Wednesday, February 15, 2012

~ Wax Pantry Cake Tutorial ~

Hi Friends...

I thought we would play with some wax today!

How about a tut on how to make these pretty pantry cakes!





Lets get started.

Start out with a thrift store crock pot. I paid 3.99 for mine.

Also pick up some thrift store candles. $.99 cents for the brown big one. $.50 cents for the small white one. I also added in left over candle bits I had from old candles.


If you melt the wax... and let it reharden... it will do this, cave in. The reason I let my reharden is because the color was to light so I turned off the pot and came back later when I had better supplies.

Below the pot here you will see walnut crystals. I added some of those but it still wasn't dark enough.


I ended up buying this Black candle dye from

Next... you need some molds.
Any size or shape will do.

Again... Goodwill. Cheap.



I used a metal ladle to scoop my wax into my molds. I did not put anything on the molds for nonstick. I just took my chances.


I let them cool. Then popped them in the fridge for a few minutes then flipped the molds and the wax fall out.

And you get these...


You can see here how light the wax was before I added the black dye. Bottom is no dye... top is black dyed.



Here is a wax pantry cake before dusting.  


After it cools Rub it in cinnamon, coffee and cloves as much or as little as you want to.





You can even make big ones.

This one is 9”.



Arap with cheese cloth or brown paper. That’s it. Pretty easy!




Simple and fun to make!

Until next time…

Carmen and the Primcats


Gwen, The Vintage Seamstress said...

I love your tutorial on this, been wanting to make some. Thanks for the great instructions. Have a great week!

Tam said...

thanks, not sure what I like better the tut. or them mice

Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives said...

Carmen, thank you SO MUCH! This is like taking a class with a bunch of happy crafters. I miss craft classes.
I was really into them in the 80's and 90's. I learned just about every craft technique there was to learn.
I'm really enjoying the 21st century trends especially the blackened beeswax, these pantry cakes and the primitive trend.
p.s. do you think a rice cooker would work to melt the candles?

Tolentreasures said...

Love this tutorial, esp. now since I have these wonderful smelling ones that you made in my kitchen and my family all wants them! I had no idea that they were wax! I'll be looking for molds and candles my next TS day.

Thanks again!
Cathy, who finished painting your plaque before work today and is varnishing it tonight...hoping to get it in the mail tomorrow, just need your address again...oops!

Katherine said...

Those turned out really great! I tried the salt dough ones a few years ago, and wasn't happy with them. Love the way yours look!

Carol Stuck said...

I have always wanted one of the pantry cakes. Love yours dusted in the cinnamon and spices!!! Thanks for sharing. Just maybe I will try this.

hugs and smiles,

Gettysburg Homestead said...

Great tut!!!! :)


Ellie's Country Accents said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I've been wanting to try them.

Jessie Ann said...

Totally trying these!!! Thank you for sharing the tutorial on how to make em'!

Brenda said...

These are great Carmen! I'll be checking the thrift stores for candles and keeping my spent ones... Love recycling! :)

michelle said...

Looks great sweetie!I have a ton of candy molds.The plastic wilton kind,I wonder if they will work.Have a great weekend!big hugs michelle

earlene said...

Carmen this is so easy...I want to try some too. After our trip!
I think I will try some bunnys for Easter.
Got my reservation made for Friday night in Marion. Counting the days!

Raggedy Creations said...

Thanks Carmen. That is very easy. I seen a pantry cake that you bake but this is very cool.


Robin at The Primitive Hutch said...

I've been wanting to make some of these. Thanks so much for sharing!!!
Prim Blessings

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

I've got all I need to make these..and I love my trees you sent me..they are in my dining room next to my tart burner..have a good one and thanks for sharing;)

Brenda said...

Thanks so much for the tut Carmen. I have not seen any made out of wax....great idea. Hopefully I'll be making these soon!!


Sandi @ The Primitive Skate said...

Hello Carmen-
Thank You for the wonderful tutorial. I had no idea these were wax. I searched many blogs in the past to make these and seen recipes for many, many ingredients and baking for hours and hours and that just was to much work for me.
Thank You for sharing!!!

Kendra said...

Thanks so much for sharing...guess what I am doing tomorrow! This sure beats the sugar and water and baking for hours on end method!

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Thank you for the great tutorial!!! Pinned them of course

ohiofarmgirl said...

This looks like so much fun. Do you ever add essential oils to them too?? Dianntha

Anonymous said...

Carmen, thanks for posting a how to on making pantry cakes. I did find an old crock pot at our thrift store to use. I have plenty of cookie cutters from Linda Claus and some other molds from Gina that I can use. Maybe I will try this. You made it look real easy.
Country at heart

cynthia lee designs said...

Thanks for sharing this. Looks pretty easy to make. Might have to do some of these for gifts or for my shows.

Sweet Bear Creek Whims said...

Lovely tutorial.... thank you!


frontporchprims said...

Carmen, somehow I missed this awesome tut. Thanks for sharing. Do you mind if I pin it? -Steph-