How to make cupcake candles

Whether you are a beginner at making candles or already have experience, you will enjoy making your own cupcake candles. Cupcake candles are made to look like realistic cupcakes. The effect of icing is achieved by whipping the top layer of wax to make a realistic-looking "icing." These candles sell well at craft shows, and make great gifts for friends and family members.

Place muffin baking cups into the muffin tin.

Melt 454 g (1 lb) of paraffin wax in a double boiler. Once the wax melts, add candle dye and fragrance oil. Add 29.6 ml (1 fl oz) of fragrance oil and add enough candle dye until you achieve the desired colour. This batch of wax forms the bottom, "cakey" layer of the cupcake, so a natural colour such as brown, yellow or beige is appropriate.

Dip the tabbed bottom of the candle wicks into the wax. Place the wicks into the centre of each muffin baking cup.

Pour the wax into each muffin tin. Hold the wicks in place with pencils or lollypop sticks so that they stay centred.

Wait for the wax to cool, 1 to 2 hours. Melt 227 g (1/2 lb) of new paraffin wax in the double boiler. Add your preferred fragrance oil and dye as described in Step 2. This batch of wax becomes the candle's "icing."

Remove the wax from the heat source. Allow it to cool until it forms a skin on top. Use a hand mixer to blend the wax until it becomes thick and looks like real icing.

Add the "icing" wax to each cupcake with a spoon. If the wax hardens before you finish, simply place it back on the heat source to make it pliable again.

Trim the wicks to 6 mm (1/4 inch).


Add edible sprinkles to the top of the cupcake candles to make them look realistic.


Do not allow the melted wax to reach a temperature above 93.3 degrees C (200 degrees F).

Things You'll Need

  • Muffin tin
  • Muffin baking cups
  • Paraffin wax
  • Double boiler
  • Candle dye
  • Fragrance oil
  • Candle thermometer
  • Tabbed candle wicks -- 15 cm (6 inches)
  • Pencils or lollypop sticks
  • Hand mixer
  • Spoon
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Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.