Retro Candy Week: Candy Buttons

I love all of the retro candy dessert tables we’re seeing lately.  Today I thought we’d focus in on one particular childhood favorite, Candy Buttons.  Remember those?  A paper strip full of little dots of sweetness.  The bright colors are perfect for spring and summer and would add a whimsical touch to any party.  Whether you roll up them up, throw them in a glass bowl or put them on a cake, Candy Buttons are just plain fun!  Here are some charming ways to add Candy Buttons to your next party.
Candy Button Cake

I absolutely love this Candy Button Cake by The Pastry Studio!  Such a clean and clever way to feature this retro candy.

Candy Button Cupcakes

Roll up Candy Button strips and stack on a cake pedestal for a unique and colorful display, like this one from Sweet Kiera.  Or cut paper strips into squares and place on top of a cupcake to create Candy Button Cupcakes, like these from The Sugartarian.

Candy Button Party Inspiration

A glass bowl never looked so good as when filled with Candy Buttons, like this one by Some Green Tea.

However you do it, Candy Buttons will add a playful retro vibe to your party!  Have any other suggestions on how to showcase Candy Buttons?  We’d love to hear them!

Carrie Sellman , Founder & Editor

Carrie Sellman is the Founder & Editor of The Cake Blog. Her work has been published in BRIDES Magazine, Country Living Magazine and featured online at People, Today, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple, TLC, The Cooking Channel and more.


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    What fun ideas! Candy dots make people so happy! Love the cake, but I really like the cupcakes because that’s something I could actually do. :)

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    kara says

    the retro candy button cake is adorable…couple years ago I made a wedding cake with black dots on it (I’m sure you know how hard it is to get real black royal icing, so I used the candy buttons painted with black icing color and let them dry…I glued them with white royal icing and it turned out beautiful…I’m a hobby cake decorator, mostly friends & family, for over 20yrs…mostly self taught…dont know how other colors would work but the black was a true black and the buttons are mostly uniform in size…keep on baking

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    Theresa says

    Did you pull all the button off the paper and place them on at a time. I love the cake .and what was the bow made from.I want to make one for a baby shower. Thanks


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