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 on TLC, DIY Network, The Cooking Channel, Glamour 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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