How to Make a Bundt Cake Candle

To make a bundt cake candle, you will need:

  • An old bundt cake mold
  • A double boiler
  • Approximately 4-5 lbs of candle wax
  • Four candle wicks (recommended: pre-waxed and wired wicks with wick clips)
  • mold release spray or cooking spray
  • Mold sealing wax or modeling clay
  • Brown and white crayon pieces
  • A drill or awl
  • A knife
  • Oven Mitts
  • Wax paper
  • Optional: candle fragrance

Create Your Bundt Cake Candle Mold

Create a Bundt Cake Candle Mold
Create a Bundt Cake Candle Mold. Erin Huffstetler

A couple of simple alterations will turn your bundt cake pan into a bundt cake candle mold.

Here's how:

Place the bundt pan on your work surface with the rounded side facing up. Then, mark where you would like your candle wicks to be (choose four spots). Use a drill or awl to punch a hole through each spot, and your mold is ready for use!

Prep the Candle Mold

Insert and Seal the Wicks
Insert and Seal the Wicks. Erin Huffstetler

Now that you have a candle mold, it's time to prep it for use. . .

1) Start by threading a wick through one of the holes that you made in step one. To do this correctly, the wick clip (the metal disk on the end of the wick) should be on the inside of the mold, and just an inch or so of the wick should stick out through the hole.

2) When you have the wick in the proper position, place a bit of mold sealer or modeling clay/ play dough (the frugal approach) around the wick (as shown in the picture). This will hold the wick in place, and ensure that no wax leaks out through the holes. Repeat this procedure with the remaining three holes.

3) Then, prop the mold up on a bowl, with the open side facing up. This will ensure that the wicks remain in position.

4) Finish by spraying the inside of the mold with mold release spray or cooking oil (the frugal approach).

Note: To minimize mess, it's also a good idea to place your mold on top of a piece of wax paper.

Melt the Candle Wax

Homemade Double Boiler
Homemade Double Boiler. Erin Huffstetler

With all of the prep work complete, it's now time to begin work on your candle. Let the melting begin!

1) Assemble Your Double Boiler
For safety reasons wax should always be heated in a double boiler. What's a double boiler? It's essentially a pan inside of a pan. You fill the first pan with water, and then place the second pan (with the wax) inside of it.

If you don't own a double boiler, you can create one by placing an empty can, pan or glass container inside of one of your pans. Just make sure whatever you use is something that you don't mind messing up.

2) Place Wax in the Double Boiler
Cut the wax into small pieces, and insert them in the double boiler. Then, heat over medium heat until the wax is completely melted.

3)Add color
Add bits of brown crayon to the wax, and heat until melted. Continue adding bits of crayon until you are satisfied with the color.

4) Add candle fragrance.
Add fragrance to the wax if desired. Then, turn off the stove eye.

Note: Do not leave the stove while heating wax, and be sure to keep a fire extinguisher nearby as a safety precaution.

Pour the Wax into the Mold

Fill the Bundt Cake Mold with Wax
Fill the Bundt Cake Mold with Wax. Erin Huffstetler

Use oven mitts or pot holders to remove the wax from the stove. Then, carefully pour the wax into the mold until it reaches the top of the bundt pan.

Allow the wax to cool undisturbed overnight or until completely hardened.

Remove the Candle from the Mold

Remove the Candle from the Mold
Remove the Candle from the Mold. Erin Huffstetler

Grip the mold from both sides and pull lightly to loosen the candle from the edge of the mold, continue doing this until you've worked your way around the entire mold. Then, turn the mold upside down, and see if the candle will come loose. If it doesn't, use a knife to cut around the inside ring. This should break the candle free from the mold.

Still stuck in the mold?

Here are two more things you can try:

1) Stick the mold into the freezer for fifteen minutes.

2) Submerge the mold in hot water.

Ice the Bundt Cake Candle

To create "icing" for your bundt cake candle, heat a small amount of wax on the stove, following the instructions from step four. Once the wax is melted, add in a handful of white crayon pieces. Continue heating until the crayons are melted, and you've acheived the desired icing color.

Then, remove the wax from the heat (using oven mitts or pot holders) and drizzle it over the candle, until you are satisfied with the look of the candle.

Allow to cool; then, trim your wicks and your candle is ready for use.