Christmas Cake Tutorial: Christmas Lights Cake

Christmas Cake Tutorial: Christmas Lights Cake - this is an easy dessert recipe that uses Airheads instead of fondant!

Disclosure: This Christmas Cake Tutorial: Christmas Lights Cake post has been sponsored by Airheads. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  Christmas Cake Tutorial: Christmas Lights Cake - this is an easy dessert recipe that uses Airheads instead of fondant!    

I love baking and decorating cakes.  I’ve made my own cake for each of the girls’ birthdays since their first birthday and I’m already planning a super cute Peppa Pig cake for Ava’s second birthday.  Fondant tends to be the way to go when you want to decorate a cake, especially when you want to add detailed pieces.  The problem is that fondant does not generally taste very good.

I have a solution for you!  Airheads makes for the perfect material when it comes to crafting cake decorations as they are mouldable and flavourful.  Airheads is a taffy you are probably familiar with and they come in a variety of long lasting fruit flavours including white mystery, cherry, lemon, blue raspberry, orange, watermelon. Plus they are easy enough to craft with that you can get your kids to help you out!

My favourite flavour is cherry, although truth be told they all have a great tangy-sweet flavour with just a perfect amount of chewy goodness that make them easy to eat.

I made an amazing vanilla bean two layer cake smothered with a vanilla butter cream frosting.  I suggest you use your favourite recipe or a box mix, but I would stick with vanilla or lemon cake to complement the great flavour of the Airheads.  If someone in your family has gluten intolerance or has a peanut allergy then the other great thing about using Airheads is that they are gluten and peanut free.

Christmas Cake Tutorial: Christmas Lights Cake - this is an easy dessert recipe that uses Airheads instead of fondant!

Christmas Cake Tutorial: Christmas Lights Cake

Ingredients:

Vanilla or Lemon Cake, Frosted
Airheads, variety of flavours including watermelon
Green Decorating Gel (optional)

Christmas Cake Tutorial: Christmas Lights Cake - this is an easy dessert recipe that uses Airheads instead of fondant!

Directions:

Microwave Airheads for 3-5 seconds on wax paper to keep the Airheads from sticking to surfaces.  This will make them easier to work with, or you can rub them between your hands until warm and soft.  Do this one or two at a time.

For the Christmas bulbs, use any flavour of your choices, cut into pieces roughly the size of the bulb you want to craft.

Roll into a Christmas bulb shape and set aside.

Stretch out a watermelon flavoured Airheads slightly then use a plastic piping tip to cut circles out. 

Christmas Cake Tutorial: Christmas Lights Cake - this is an easy dessert recipe that uses Airheads instead of fondant!

Press the green circles onto each bulb you have created to complete the look.  Use a butter knife to create the rings around the green portion of the bulbs.

 

Christmas Cake Tutorial: Christmas Lights Cake - this is an easy dessert recipe that uses Airheads instead of fondant!

Place the bulbs around the cake in any pattern you like and use the green decorating gel to create the appearance of a string of lights.  Alternatively you can mould watermelon Airheads into a string shape.

Christmas Cake Tutorial: Christmas Lights Cake - this is an easy dessert recipe that uses Airheads instead of fondant!

Enjoy!  Store in a cool place until ready to serve.

Christmas Cake Tutorial: Christmas Lights Cake - this is an easy dessert recipe that uses Airheads instead of fondant!

Christmas Cake Tutorial: Christmas Lights Cake
Ingredients
  • Vanilla or Lemon Cake Frosted
  • Airheads variety of flavours including watermelon
  • Green Decorating Gel optional
Instructions
  1. Microwave Airheads for 3-5 seconds on wax paper to keep the Airheads from sticking to surfaces. This will make them easier to work with, or you can rub them between your hands until warm and soft. Do this one or two at a time.
  2. For the Christmas bulbs, use any flavour of your choices, cut into pieces roughly the size of the bulb you want to craft.
  3. Roll into a Christmas bulb shape and set aside.
  4. Stretch out a watermelon flavoured Airheads slightly then use a plastic piping tip to cut circles out.
  5. Press the green circles onto each bulb you have created to complete the look. Use a butter knife to create the rings around the green portion of the bulbs.
  6. Place the bulbs around the cake in any pattern you like and use the green decorating gel to create the appearance of a string of lights. Alternatively you can mould watermelon airheads into a string shape.
  7. Enjoy! Store in a cool place until ready to serve.

For more fun ideas on how to craft with Airheads visit and follow them on Pinterest. To learn more about Airheads candy visit their website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!

 

Christmas Cake Tutorial: Christmas Lights Cake - this is an easy dessert recipe that uses Airheads instead of fondant!

26 thoughts on “Christmas Cake Tutorial: Christmas Lights Cake

  1. Okay, that was way too easy. I had no idea… and love that it is all edible. Now I know. Thanks for sharing 🙂 I am totally going to try these

  2. What a neat idea. I would have never have guessed that those bulbs where made out of Airheads! Fun idea for sure. I bet our kids would even help if they knew they could get creative with Airheads

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