Alan Pringle

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Saying “Merry Christmas” with pea-green cake filling

The Cherry Candle Cake from the Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Cook Book (1959) features a filling of pineapple, lime gelatin, and food coloring that renders into a lovely radioactive green hue.

Christmas Candle Cake cut to show bright green filling

“Christmas on a platter—tuck in a holly sprig, light the candle, and whisk this beauty to the table!” (© 1959 Meredith Corporation)

You really don’t need to light the candle in the center to draw attention to this cake.


  1. It would be cruel to leave us readers hanging waiting for our delivery of the cookbook…

    Although finding green gumdrop bows would seem to present an even greater challenge…

    • Alan

      December 15, 2013 at 7:37 am

      I had NO idea people still would be making that cake. It has an overall four-star review! I still cannot get past the lime Jello and pineapple filling. Just can’t.

  2. Apparently the green gumdrop bow manufacturing process is no longer common knowledge as in 1959.

    I found a technique that would suffice here:

    Or, if you are in a hurry, use this reasonable substitute:

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