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Holiday Candyland Cakes

One of my favorite series of photoshoots was back in 2018 to 2019 when I made a whole range of Holiday Candyland Drip Cakes, Cupcakes, and Freakshakes for all the major holidays of the year.

Candyland (or Candy Land) cakes and treats are bright, colorful ands loads of fun,and especially popular for birthdays and holidays throughout the year.

It was a real challenge, a lot of fun, and kept me very busy for a whole year. And thankfully turned out to be extremely popular with buyers. It would take me a whole week from preparation, cake decoration, through to all the photoshoots for each cake, set of cupcakes or freakshakes. It was a lot of fun and the kind of challenges I like, because this is the type of work that I love to do.

The ironical part of all of this, is that I am a health-nut and follow a Paleo Diet, so sugar and wheat is off my menu for 90% of the year. However, in my family, we allow ourselves to eat cake as special treats 2 or 3 times a year for special celebrations. 

For my holiday photoshoots, I often shoot cakes and yummy treats because they most represent party time and celebrations for us all.  

Candyland Cakes make great eye-catching images for your holiday websites and greetings

Where to Buy

All of my Candyland photos and videos can be purchased direct from my preferred agency here:

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If you need a special bundle for a specific holiday or just a single photo, please contact me and I will be more than happy to list those for you as well.

All of the footage featured in my YouTube videos, as well as the photos taken from the same shoots, are available for purchase. So if you're interested in any special bundles, please don't hesitate to contact me:

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Decorating Tips

Decorating candyland cakes, cupcakes or shakes, are a lot of fun, so do not feel daunted by them. 

The essence of getting the right look, I find, are the lollipops. In order to make all the cakes in my whole holiday range, I found it was easier to pre-order the lollipops from specialty candy stores in advance.

Getting the right colors, styles, and quantites were sometimes a bit difficult, but it worked in my favor when I told the store owners what I needed them for, and what I was doing, and ordered in advance. They were all very excited and helpful after that.

Next come the color themes. I usually chose one color for the main frosting and a second complementary color or flavor (chocolate, strawberry, caramel, etc) for the Drip frosting.  Then the lollipops and a whole lot of different candy, fruit and/or cookies to match.

Next step is to decorate your cakes with the main frosting, refridgerate for half an hour, then prepare the drip. Watch some Youtube videos for how to apply the drip, if you are a novice in this area, because it can be a bit tricky at first. Refridgerate.


While the frosting was setting, I would start to design my candyland layout using a fake polystyrene cake round that you can buy for a couple of dollars in cake decorating supply shops. This would then give me the layout, and I could play around with it until I got it right. Otherwise you could end up with a lot of holes in the top of the cake from pushing and pulling lollipop sticks in and out. I then transferred them, one by one, onto the actual cake, following my basic design.

When decorating, I start with the lollipops first, making sure I add some height and graduating them to add balance and harmony to the overall design.

Then just fill in with candy, cookies, candy canes, marshmallows, fruit, and whatever edible fun things takes your fancy.

There are no mistakes, just have a lot of fun and let your creativity take over. For extra inspiration, check out the vast range of Candyland style cakes on Pinterest - but then do your own thing. Its a lot more fun that way and you could come up with even more creative designs.

And then wait to see everyone's reaction - your family and friends will love the surprise!

(There's a lot of sugar in these cakes, so beware - make sure you only eat small portions of the decorations themselves. Especially the kids.)

Have fun!

About the Author

Annie, the owner of Milleflore Images, has been a very successful stock photographer for 7 years, selling over 90,000 stock imagery files on one agency alone, and 200,000 in total across all agencies that she contributes to.

Prior to that, she had her own graphic design business, which she says has been the perfect background to understanding what type of visual sells best.

Milleflore Images specializes in bright, colorful stock photography and video.

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