How to Make A Candy Cake: Dollar Store Craft

Candy cakes are a perfect gift for a birthday, particularly for a teenager who’s in that “hard to buy for” stage.  I recently made up a candy cake using Dollar Store finds for a Pirate Party, and thought I’d create a tutorial for anyone who’d like to make their own.  First, here’s how it turned out:

Candy Cake Pirate Party Supplies












  • Wrapped Candy with a flat(ish) side.  Holiday “fun size” candy is perfect.
  • Gumballs for filling in holes
  • Three round containers, graduating in size.  I used a Dollar Store plastic tub, and two old candy tins without the lid.
  • Hot Glue Gun and glue
  • Bowl of ice water for the inevitable hot glue gun burns


Start by stacking your round containers.  The round tub from Dollar Tree was the key to this project, as it gives a solid base.  Glue them together with the hot glue gun.

Candy Cake tutorial








Then, starting at the bottom, start adding the candy to the plastic tub.  You’ll want to do a rough measure of the number of candies that will fit in one circle, then glue.  I found that the “fun size” candies were perfect for this.

Candy Cake

At first, I planned to use the Sugar Babies on the base of the second level, but then I figured out they’d be better at the top of the blue container, and I filled in the open spots with big gum balls.

Keep adding candy until you cover up all of the bases.

I’m really pleased with the final result.  This was perfect for a Pirate Party I created for my Etsy shop.  I chose candy colors that matched my decorations.

If, however, you were doing a My Little Pony or Princess party, you could choose pastel candies instead.

I finished my candy cake off with a few matching pinwheels stuck in a piece of tissue paper-covered styrofoam.






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