3D Christmas Candle Cake

$350 - $390

Learn how to make a large 3D Christmas Candle Cake

Christmas is here again, and for this tutorial I would like to show you how to make a 3D Christmas Candle Cake. It won’t be just a cake though…it will also decorate your table as a centerpiece! I will show you how to stack it with a combination of black and white mud cake and will also add an edible Christmas garland around of it using isomalt balls (baubles).

Downloadable Course Material

If you would like to approximately match the size of the artwork in the tutorial, print the downloadable files at 100% size. If you require your artwork to be smaller or larger, just adjust the print size accordingly.
3D Christmas Candle Cake Course Material
This PDF document contains templates and guides to help you with this tutorial.

Tools & Materials
Recipes & Ingredients
Constructing the Cake
Crumb Coat
Making Holly Leaves
Making Snow Flakes
Making Christmas Bells
Making Branches
Masking the Cake
Making the Candle Tip
Shaping the Conical Top
Making the Isomalt Christmas Balls
Coating the Cake in Compund Chocolate
Making the Gradient Fondant
Making the Cake Top
Piping on the Christmas Balls
Making Jaffa Mistletoe Berries
Arranging the Garland
Final Thoughts
Total Duration

While not everything on this list is absolutely required, these are the things used in this tutorial video. Of course you are welcome to find alternative ways of doing things and we would love to hear if you've discovered an easier method or better tool to achieve good results. Please note that some items may be listed as sets, and it is usually recommended to have full sets, it may not be neccessary. In most cases, only one item from a set is actually used in the tutorial. Please watch the tutorial before purchasing any items to make sure you are not buying anything you don't need.
Tools & Materials
Cutting & Slicing
  • Set of knives
  • Craft knife
  • Pizza cutter
  • Box cutter
  • Set of scissors
Rolling & Coating
  • Set of PVC pipes (30mm to 40mm thick, 40cm & 20cm long)
  • Rolling pin (30cm long)
  • Powder shaker (Filled with starch)
  • Needle or pin (to pop air bubbles)
  • Perfections strips
  • Fondant smoother
Masking & Layering
  • Set of icing spatulas
  • Set of scrapers (hard and flexible)
Oil Cooking Spray Shop Online
Colour should be as light as possible to prevent discolouration in the fondant or pastillage.
Water Spray Bottle
Small Brush in Water
Ensure that brush bristles are not loose.
Mesarument tape
PVC Pipe Shop Online
Often used to create pillars between cake tiers. Can also be used within the cake to provide extra internal support. Serdar often uses a PVC pipe to roll fondant.
Cellophane Shop Online
3 x 70cm x 50cm or roll
Gel Food Colours Shop Online
Silver luster
Mixed with alcohol for air brush
Craft Knife Shop Online
Skewers Shop Online
Snowflakes cutters
5 cm Plastic bell
As mould
Confectioners Varnish Shop Online
Sugar Blowing Pump
Silicon mat
for sugar work
Aluminium Wire Shop Online
6 x 20cm long by 2mm thick
Marking pen
Cake Board Watch Tutorial
9mm thick by 40cm Round Covered with blue velvet and protected with Cellophane
A piece of wood coated with fabric and temporarily covered with cellophane to keep fabric clean until the cake is complete. For more information, watch our tutorial on how to cover a cake board with fabric .
Threaded Rod (10mm) Shop Online
30cm + 3 nuts
Threaded rod with 10mm diametre (also known as M10).
PVC Pipe Shop Online
4cm thick by 30cm long
Often used to create pillars between cake tiers. Can also be used within the cake to provide extra internal support. Serdar often uses a PVC pipe to roll fondant.
Wrench Set Shop Online
Recipes & Ingredients

1500g for 3 x 50mm high by 150mm diametre round cake

A moist and rich chocolate mud cake aerated with baking powder and soda bicarbonate. A very dark and dense mud cake which contains a lot of chocolate and cocoa powder with a touch of coffee powder. Years ago wedding cakes...[read more]

1500g for 3 x 50mm high by 150mm diametre round cake

A moist and rich white chocolate mud cake aerated with baking powder and soda bicarbonate. A very milky and dense mud cake which contains a lot of chocolate. It’s a perfect choice for many reasons.

It’s...[read more]


Chocolate ganache is nothing but pure chocolate melted with a generous amount of boiling fresh cream. This smooth airless chocolate cream makes a lot of things possible. A benefit of chocolate ganache is that the high...[read more]

Dark Chocolate (Compound) Wikipedia

600g for crust coat and gluing

Compound chocolate is a product made from a combination of cocoa, vegetable fat, and sweeteners. It is used as a lower-cost alternative to true chocolate, as it uses less-expensive hard vegetable fats such as coconut oil or palm kernel oil in place of the more expensive cocoa butter. It may also be known as 'compound coating' or 'chocolatey coating' when used as a coating for candy.
Rolled Fondant

750g white
450g blue

A commonly used sugar paste for coating cakes. Also known as RTR (ready to roll) fondant.


A thick sugar paste, similar to gum paste, that can be molded into different shapes and forms. When dried, it is hard and brittle. Unlike gum paste, pastillage dries much quicker and stronger. Made with gelatine, water...[read more]

Isomalt Shop Online

200g (4 actions of 50g each)

Isomalt is a sugar substitute, a type of sugar alcohol, used primarily for its sugar-like physical properties. It has only a small impact on blood sugar levels and does not promote tooth decay, i.e. is tooth-friendly. Isomalt is widely used for the production of sugar-free candy, especially hard-boiled candy, because it resists crystallisation much better than the standard combinations of sucrose and corn syrup. It is used in sugar sculpture for the same reason. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isomalt
White vinegar

10g (4 actions of 1 tea spoon each)


Royal icing is a hard white icing, made from egg white and icing sugar (mix or pure). A little addition of an acidic substance like lemon juice, citric acid or cream of tartar, the texture of the icing can be improved....[read more]


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