I know many of you see these wax pantry cakes and they can be pricey if you are buying them from someone. So I decided to try my hand at it. I didn’t want to try anything bundt size, so I kept my eye out for a small mold at Goodwill and yesterday I found one for 99 cents.
You want something that is decorative on the bottom because that will be the top of your wax cake. Since this was just an experiment I used a sugar cookie candle that I had on hand.
I had used it in my large, candle warmer so the wick was down inside it anyway. Now, you can melt the candle several ways. I happen to use the candle warmer for mine, but if you have an electric skillet you can put water in it and then put your glass candle in it to melt. You can put your candles in an old mason jar and melt in on top of a double broiler, or, if you have an old crock pot you won’t use it for anything else, you can put the candles directly in it. NEVER put the candles on the stove top unless you use a double broiler. Here is a link on how to do it using the double broiler method.
Once your wax is melted, pour it into the mold. My wax was an ivory color and so I sprinkled cinnamon and instant coffee granules in it. I had no idea if this was going to make the wax darker. I let the wax mold set overnight then popped it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. You can put it in the refrigerator right away, but the wax is hot and the tin mold gets hot, and I didn’t want to spill it or get burned. However, don’t let it in the refrigerator too long or when you remove it from the mold it could crack. It will pop right out once it is cold enough.
I really like how the cinnamon and coffee fell to the bottom and coated the top of the cake giving it this dark color.
I then took more cinnamon and sprinkled it on top and rubbed it in.
another version of wrapping with the cheesecloth and then tying a cinnamon stick on top!
I also put some rose hips around the edge of my prim wood plate.
I always have some tea-stained cheese cloth on hand. When I do my tea staining I do a few pieces so I have them. You could even wrap it using a crinkled up brown paper bag. It’s up to you how you want to decorate it. This is a make-do shoo-fly cover I made out of a mesh food cover I bought at the dollar store and spray painted it black.
Now, wasn’t that easy? I’m going to go to Michael’s today and see if I can get some candle dye. I want to get some black because I like the look of black wax. You can use any mold, even the silicone ones work! If you want to add scent you can do that too, just be sure to add it while the wax is in the melted stage.
Now you won’t have to throw away those half-used candles! Unfortunately, I threw away a bunch of them a few months ago…what was I thinking?
Thanks for stopping by, I hope this tutorial helped you and if you make one, come back and let me know how it turned out for you.