Candy Corn Cake

Want a really cute and different Halloween cake?

This is a candy corn cake that we made in our kitchen.  

The recipe came from the Land O Lakes Recipe Collection "Fall Favorites Edition" that was on display until October 8, 2011.  The recipe (with pictures) is on pages 16 and 17.

Here's how to make it:

Cake Ingredients:

  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package of yellow cake mix with pudding (We used Pillsbury Moist Supreme Golden Butter Recipe)
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup Land O Lakes Butter (that has been melted)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of orange candy sprinkles (or nonpareils)

Frosting Ingredients

  • 6 cups of powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup Land O Lakes Butter (that has been softened)
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons of Land O Lakes Half & Half (or Fat Free Half & Half)

Decorations Ingredients

  • Bright orange decorator sugar
  • Bright yellow decorator sugar
  • White sparkling decorator sugar
  • Candy corn (if desired)


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees 

2. Line the bottom of a 13 by 9-inch baking pan with waxed paper.  (Helpful Hint: We placed the baking pan on top of a piece of waxed paper, traced out along the outside bottom of the pan, then cut the waxed paper with scissors so it covered only the bottom of the baking pan).  Spray the entire inside of the pan and the waxed paper with a non-stick cooking spray like Pam.

3. Beat all the cake ingredients (except for the sprinkles) together in a mixing bowl.  After it is beaten as described on the package of cake mix, add the orange sprinkles by stirring them in.

4. Pour the batter into the cake pan you prepared and bake at 350 degrees for 29 to 32 minutes.  We inserted a toothpick after 30 minutes of baking time and it came out clean.

5. Cool the cake on a kitchen counter for 1 hour.  Then cover it with aluminum foil and put it in the freezer for 2 hours.

6. Make the frosting by combining the powdered sugar and the softened butter in a large bowl.  Using a medium speed, beat it until it is well mixed.  Add the half & half while you continue beating.  

7. Take the cake from the freezer and put it on a large cutting board with the bottom of the cake facing up.  Peel off the waxed paper.  If you are having trouble getting the waxed paper to release, put a hot, damp dish towel over the inverted baking pan.

8. Cut a triangle out of the cake as shown below.  We marked the middle of the cake (on one end) with a toothpick and then used a piece of copy paper like a ruler to score straight lines to the other side.  

Cutting Candy Corn Cake

9. Put the two small triangles together, top-side down to form a large triangle equal in size to the one you cut out of the middle of the cake.  The recipe calls for the cake to sit on top of aluminum foil, but we just put ours directly on top of a white, cardboard cake board.  Then, frost the two triangles, which are sitting side-by-side, to form the bottom layer of the cake. (Please note that we kept the top side up, but we made it flat by using a cake leveler).

Assembling Bottom Layer Of Candy Corn Cake

10. Place the large triangle on top (carefully) and then frost the top and sides.  Trim off any uneven edges before frosting.

Frosting The Candy Corn Cake

11. Use a toothpick or knife to draw lines on top of the icing to make three parts.  (Do not cut deeply; just score it enough to divide the sections to make the next step easier.

12. Sprinkle yellow sugar on the wide end of the cake.  Gently place waxed paper on the middle section to prevent yellow sugar from going into the middle area where you will be putting the orange sugar.  

13. Sprinkle the orange sugar in the middle section, with both end sections being protected by waxed paper.

14. Sprinkle white decorator sugar on the small end to complete the candy corn cake.  

Candy Corn Cake With Colored Sugars

15.  We then placed some candy corn pieces along the bottom edge of the cake and put some on the cake board for effect.

Here is a picture of the finished candy corn cake:

Candy Corn Cake

So, how did this candy corn cake taste?


It is a great idea for a Halloween cake, but this colorful confection will delight your family any time of the year.       


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