now it's time to melt the wax and get the candles started!
Step 3: Place the block of bees wax in the double boiler (or a regular old sauce pan full of water with a metal bowl placed on top.) I like to use a silicone spatula to help the wax melt evenly.
To give my cupcake a pink look, I unwrapped a fushia crayon and dropped it into the double boiler with the melting block of wax. Using metal tongs, I removed the crayon after only a few second. Apparently, crayon wax is a mighty powerful color additive! I would recommend 1/4 of a crayon to add color.
Step 4: When the wax had completely melted, I poured it straight into the individual cups of the silicone cupcake pan- leaving about a quarter of an inch from the top of the cup. Be sure to wear oven mitts for this stage, as the metal bowl can be hot. Also- be mindful of the condensation on the bottom of the bowl- the steam from the saucer below builds up, and if the water drips into the wax, it can create icky pock marks. Wipe it up and keep pouring the wax!
Step 5: While the wax is still hot and liquify, set the sprinkle containers between the cups of wax, and tape the wicks to the sprinkle containers so that there is no slack in the wick. Let the wax cupcakes cool completely. Remove the tape from the wicks and let them fall freely.
Step 6: Take the Soy Container Blend Wax (or any other wax shaving you have) and place them in the double boiler for only about a minute or so. To add color to this "frosting" break off a little more crayon and mix it into the wax flakes.
While the wax is still wet, generously shake out sprinkles over the cupcake candles!
Serve up on with a side of matches and enjoy the night! Homemade cupcake candles are an awesome way to add a personal touch to any party or get-together!
Hope you enjoyed this radmegan craft! If you did, I hope you'll come on over to my blog, radmegan.blogspot.com! New friends are always welcomed!
Thanks for reading. And thank you Janee for the invitation.