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 this is so awesome! Just Love This. I can hardly wait to try it and share it with friends. My fathers 80th is coming up so WOW
leslie  |  Sat May 8, 2010 at 6:31 PM
Great idea!! Fun project.
Natalie  |  Wed May 12, 2010 at 12:20 AM
Thank You Thank You. This is going to be a great low cost craft to top off at My Daughter's 10th BD party along with peace sign necklaces, they have to paint, and decorate your own cupcakes!!! It's great to send them home with something fun and not all candy.
I'll be sure to take a photo and send it along.

Tinalouise  |  Wed May 12, 2010 at 1:00 PM
This is an amazing, easy idea! My mom has a bunch of these lights from another project. I am passing this idea on to her. She will LOVE it!
Lori  |  Fri May 14, 2010 at 7:04 AM
This is so so cute. I tried making this but is having problem trying to get the right size of Scallop Circle punch. Can someone please help me? I think I read somewhere that the battery tea lights I have are about 1.5 circle, I tried using a 2 inch punch but there some to be a lot of extra hanging over. I tried to use a 1.5 punch but a little too short. Is there a punch in between?? I tried looking at Michael's and Jo-ann, but not luck. I really want to make these.
CuteCreations  |  Sat May 15, 2010 at 2:20 PM
Cute Creations, I use the scallop from Stampin'Up. I am not sure of the exact measurements. If you can not get one soon enough I bet one of the Scallops form Nestabilities might be the right size. But that only helps if you have a big shot or cuttlebug. Good luck.
Tinalouise  |  Sat May 15, 2010 at 4:59 PM
OMGG (Oh my goodness gracious!) that is the cutest idear ever!

In crafters we trust

Sam:)  |  Mon May 24, 2010 at 10:05 PM
I bought my Mom the little tea lights that you blow on to turn them off/on. That would be really cute and even more like a cake. I love this idea. Thanks
Maria Callahan  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 12:30 PM
that's really lovely!Thanks alot!
Ioanna Maria  |  Wed Jun 30, 2010 at 7:10 AM
So my room is a light sky blue; similar to this http://laurenm.blogs.splitcoaststampers.com/files/2007/07/my-room-view-from-inside-to-door.jpg

im redoing my bathroom; the faucets and knobs and such are gold, and the toliet, shower, and sink are white.
What color should i paint my bathroom? (not blue btw)
Jack Smith  |  Sat Jul 10, 2010 at 11:40 AM
whitch size is the Scallop circle punch or scallop circle die?
www.basteltantesally.blogspot.com  |  Mon Dec 13, 2010 at 4:07 PM
OMGOSH! These are just totally adoreable. Thank you so much for sharing this idea.
JustJenna  |  Thu May 5, 2011 at 12:46 PM
I'm reading this article posting and it appears to be terrific! Nice writing style and you've explained some superb points within this issue.
Brendon  |  Tue May 8, 2012 at 2:44 PM
Julie Heyer  |  Wed Mar 4, 2015 at 7:58 AM
Very unique idea. Thanks....& NO calories! :D
Pat Williams  |  Thu Mar 5, 2015 at 7:22 PM

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