Cake Artist Extraordinaire Karen Portaleo Launches Candle Line

Karen Portaleo Candles

There are numerous impressive cake artists and sugar sculptors out there. You can find their work all over social media sites like Pinterest and Snapchat and we’ve written several posts on some of the most amazing edible art. But then there’s Karen Portaleo. In a class by herself, Karen’s cakes are often created for large movie studios, television networks and prestigious companies. And now she’s launched new Portaleo Candles!

New Karen Portaleo Candles

New Karen Portaleo Candles

World-renowned cake artist Karen Portaleo has turned her sculpting prowess toward soy wax and has just launched a line of new candles. Portaleo Candles are made of a natural soy blend, crafted and hand poured in her Atlanta, Georgia studio.

Award-winning cake artist Karen Portaleo
Award-winning cake artist and candle maker, Karen Portaleo

The unscented candles are crafted with the same artistry as her cakes and have cotton wicks.

devil candles

demon candle

Launching this month, at present her online store has mainly Halloween-themed candles, but Karen is hard at work expanding her line, creating new candles for holidays and other celebrations, as well as Cake Topper candles and birthday candles.

Flora Skull:
flora skull candle

The Flora candle was inspired by Karen’s trip to Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo’s home in Mexico. Big enough to be a dramatic centerpiece, Flora is a 4lb candle, and has three wicks.

karen portoleo flora skull

Tricky Trio:
This wicked trio consists of a red Devil, a green witch and a pale grey Dracula. Each is about 4 inches tall.

wicked halloween candles

The Tricky Trio: Drac, Devlish and Witch Candles. Sold individually for $20 each or as a set of three for $50.

Devilish Candle
Devilish Candle
Witch Candle
Witch Candle
Dracula candle
Drac Candle

The Drips:
Sold either as a set or individually, the Drips are three hauntingly fun pillar candles. The tall one is orange and 8” tall and 3” wide, the middle one is yellow, and 4” tall and 4” wide. The Little Drippy is green and 3” tall by 3” wide. Together the set weighs 4.5 lbs. Sold individually for $20 each or as a set of three for $50.

halloween candles

The Drips; Big Drippy, Lil Drippy and Fat Drippy are also sold individually.

portaleo candles
Big Drippy candle,
karen portoleo hallpween candles
Lil Drippy candle
Fat Drippy candle
Fat Drippy candle 

She and He Skelly Candles
skelly candles

She and He Skelly candles are available as a set. She and He are both a pale bone color. He stands at 9” tall, and She is 7.5” tall. Together they weigh 3 lbs, and the burn time for each candle is 20 hours.

Skelly candle portoleo
He Skelly candle
She Skelly candle


(2022 Update: Unfortunately, Karen had to put aside her fabulous candle making venture and focus on her cakes and her edible paints and has since shut down her Candle company)

Thanks to Karen for the info and images. Be sure to see her spectacular cakes here!

Portaleo Candles Is no longer in Business