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Cookie Cakes DIY

Today I’m super excited to share a DIY by Jodi Levine. I’ve been a huge fan of hers since I discovered her work years ago while she was working at Martha Stewart. This project is inspired by her new book Candy Aisle Crafts which comes out August 26. It’s about crafts you can make from the candy aisle and it’s genius. I preordered it last month (you can too by clicking here!) I’ve seen a sneak peek of the book and it is AMAZING. I’m thrilled to say that we’ll be giving away copies for 2 Oh Happy Day readers! Just click through below for all the contest details and to see the instructions for these brilliant little Cookie Cakes.

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Cookie Cakes DIY by Jodi Levine

Teeny-tiny mini layer cakes made out of store-bought cookies are a pretty treat or a fun activity for a child’s tea party. I loved playing “store” as a kid and was crazy about anything miniature (still am!) and would have loved making fancy little cookie cakes for a pretend bakery!

Set yourself–or the kids–up with a pastry bag fitted with a star tip. You can really use any icing tip (or even a resealable sandwich bag with the bottom corner snipped off) but the star tip makes it look extra fancy! Set out small bowls or ramekins of regular sprinkles, shaped sprinkles (like hearts), red hots, alphabet cereal (the square vanilla cake has an alphabet cereal B on top), or anything you’d like. Pipe dots in a circle around the top edge of the cookie and top with another cookie. Keep adding layers until the cake is the height that you want. Adhere sprinkles or candy decorations to the top with dots of frosting.

Serve on top of mini cake stands. The homemade mini cake stands pictured here are upside-down cupcake papers, some with a trimmed-down cupcake paper glued on top. The white stand in the center is made from a small paper plate (trimmed smaller with scalloped scissors) glued onto an upside-down nut cup.

And here’s how to win a copy of Candy Aisle Crafts for yourself:

(Giveaway is now CLOSED. Our winner will be contacted via email. Thanks!)

1) Visit Jodi’s site to read more about Candy Aisle Crafts.
2) Comment below on why you’d like to add this book to your collection!

The giveaway ends on 8/22 when the winner will be chosen at random.

Candy Aisle Crafts!

Photos by Amy Gropp Forbes

  1. Kerry

    August 18, 2014

    I am always looking for fun new ideas for holidays and kids parties! I would LOVE to win this book. Thanks so much for the chance.

  2. Natalie @ Paper & Birch

    August 18, 2014

    These look super cute! As a candy-aholic, I would LOVE to win this book!

  3. Lauryl

    August 18, 2014

    I’ve been a fan of Jodi’s since Martha’s Kids magazine. Can’t wait to see what she’s imagined with candy!

  4. Lisette Wolter-McKinley

    August 18, 2014

    I love finding clever ways to use everyday items. This book would be a nice addition to my party resource books.

  5. Danielle

    August 18, 2014

    How fun! I love the idea of creating fun party treats with candies and cookies!

  6. Eliane Almeida

    August 18, 2014

    I am very new to the DIY crafts world – I found your website and used many ideas at my son’s 1 st birthday last week! It has been really fun and this book would be my very first party/craft book 😉 Thanks for all your ideas!

  7. Amber

    August 18, 2014

    So clever! I would love to just sit and peruse all the pretty pictures. I love simple party ideas!

  8. Vivian

    August 18, 2014

    Love to make tiny edible food!!!!!!!!Remember being a child playing in my little doll house!!!
    Enjoy cooking with premade food.

  9. Vivian

    August 18, 2014

    Love making little finger food, remember my doll house.

  10. liz

    August 18, 2014

    I love making crafts for my son’s class. The children would love to work with candy!

  11. Mari

    August 18, 2014

    These are the types of crafts my daughter and I love to do together! This book looks perfect!

  12. kristina

    August 18, 2014

    What an approachable, fabulous concept! This makes everyday sweets into anytime fun! I could use this arsenal of creativity to introduce simple, special ideas to my young daughter and other kiddies in my life.

  13. Rebecca

    August 18, 2014

    Adorable! Such a cute and simple little “craft” to share with my daughter. I’d love to see the rest of this book.

  14. Phaedra

    August 18, 2014

    I have really enjoyed using the book Hello, Cupcake so this looks right up my alley!

  15. Rachel S.

    August 18, 2014

    How cute! I never have thought to do this. :)

  16. Danielle Blake

    August 18, 2014

    With a young son I think it would be fun to have this book for inspiration.

  17. Sandie

    August 18, 2014

    oh this is TOO CUTE! i’m in charge of birthdays at the office, and i like to mix it up with different surprises…this book would really help! thank you!

  18. Melissa S

    August 18, 2014

    Oh my gosh the planet cookies are genuis. I’d love to see what other great ideas are in this book!

  19. Kala

    August 18, 2014

    I love all things tiny and all things edible, so the two together sounds absolutely ideal! Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. Holly

    August 18, 2014

    I have loved Jodi’s creativity since Martha Stewart Kids. This book has fun things to make with my daughters!!

  21. Sarah

    August 18, 2014

    I love this! I always love to have pretty books to get inspired with!

  22. Heather C

    August 18, 2014

    I am so bad with frosting, but I love to bake! These look like the impressive treat I want to make but more at my skill level.

  23. Meg

    August 18, 2014

    This is too precious!!

  24. April

    August 18, 2014

    I cannot wait to see everything that is in this book! I love throwing children’s parties and I know I’ll definitely find inspiration from this.

  25. Traci Severson

    August 18, 2014

    Oh what fun!! I love anything in miniature as well, especially if it’s edible!!

  26. Debbie

    August 18, 2014

    My daughter leaves for college on Friday morning, and she said one of the things she’ll miss the most are her lunchbox surprise treats. Sniffle, sniffle…I’d love to create some cute things for her trips home or to send in her care packages to share with her other freshman dorm mates!

  27. Jennifer

    August 18, 2014

    I love making sweets for my little ones and I love the simple, creative ideas she has!

  28. Fiona

    August 18, 2014

    I need thsi book to be ready for tea parties with my daughter and her friends!

  29. Cindy Palacios

    August 18, 2014

    I remember Jodi from the Martha magazine. Loveee her work. Cant wait to see all her ideas.

  30. Sharmyn

    August 18, 2014

    Hooray! You had me at marshmallow birds! I NEEEED to make pretty candy sweets, NEEED to.

  31. Emily M

    August 18, 2014

    I want this book on my bookshelf for party inspiration for my kiddos! I so love those planet cookies!

  32. Jane

    August 18, 2014

    This looks like so much fun! My son and I rarely visit the candy aisle, but it would be so great to learn a couple new ways to use all that sugar (besides it going into the tummy!).

  33. Nanette Miele

    August 18, 2014

    I would LOVE this book. The ideas I’d gleen from its pages would help me out with some great activities for the 60+ teenage girls I mentor at church. We are always looking for new, fun, simple, pretty, delicious ways to create. Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  34. Maddie

    August 18, 2014

    I would love to have this book in my collection to have go-to cute sweets for parties!

  35. Ashley

    August 18, 2014

    I’d love this book! I’m the cake maker in my family and I’m sick of making traditional cakes. Wouldn’t a different cookie cake for each family member be so much more fun?!

  36. Lene

    August 18, 2014

    I love baking, and the cakes in these pictures look so cute!

  37. Anna T

    August 18, 2014

    I need all the help I can get to be a cool and fun mom. I think this would do the trick :)

  38. Racheli

    August 18, 2014

    Looks like this book offers great ideas for fun activities to do with the kids!

  39. Laura Beck

    August 18, 2014

    I will love this book, I would use it to make my cakes more fun! Thanks

  40. Ashley

    August 18, 2014

    I’d love to add this book to my collection as I haven’t ventured into the candy/food side of the craft world and this would be a great intro!

  41. Anne Evans

    August 18, 2014

    This book would be fun to go through with kids. :)

  42. kelli

    August 18, 2014

    Oh, I love the planet cookies! so cute! It would make my parties so fun.

  43. Sandra

    August 18, 2014

    It s so so so lovely!! This book would be my perfect gift to my birthday!! Its 22 August =)

  44. AnaSofia

    August 18, 2014

    Es una auténtica preciosidad, I need it!!! And my children too

  45. Lana

    August 18, 2014

    Love Jodi’s work and was sad when they stopped doing the kids magazine–was a fave! Definitely want to try those adorable projects so will need that book!

  46. Beth K

    August 18, 2014

    I’m Jodi Levine fan, too! Her book looks awesome! Wouldn’t it be cool to throw a party utilizing her craft ideas? Thanks for the giveaway!

  47. Amy Cluck-McAlister

    August 18, 2014

    This looks like such a fun book! The candy creations would be fun for themed parties. Dessert and candy buffets are my favorite.

  48. Kelsey Cox

    August 18, 2014

    I need this book, STAT. I love little art projects, especially the type you get to eat when you’re done!

  49. Cindy C

    August 18, 2014

    What fun! My four year old son is obsessed with decorating cakes! It’s one of his great artistic outlets! We have been working our way through Karen Tack’s Cupcakes, Cookies & Pie, Oh, my! This would give us some fun new ideas to try.

  50. Lea Anna

    August 18, 2014

    My guy loves loves loves candy

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