Cigar Box Cake

by Karen Tack

Cigar Box Cake

Use tootsie rolls and spice drops to create this Cigar Box Cake.


  • 1 (9-inch) square cake
  • 10 plain bread sticks
  • 50 Tootsie Rolls
  • 10 yellow spice drops
  • 2 tablespoons table sugar
  • 1 cup vanilla frosting
  • 1-1/2 cups chocolate frosting
  • 10 yellow mini M&M’s
  • 1 tube (4.25 ounces) red decorating frosting


  • A bread knife
  • Rolling pin
  • A serrated knife
  • 1 freezer weight zip lock bag

Trimming the cakes:

  1. Place the cake on a clean work surface. Using the bread knife cut a 1-inch piece from opposite sides of cake. Place the trimmed cake on a serving platter.

Frosting the cake:

  1. Spread the top of the cake with the vanilla frosting and make smooth.
  2. Spoon the chocolate frosting into a zip lock bag.
  3. Snip a small corner from the bag with the chocolate frosting. Pipe vertical lines of chocolate frosting, close together on the sides of the cake.

To complete the cake:

  1. Unwrap the Tootsie Rolls and microwave 5 at a time for no more than 3 seconds to soften. Press the 5 together and roll out to a 10-inch strip.
  2. Starting at one end, wrap the Tootsie Roll strip tightly around a bread stick, over lapping the Tootsie Roll slightly. It will cover about two-thirds of the bread stick. Repeat with the remaining Tootsie Rolls and bread sticks.
  3. Use the serrated knife to cut the covered bread sticks to 6 inch lengths.
  4. Sprinkle a work surface with some of the table sugar. Roll out each spice drop in the sugar, adding more to prevent sticking, to a 3inch length. Using scissors cut into 1/2-inch by 3-inch strips. Repeat with the remaining spice drops.
  5. Wrap the spice drop strip 1 inch down from the round end of coated bread stick as the cigar band. Secure with a dot of chocolate frosting.
  6. Pipe “congratulations” close to one long edge of cake with the red decorating frosting.
  7. Add 8 of the cigars to the top of the cake, close together. Pipe a dot of chocolate frosting on the spice drop band and add the yellow mini M&M’s. Arrange the remaining 2 cigars next to the cake.