Tealight Cake

by Anne Harada

Turn an electric tealight into a birthday cake.


  • One flameless battery-operated tealight

  • One 5” x 3/4” strip of patterned paper for the cake's side

  • Cardstock or patterned paper for the scalloped cake top

  • Scrap paper to use as a pattern

  • Adhesive

  • Scallop circle punch or scallop circle die

  • Pencil

  • Craft knife and cutting mat

  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Adhere the 5” x 3/4” strip of patterned paper around the side of the tealight.

  2. The height of the band will hide the legs under the tea light.

  3. Step 2

    Punch a scrap piece of paper with the scallop circle punch to use as a pattern. Fold into quarters, and then snip a very tiny piece of the corner off.

    Save this pattern with your stash of tealights for use on future cakes.

  4. Step 3

    Punch the cardstock with the same Scallop Circle punch. This will be the top of the cake.

  5. Step 4

    Find the center of your scalloped cake top by positioning your pattern over your cake top. Mark the center.

  6. Step 5

    Using a craft knife, cut four ½” intersecting lines across the center of the cake top.

  7. Step 6

    Apply glue to the top surface of the tealight.

  8. Slip your cake top over the flame of the tealight. Press to adhere.

  9. Step 7

    Bend the scalloped edges down over the side of the cake.

  10. Step 8

    The basic tealight cake is complete. You can now embellish your tealight cake as you choose for any occasion.

  11. Design a matching mini card to complement your creation! The finished mini card with this project is 2” x 2-1/2”.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Tealight Cake. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Oh my goodness, this is the cutest thing ever! I have a whole bunch of these left over from my DD's wedding.....what a great project!
LeAnne Pugliese  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 5:21 AM
This is so cute. Best part is I think I can do this! I am going to go find those cute little lights and give them to my co-workers on their birthday. How fun! Thanks for another great tutorial.
donna  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 5:26 AM
Oh! Love it!
Sandra K  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 5:35 AM
This is a great idea. One question -- what size are the tea lights? The ones I have are a lot smaller than the one in the demo.
I have an aunt with a b/d very shortly as well as a very dear friend. This will be great for them. They are most times the ones I try new things with and they always keep them displayed. I think they will just adore these.
Thank you for bringing us such wonderful tutorials.
Brenda  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 5:39 AM
That is just SO cute...love it....thanks so much...
Monna  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 5:47 AM
what a wonderful idea! I'll make one for my DH's birthday - he doesn't like real cakes, so this will be a fun alternative wink
Alica  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 5:57 AM
This is one of the cutest projects I've ever seen...so fast to make, too. My son-in-law's birthday is in May and this would be cute to use for his party. Thanks, again, for another terrific project.
Jan D.  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 6:21 AM
WOW!!! This might just be one of the cutest things EVER!!! Can't wait to make some! TFS! grin
Kim W in NC  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 6:57 AM
So cute and beautiful! What a fabulous table decoration/favor for a wedding or shower, too! I am looking forward to trying this. Thank you for sharing!
Tracy  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 7:00 AM
This is sooooo clever and cute!!! Thank you for sharing your idea with us!
muffincards  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 7:01 AM
FANTASTIC idea for so many different occasions! What a super-cute project!
June  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 7:09 AM
How CUTE is this?! Very creative idea...I always thought these tea-lights were WAY too bland!
Lynn Mercurio  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 7:10 AM
absolutely adorable! what a great treat for anyone!
Adriana B  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 7:11 AM
This is so cute. A good idea for decorations for our Mother and Daughter Banquet.
Joann Carlson  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 7:16 AM
This is genius!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!
Karli  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 7:32 AM
Love it! This is a wonderful idea! Thank you so much! smile
Debbie Meijer  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 7:38 AM
this is adorable!!!! LOVE it - I'll be making one later today!!!!
Amy Ely  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 8:03 AM
This is a genious idea! Wow. Great work. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Debby Moreau  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 8:04 AM
What a darling idea! Thanks for sharing!
Bonnie  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 8:12 AM
Ann - what a great idea. I love this. And I've got LOTS of tealights (since I'm allergic to scents, and also worry about the dogs tipping over real candles, I've invested in them). I've got a great plan for these. Thanks so much for the idea and the tutorial.
Cindy  |  Wed Apr 28, 2010 at 8:19 AM

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