Leading Lights Cake
Flashes of genius, these candles are actually buttercream-filled Jelly Roll pan cakes dipped into melted candy and decorated with candy clay shapes.
Each candle serves 2.
In advance, prepare 1 recipe candy clay, let cool to room temperature, and divide into thirds. Leave 1/3 white and tint remaining thirds yellow and green. Wrap tightly and let set overnight.
Bake cake and roll up lengthwise following recipe. When cool, unroll cake and spread with buttercream.
Reroll cake, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze. Tint portions of melted candy red and yellow. Cut frozen jelly roll into 3 1/2 in. lengths.
Dip cakes into candy, tap to remove excess, place upright on parchment-covered board to set. Roll out and cut candy clay to make flames, dots, swirls and ribbon trims.
Cut 1 in. piece of licorice for wick; insert in flame. Roll 1/4 in. diameter candy clay ropes and wrap around base of upright cakes. Insert wick.