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Using Birthday Candles When You Have No Cake

use candles when you have no cake

Using birthday candles when you have no cake? You think it might be unusual but not everyone wants to have a birthday cake on their birthday, so  how do you incorporate having candles that they can blow out?

When your birthday person asks for a pie, donuts, or ice cream for their treat then it can be a challenge to incorporate the candles into the festivities.

One trick that I have always liked to do is place the candles on  the serving dish that the treat is going to be presented on.

It is easy to do but you have to follow some guidelines.

Using Birthday Candles When You Have No Cake

It comes down to thinking carefully about what type of dish, plate or bowl that you are going to be serving their birthday dessert in. First off you have to make sure that what ever you chose to use is not porous. 

birthday candles are notorious for staining as they melt and you don't want to ruin a dish with their wax.

You want a dish that has a very large edge or is very wide. A wide edged soup bowl would be ideal for a creamy, watery or frozen dessert like pudding or ice cream.

A plate or cake platterwould be perfect for anything you can pile up like doughnuts, nut brittle, or cookies.

You will be setting your candles into hot wax that you have dripped onto the dish. Don't use the birthday candles to do this, use a regular dinner candle so  that you can take time to let it burn and drip it's wax. Place the birthday candles in the small pools of hot wax immediately.


Make sure that the birthday candles are very securely set in the wax as you don't want a burning candle to fall over, especially when they are blowing them out.

Have your lighter, dinner candle and birthday candles ready. 

Count out how many candles you will be using and place them off the plate or bowl on opposite sides starting with a north, south, east, west pattern and filling in between them.

Light your candle and drip wax onto the plate (or bowl).

Set the birthday candle into the melted wax immedietly. Work your way around the plate. Carefully put your birthday treat into the center of the plate. 

When you are finished your birthday celebrations remove the candles and scrape off any excess wax with a knife then wash the plate as normal.

And of course with all candles, never leave a lite candle unattended. 

For anyone who just doesn't like cake but misses blowing out candles this is a great way to surprise them for their birthday!

Using birthday candles when you have no cake!

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