How to Make Flames on a Cake

If you want to make an entrance when it comes to dessert, there are a number of ways you can add a flame effect to any cake you've baked. Whether you're adding icing in the shape of fire, candles or ignited liquor, the illusion or actual presence of flames can make your baking a real talking point at the finale of a dinner party or a child's birthday celebrations.

Split your icing into 3 separate bowls, and add the red, yellow and orange food dye separately to each. Start by adding just a drop of dye at a time and mixing it into your icing thoroughly before adding more. A little food dye can go a long way, so be careful not to overdo it.

Screw the ring off of the coupler that came with your icing bag set, and push the top section down to the bottom of an icing bag.

Cut the tip of the bag to reveal the threads on the top section of the coupler, and screw the ring back on to secure.

Secure a decorating tip of your choice top the coupler.

Cut open the top of the bag, and spoon in 1 colour of icing. Take care not to fill the bag more than halfway. If the bag is too full, it will be difficult to apply the icing with precision.

Place an image of flames nearby to work from as a point of reference.

Position the decorating tip over the cake, and squeeze the top. Draw out a flame effect on the surface of your cake. If you haven't used an icing bag before, consider practicing drawing flames on a bread board or other surface before decorating your cake.

Change the colour of the icing in your icing bag to add realism to the flame effect on your cake. Squeeze out all of the previous colour you were working with, and push a small amount of the new colour through the decorating tip until all trace of the previous one has disappeared.

Place your cake in the fridge once you've finished your flame design to allow the icing to set.


Buy small candles to decorate your cake with, and light them before serving. If your cake is for an adult occasion, light a small cup of liquor with a lighter and pour over your cake before serving. Although this will partially melt any icing you've added to your cake, it can create an impressive spectacle prior to serving desert in a darkened room.


Do not add plastic decorations to your cake if you plan to pour ignited liquor over it.

Things You'll Need

  • Icing (red, yellow and orange)
  • Image of flames
  • Bowl
  • Food dye
  • Wooden spoon
  • Icing bag kit
  • Scissors
  • Bread board (optional)
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Michael Roennevig has been a journalist since 2003. He has written on politics, the arts, travel and society for publications such as "The Big Issue" and "Which?" Roennevig holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the Surrey Institute and a postgraduate diploma from the National Council for the Training of Journalists at City College, Brighton.