Candy Warhol: How to Make an Artful Candy Mosaic

Posted by on Jun 28, 2014 in Cake Decorating, Food & Cooking |


In case you didn’t know, June is National Candy Month. Instead of lamenting about how much candy-eating time you’ve squandered, make the last few days count by doing something very special — learn how to make a candy mosaic.

This is not only a fun and whimsical cooking project, but candy mosaics are a fantastic addition to your cake decorating repertoire: Once the mosaic is made, you can simply pop it on top of a cake or a tray of brownies for an instant and crowd-pleasing treat.

Warhol inspired, but made of candy

Photos via CakeSpy

You can make a mosaic out of just about any image you choose. For best results, choose an image with bold, recognizable images and bright, distinct colors. The more you practice, the more you may find that you are able to create works of art with depth and color using sweet, sweet candy!

A mosaic made with peeps

It’s fun to create fine art images in candy, because there’s a delightful novelty in seeing priceless works of art rendered in tasty edibles. So in this tutorial, we’ll show you how to make a candy mosaic, inspired by the famed pop-art artist Andy Warhol, which must make this piece an original Candy Warhol!

Andy Warhol inspired art made from candy

How to make a candy mosaic

You’ll need:

  • A knife and chopping board for cutting candies
  • A spoon for spreading white chocolate
  • parchment paper
  • Baking pan in the size you’d like your final mosaic to be
  • Candies in various shapes and colors (approximately 1 cup candies per 6 inches)
  • ~1 cup white chocolate, coarsely chopped, or vanilla candy melts
  • Additional dark or white chocolate for piping (optional)
If you’re looking to convert measurements, refer to our Metric Conversion Guide.

Step 1:

Choose an image. Evaluate your image for the colors you’ll need. Now for the fun part: Hit the candy aisle, and buy candies in the colors you need. You can take some creative license here, easily working in a different color scheme than the inspiration image.

Choose candy colors that work well with your piece

Step 2:

Format the image so that it is the size desired. Print in black and white and trim to fit. Place it on top of a baking pan, then place a sheet of parchment paper on top. You should still be able to see the image.

Prep your reference image

Step 3:

Trim the candies, or coarsely chop them, so that you have a variety of different sizes of each color. Keep each color separate.

Different colors of candy

Step 4:

Melt your white chocolate in a double boiler. Working one portion at a time, spoon the white chocolate onto an area and then carefully cover it with the color candy needed to fill in that area. Be creative, using the irregular shapes of the candy pieces to give an interesting, textured appearance while still remaining true to the image.

A mosaic made of candy

Step 5:

Continue adding a little white chocolate at a time and adding more to your design. For best results, make sure you cover every part of the mosaic’s bottom with white chocolate. This will make transferring it later much easier.

Step 6:

Once finished, let the entire thing set for at least an hour, until the white chocolate has hardened. To further define certain areas, you can pipe chocolate or icing on top of the mosaic image, if desired.

Further refine your design by piping white or dark chocolate on top

Step 7:

To transfer, delicately move the parchment sheet to the cake, tray of brownies, or right to a plate, un-peeling the parchment as you slide it on top. The white chocolate makes it easy to remove the parchment.

It's easy to remove your mosaic from the parchment

Once transferred, make any small repairs that might be necessary following the transfer.

A decorative cake topper

Enjoy, knowing that you’ve created a work of very sweet art.

Learn to create more art-inspired cakes using inspiring new decorating techniques, like watercolor painting and pattern-pieced designs, in the Craftsy class Modern Mosaic Cakes.

What piece of art would you turn into a candy mosaic?