Dum Dum Lollipop Cake | an allergy free candy display

Dum Dum Lollipop Cake | an allergy free candy display

Dum Dum Lollipop Cake | October is a fun month for us as we get to celebrate our little guys birthday. It’s a special day we never take for granted and celebrate it as grand as we can. With Halloween also right around the corner, this time of year is a little challenging when you have a little one with food allergies.

Dum Dum Lollipop Display
The past couple of birthdays I have tried to come up with some ‘cake’ & party alternatives that still hold some meaning and are fun for him to enjoy as well.

Recently, we got the ok for an occasional Dum Dum Pop, as they are free of the top major allergens.

I took this big news and created a Dum Dum Lollipop Cake, as it is not only the one treat he can have this time of year, but something that can be enjoy by all of his little buddies as well.

Styrofoam Make it FunMaterials Needed:
FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Discs (sizes noted below)
FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Sheets (sizes noted below)
White Craft Glue
Toothpicks
Dum Dum Lollipops
Crepe Paper Party Streamers

Tools Needed:
Serrated Knife, Paint Brush, Scissors, a Wooden Skewer

How to Cut Styrofoam Step One: Using a serrated knife, cut the foam to size.

This three tiered cake can be made with foam discs or foam sheets cut to size. I started out with three discs and then used them as guides to cut additional pieces for each ‘cake layer’, from the sheets.

Bottom Layer
9 – 7/8 Diameter FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Disc (15/16 inches thick)
2 Inch Thick FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Sheet – cut
1 – 3/16 Inch Thick FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Sheet – cut
15/16 Inch Thick FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Sheet – cut

Middle Layer
7 – 7/8 Diameter FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Disc (15/16 inches thick)
2 Inch Thick FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Sheet – cut
1 – 3/16 Inch Thick FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Sheet – cut
15/16 Inch Thick FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Sheet – cut
7/16 Inch Thick FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Sheet – cut

Top Layer
5 7/8 Diameter FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Disc (15/16 inches thick)
2 Inch Thick FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Sheet – cut
1 3/16 Inch Thick FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Sheet – cut
15/16 Inch Thick FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Sheet – cut
7/16 Inch Thick FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Foam Sheet – cut

Glueing StyrofoamStep Two: Glue the foam discs together to create each ‘cake layer’. I find white craft glue to work best on STYROFOAM™ brand foam and prefer Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue – (it has fairly quick dry time, holds very well and dries clear).

Apply the glue to each disc with a paint brush – stack the discs together – and place a heavy object on top until the glue completely dries. (note: once this step is complete you should have three separate cake layers)

Shaping StyrofoamStep Three:  Smooth and shape each ‘cake layer’ by ‘sanding’ with another piece of scrap foam.

This step does not have to be perfect but it does help uniform the ‘cake’ for the pops.

Styrofoam CakeStep Four: Glue the bottom, middle and top layers together to create the ‘cake’. Wooden toothpicks or small wooden dowels should be added for additional support. Once assembled, weight the ‘cake’ with a heavy object until the glue is completely dry.

How to Make a Styrofoam Cake

Dum Dum CakeStep Five: Begin inserting the Dum Dum pops, covering the ‘cake’s’ entire surface. It took approximately 840 Dum Dum pops to cover this cake.

Start at the top edge of each layer for a uniform look  – then fill in, inserting the pops as close together as possible. I grouped the wrapper colors together to help give each layer it’s own look.

Allergy Free CakeStep Six: Fill the empty space gaps between the layers with fringed party streamers. The gaps aren’t that big (see the photo above) however the space is too small to insert another pop.

Crepe StreamersTo make the fringed party streamers, take a piece of crepe paper streamers and double it up, as shown above. It can really be any length – though I think working in smaller pieces makes it a lot easier to cut.

Fringed Party StreamersHolding the folded piece of streamer – to keep it together and even – make small cuts on the top and bottom, as shown in the diagram above – leaving the center of the folded streamer uncut.

How to Make Fringed Party Streamers
The cuts do not need to be exactly even or precise as once it is unfolded you will not be able to tell the difference for this project.

DIY Fringed Party Streamers
Once complete, unravel the streamer and ‘fluff’.

Styrofoam Dum Dum Cake
Refold and tuck in-between the layers of the ‘cake’ to fill in the gaps.

To keep the fringes appearing full and uniform around the ‘cake’ – I folded over each section of streamer four times, as shown above.

Styrofoam crafts
To ensure the streamer is held in place – use a wooden skewer to push it into the STYROFOAM™ brand foam.

Styrofoam Birthday Cake

Candy Birthday Cake

Birthday Cake BannerStep Seven: Add a topper if desired.

I created this simple pom pom pennant topper for our ‘cake’ using yarn and scrapbook paper.

Allergy Free Birthday Cake
I made the yarn pom poms using the same tutorial as I used for the Yarn Ball Pom Pom Garland I made a couple years ago.

The pennants are double triangles cut from decorative scrapbook paper.

Both were strung on some black satin roping and tied to two wooden skewers.

Dum Dum Lollipop Display

Dum Dum Styrofoam Cake

Tiered Styrofoam Cake
Our Dum Dum Lollipop Cake will be used for my little guys upcoming birthday party, though I think it would make an adorable display to take to a halloween party or leave at your doorstep for trick or treaters.

Halloween Candy Cake

Styrofoam Craft ProjectsLike I mentioned above – Dum Dums make a wonderful allergy free treat that all kids can enjoy this time of year. Although they do contain some artificial colors, they are free of the top major allergens including wheat/gluten, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, and shellfish.

Yum Earth also makes a fantastic Allergy Free Lollipop made with real fruit extracts, no gluten, tree-nuts, peanuts, GMO’s, dairy, soy, or artificial colors/dyes – plus they are certified Organic. My little guy loved these (and I loved the fact they didn’t contain the artificial dyes) though he can no longer have them as they contain rice.

Tiered Dum Dums Birthday Cake
Even though our little guys still does not understand the concept of his own birthday, or even Halloween, just yet – he is pretty darn excited about this ‘cake’.

I have been selected as a member of the FloraCraft® Make It: Fun® Team. This post is brought to you by FloraCraft® and Dow. The opinions read here are entirely my own. For more crafting and project inspiration, check out the Make it Fun: Website, as well as the Crafts ‘n Coffee blog.

                  

Comments

  1. Super fun “cake”!!! Love the idea!

  2. What a beautiful and great way to celebrate a birthday! Everybody is happy and healthy! and I’m loving the idea or leaving it out for the kids to help themselves on Halloween when it’s too cold or let’s face it…mom is tired of handing out candy, lol! Thanks for sharing Stephanie

  3. Ohhhhhh that is the cutest thing I have ever seen!!

  4. Oh my goodness, this cake is gorgeous! Who knew dum-dum lollipops could be so elegant? What a special cake for a special little boy! I wish you all a very happy birthday month!

  5. OMGosh this is awesome Stephanie, simply awesome!!!!!!!

  6. This is very lovely and an excellent alternative to those with lots of allergies. Well done, Stephanie! Wishing your little guy a wonderful birthday! 😀

  7. What a great idea for an allergy free cake! It looks adorable, too! Wishing him a fabulous birthday 🙂 I love that you are able to help spread a little allergy awareness through your blogging, whether intentional or not 🙂 My daughter has an anaphylactic peanut allergy. Halloween really is a tricky time of year for food allergies. I took my daughter trick or treating for the first time when she was two, and the first house we went to offered her a handful of peanuts! I don’t think I have ever moved so fast to pull her away 🙂

  8. Holy canolli – where in the heck do you come up with these magical and inspiring ideas? Your creativity never ceases to amaze me – I know many a kid (Big Kids too!) who would love to have one of these. Thanks so much for sharing… I’m off to Pin!

  9. Holy Smokes! That is probably the most amazing handmade faux cake I have ever seen! Awesome job! I have seen these done as round smaller versions in a flower pot- but this ‘takes the cake’! Yep, I made a funny pun!

    I am pinning this on my party board on Pinterest.

    And I love that topper with poms and little triangular pendants and I so stealing that idea and making some for my party shop- I do make the cake bunting toppers with just the poms or just pendants- but never thought about putting both together to sell.

    Thanks so much for the inspiration. Best party project I have seen in ages!

  10. FABULOUS! I mean, stinking perfection!

        

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