I first blogged about melted crayon cakes way back in 2011 but last weekend, I made a Christmassy version of them that I thought you might like to see today….
When I first made my colourful crayons, it was way back in 2011 and the kids were still fans of colouring and drawing so the idea was to melt together all of the random stubby bits of crayon that were at the bottom of their drawing boxes.
This time around, I made them as something to do when I was looking after my favourite four-year-old so I actually bought the crayons rather than using up scrappy bits – not as frugal I know but they were only about a pound and it was well worth it for the fun we had both making them and then playing with them afterwards.
I used to make these melted crayon cakes in small individual silicone moulds that I got from the pound shop but I threw them out a while ago as I only ever used them for making these. This time I used a silicone mould that I’ve picked up from somewhere at some point – I’ve used this for everything from homemade bath melts to homemade gummy bears over recent weeks!
These melted crayon cakes are so easy to make – just break the crayons up into small pieces and split them evenly into the moulds that you’re using. I don’t have a photo of me doing this with the star moulds as that’s easier said than done with a four-year-old ‘helping’ me. This is the photo from the last time I posted about the melted crayon cakes which is actually quite good to use as you can see the moulds I used to use for this.
Once the colours are evenly distributed then you just pop the silicone moulds onto a baking tray and pop them into the oven at around 160 c. They take around 15 minutes but it does completely depend on the size of your crayon pieces – we used small star moulds this time so they took less time to melt than the larger crayon pieces we’ve used in the past.
You need to keep a pretty close eye on them so you catch them just as the crayons fully melt into each other but before they melt so much that the colours start to mix into one. I check on them every minute or so after about ten minutes to make sure I catch them just as this happens and take them out.
Just leave them to set completely when you get them out of the oven and when they have, just pop them out of the moulds.
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