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12 Days of Christmas :: 3 Candle Cakes

I have such a love of candles. I own far too many candles that I never burn because I have some weird thing about keeping things looking new and never using them because reasons (I'm looking at you, 5 sets of Derwent pencils still wrapped in plastic). 

Once I inevitably get over this weird quirk and light them, I'm quickly captivated by them as the flame dances on their molten surface. I love their elegance, their ambiance and their beauty. I especially love their fragrance, be it from a scented candle or the smell of a wick just blown out. I also love the way they remind me of being a kid. I grew up in a household where money was variably present, and so we often had one or more of our utilities cut off. Of course, as a kid, you don't yet know the stress of money and bills so it's all just another adventure. Today we get to boil the water for our baths on the stove and read stories by candle light. There were a lot of candle light nights. Maybe it's because they bring me back to this time of personal innocence, or maybe it's just their intrinsic beauty, but I find them so calming. 

Candles also remind me of Christmas. They're my favourite centrepiece at Christmas dinner, though they look gorgeous adorning any occasion. Lit or unlit, they make the setting look beautiful. So when creating a list of baking for my 12 Days of Christmas, I just knew candles had to be featured. 

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These cakes looked so much like real candles. It was impressive to see them lit too. Oh, and they tasted pretty awesome as well. ;)
Thank you. ;)
Cool! They would look great on a Christmas table! Since you're messing with white chocolate I must ask, do you have any tips you could share for keeping a white chocolate rocky road nice and firm like it's regular dark chocolate counterpart? The last time I tried it was goopalicious and I want to make a cranberry and macademia white choc rocky road for Christmas!
Having only made rocky road once in Year 7 home economics class some 12 years ago, I'm not a lot of help! I really should fix that. But if it's any help, when you make white chocolate ganache with white chocolate you usually need to use a higher amount of white chocolate to cream than dark chocolate ganache to get the same consistency. That said, most recipes for rocky road I've seen seem to use the same amount of white chocolate as the dark choc recipes.
Thanks for taking the time to reply!

candle cake

It's the most beautiful cake I've ever seen! Maybe I can serve this cake for Christmas :)
btw but I'm not good as you!

Re: candle cake

Thanks so much! I'm sure you will do a fantastic job of it!
That's so creative! And they look great, especially when lighted. I feel you on the never using things quirk - it's not my fault they make notebooks that are too pretty to be ruined with scribbles!

And by the way, I'm hosting a giveaway at my blog, you may want to check it out :)
Thank you. :D Glad to hear someone else shares the same quirk! ;)
This cake is gorgeous! I've been a fan of your cakes for a while, but I'm only commenting now...

I have a question. Why does it take this cake so long to bake? I know most of my cake box mixes only take under a half-hour but I wanted to stop making box cake and move onto homemade cakes instead.

I'm from America so I have to do a lot of converting and rounding. I don't have the type of sheet pan size your recipe calls for, I only have 2 round cake pans and small square pans. I've never dealt with a cake that bakes for 2 hours so I'm unsure how to do it.

Also, what is "caster" sugar? I've done a google search but there are so many confusing answers. Some say it's granulated sugar, some say it's white sugar, others say it's bakers sugar. :( I'd love to try this recipe but I'm hitting a couple road blocks.

Is vanilla essence the same thing as vanilla extract?

Sorry for all the questions! This cake is beautiful and they look like real candles! You really do a wonderful job with presentation. <3
Thanks for your lovely words. :]

Most cakes do not bake for so long so this one is quite unusual. It has a lot more cake batter than most cakes and is quite a moist cake, so you bake it at a lower temperature. for longer to make sure this middle is cooked. If you baked it at 180 like most cakes, it would burn on the outside before the middle cooked.

Caster sugar is what I believe you guys call superfine sugar. It's just regular white sugar that is a finer grain. It's often used in baking as the finer grain means it melts quicker.

Vanilla essence is the cheaper, weaker, artificial version of extract. It's more commonly used because it's so cheap. You could sub it with vanilla extract no problem.

Let me know if there's anything else you need to know!
Thank you for answering my questions! If I have any others I'll let you know. Thanks for the wonderful recipe! I'll let you know how my cake turns out. :D