Nugget Cake

by Libby Fens

Use chocolates to create a layer cake for any occasion.


  • Patterned paper (Stampin' Up!® Halloween Night Specialty pack used here)
  • Coordinating solid color cardstock (Stampin' Up! Pumpkin Pie used here)
  • Hershey's Nuggets chocolates
  • Double sided adhesive (Stampin' Up! Tear & Tape used here)
  • Liquid glue
  • Circle dies (Stampin' Up! retired Circles Collection used here)
  • 3 descending rings about an inch thick (used here: Stampin' Up! plastic container, 3 empty sticky strip rolls, cap from hair mousse cut down)


  1. Step 1

    Wrap Nuggets with a 1” x 3” strip of patterned paper and adhere with strong adhesive tape. Wrap opposite the 'flap' on the Nugget, positioning the start end of the wrapper just under the logo on the back. This ensures it will not pull off. Set aside wrapped Nuggets.

  2. For the sample, 5 Nuggets were used for the top layer, 9 in the middle, and 11 on the bottom.

    You can cut a strip of paper 3" by the number of nuggets needed for that layer. If the top layer needs 5 nuggets, cut the paper to 3” x 5”. Apply double sided adhesive across the 5" top and bottom, then cut 1" strips.

  3. Step 2

    To make the base of the structure, use three leftover tape rolls. Stack and glue or tape them together to create about a 1" thick base.

    Find items to fill the structure of the middle and top layers. A medium sized button container and small lid were used in the sample.

  4. Step 3

    Apply two rows of strong double-sided adhesive around all three cake bases.

  5. Step 4

    Working on one cake layer at a time, remove both liners for adhesive. Stand up nuggets all around the base.

    You might have to adjust or move the nuggets around to ensure a covered fit.

  6. Complete all the layers.

  7. Step 5

    Cut four cake layer separators out of cardstock using circle dies.

    For the sample, these sizes were used (yours may vary, depending on the forms chosen for the layers):

    Base - 5"
    Middle Layer - 4 3/8”
    Top Layer - 3 1/2"
    Cake Top - 2 5/8"

  8. Step 6

    Stack layers for a test fit. Do not glue until layers look correct. Make adjustments to the sizes of the separating layers as needed.

  9. Step 7

    Glue layers together separately. Apply glue to the bottom of the nugget ring on each triangle area of the wrapper (this part will be touching the base) and set the ring on top of base. Weight it to assist in firm adhesion.

  10. Repeat for each layer. Use a scallop circle base for the bottom layer. The middle layer will be on a circle as well as the top layer.

  11. Step 8

    When completely dry, glue each layer together by repeating the gluing process with glue on top of the nuggets. Allow the glue to dry completely.

  12. Step 9

    Complete the project, embellishing as you like.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Nugget Cake. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I am making a ton of these for Christmas gifts! If I don't eat all the nuggets first!
muscrat  |  Mon Oct 10, 2016 at 6:39 AM
Libby what an awesome project you've created and a great video tutorial. So easy to follow and listen to. Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous Halloween cake!
Penny Hanuszak  |  Mon Oct 10, 2016 at 12:34 PM
This is so creative and so pretty . I want to surely try this.

Kim Appler  |  Mon Oct 10, 2016 at 3:27 PM
How fun this looks - I have to give it a try. Thanks for the great tutorial.
Kia  |  Mon Oct 10, 2016 at 4:15 PM
Thanks, muscrat, Penny, Kim, and Kia for stopping to leave a compliment!
If you have any questions, please ask.
Libby  |  Mon Oct 10, 2016 at 6:47 PM
love this tutorial Libby!...I want to make them for Christmas!....Thinking I can buy wood rings instead of using my sticky tape rings as a support feature.......will check Michaels tomorrow! smile Thanks for sharing!
Susanne Gleason  |  Mon Oct 10, 2016 at 9:11 PM
This would be a great idea Susanne. Please let me know how your search comes up!
I had 'collected' several of theses empty rings over the years and finally found something to do with them!
Libby  |  Mon Oct 10, 2016 at 9:24 PM
i made a 16th birthday one for my daughter 8 years ago. I think its time to make another thank you for sharing. Would make a great teachers gift.
susan  |  Wed Oct 12, 2016 at 7:43 AM
Yes, Susan they would! These are wonderful little gifts! And, who doesn't LOVE chocolate!
Libby  |  Wed Oct 12, 2016 at 8:34 AM
Any suggestions for other things to use for rings...
aka pinkblack
Kim Appler  |  Wed Oct 12, 2016 at 10:12 AM
Yes Kim, you can use card board made into a rings or even recycled containers. You'll need 3 rings in the following sizes - large, 3 1/4", meduim, 2 5/8", and small, 1 3/8". All about 1" tall.
Libby  |  Wed Oct 12, 2016 at 12:05 PM
What a great and fun tutorial! I will be recreating this for a class project in December! I can't wait!

So when I put together my cake, I did end up making my own rings, as I wanted to make it easier for a class. So I thought I would share my dimensions:

1" strips of cardboard in the following lengths: 10", 8", and 6". I also added a 4th layer with 4". I distressed the cardboard to break the fibers slightly before curling. I used a mini stapler to staple the ring closed, 3 or 4 staples is best.

Perfect ring size! I can fit 11 nuggets on the base, 9 on the second layer up, 7 on the 3rd, and if you do a 4th top layer, 5 nuggets. One bag is perfect! (plus 2 left over for a snack. LOL).

Thanks again! This was a lot of fun!
Amy  |  Sun Oct 16, 2016 at 3:22 AM
Auch diese Anleitung ist ja genial. Ein schönes, kleines Geschenk für Kollegen auch zum Geburtstag.
Vielen Dank für die tolle Anleitung.
Liebe grüße von Beate
Beate M  |  Tue Oct 25, 2016 at 11:28 PM
ch bin froh, dass Sie das Tutorial Beate genossen! Lassen Sie mich wissen, wenn Sie Fragen haben.
Libby  |  Wed Oct 26, 2016 at 7:29 AM
Amy, when you made the cardboard rings, how much overlap did you allow when stapling? Perhaps you just placed the ends flush and stapled them. I will try a little cake using this method, but wanted to be certain all the candy would properly. Thanks!
Karen  |  Wed May 3, 2017 at 8:22 AM
Karen, not sure what Amy did, but more overlap would be more stable. I liked the idea of using something firm for my cake base. Good luck!
Libby  |  Wed May 3, 2017 at 8:27 AM
I have a choco-holic friend who has a birthday coming up. This is adaptable to any occasion! So...guess what she is getting instead of a cupcake?
mmhanson  |  Sun Nov 6, 2022 at 12:03 PM

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