Retro Candy Week: Rock Candy

I have officially declared this to be Retro Candy Week!  I thought we’d continue on with some unique ways to include Rock Candy at your next event.  It seems like rock candy has become a staple on so many dessert tables.  Here are some creative ways to take Rock Candy to the next level!
Rock Candy Cake by The Sweet Boutique

Rock Candy Sticks are the focal point of this cake, created by The Sweet Boutique.  Not only is the cake a gorgeous display but it creates a lovely presentation when plated with a rock candy stick on the side.  Filling glass apothecary jars or vases with rock candy sticks adds another visual element to the table, just like this one photographed by Red Ribbon Studio.  And tall glass candle holders filled with rock candy… LOVE it! 

Rock Candy Cake by Cocoa & Fig

Crushed Rock Candy is the star of this lovely cake by Cocoa & Fig.  It’s simple yet whimsical and fun!  I think this cake would be perfect for any playful theme.  You could change out the color of the rock candy to something more subdued for a more elegant crystal-like look.  Think clears and pale pinks or yellows.

Rock Candy Cupcakes by Elisa Strauss

Something similar to these Rock Candy Cupcakes by by Elisa Strauss of Confetti Cakes.  Crushed rock candy is dyed to the perfect shades of pink to create these shimmering beauties. (Learn how to make them HERE).  Serve them at a bridal shower with a cup of tea adorned with a rock candy stirrer, like this one by Martha Stewart Weddings.  What a lovely combination that would be!

Don’t you just want to create something sweet with Rock Candy now?  Have any other creative Rock Candy Inspiration… be sure to share it with us below!

Vendors & Credits:
Yellow & Red Rock Candy Cake:  The Sweet Boutique
Rock Candy Jar:  Photography by Red Ribbon Studio
Blue & Red Rock Candy Cake:  Cocoa & Fig
Rock Candy Cupcakes: Elisa Strauss of Confetti Cakes
Rock Candy Stirrer:  Martha Stewart Weddings

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.


  1. 1

    Sydney says

    You wouldn’t happen to know a good recipe for rock candy would you? I have tried two different ones and they have just not worked.

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    Kara says

    Fun ideas! I could totally see the cupcakes at a little girl’s birthday party! Pink and sparkly!

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    Carrie Sellman says

    Sydney – I don’t have one worth recommending… maybe one of our readers will have one to share! Anyone?

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    Jodi says

    We baked these cupcakes for my daughters birthday and they were an epic fail. I used a 7 minute frosting with egg whites to make sure the frosting “crusted” a bit to hold the rock candy in place. We frosted them at 10 pm last night and by 6 am they were a runny droopy mess, which made the birthday girl a runny droopy mess, too. Before school we had to run to the bakery for replacements and the baker said the rock candy breaks down the frosting and makes it run. If you make these, test your recipe ahead of time. Or plan to frost them just before serving. This turned out to be an expensive lesson for us. The rock candy cup cakes had to be tossed and we had to buy expensive bakery replacements to save the day.


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