I Am Baker

Candy Corn Cake

This cake is completely inspired by candy corn.  But not the  regular candy corn, Brach’s Indian Corn.

Have you seen this type of candy corn?  With the chocolate on the bottom?  I found it to be the perfect cake inspiration! (picture below)

But I went wrong on this cake.  I was in a hurry.  A BIG hurry.  I needed to have this cake done and be out the door in 57 minutes.

So I used all box mixes (which is fine with me!) and canned frosting (horrible mistake).

Something happened.  I sampled the canned frosting and thought it tasted like cardboard.  Even the chocolate.  They were all just awful.  I wouldnt feel comfortable serving this cake to anyone.  Is it just me?  I used to not mind them at all!  (To be fair, I stuck to one brand.  It could have just been that brand.)

I am a huge proponent of supporting  peoples choices in baking… if you want to use canned frosting I would never bat an eye.  Heck, I would support and encourage you for choosing to bake!

But for me, I think this was my very last time.

And also, I didnt do a pictorial tutorial frosting the cake because I was planning on doing a video tutorial but then something came up and I didnt.  I think I have developed a really, really easy method of this type of graduated layer decorating, and cant wait to share!  Seriously, even my kids can do this with great success!

So please be patient with me.  That video is on the top of my to-do list, I promise!  Well, right after homeschooling.  And finishing my book.  And laundry.  But its up there!


Candy Corn Cake


  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 3 containers white frosting (or three cups)
  • 1 container chocolate frosting (or 1 cup)
  • Optional: Orange extract


  1. Bake chocolate cake in 8in round cake pan. One cake will be used, so you can wrap the other 8in round cake and place in freezer.
  2. For the white and orange layers, simple prepare white cake batter as you normally would. Divide batter in half and tint one half orange. (Add orange extract if you wish)
  3. Bake white cake batter in 8in cake pan and bake orange cake batter in 8in cake pan.
  4. For frosting, take one container of white frosting and tint it orange. I used gel food coloring and about 4-6 drops.
  5. To assemble cake:
  6. Place chocolate cake on cake stand. Place thin layer of chocolate frosting.
  7. Place orange layer on top and cover in thin layer of orange frosting.
  8. Finally, place white cake on top and cover entire cake in crumb coat.
  9. Decorate as you wish.
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In my instruactions for preparing this cake I ended with, “Decorate as you wish.”  Um, lame!  But since I cannot possibly leave you hanging completely, I will share this link with you.  Sweetapolita has a great video on how she does this style of decorating.  Her method (while very different from mine) is flawless perfection.  She is a master!

And since I feel so bad for not being organized enough to share my video tutorial with you, I am going to do my best to make sure one of you is as organized as possible!  I am giving away the Decorator Preferred Decorating Set from Wilton!

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  1. karen Matthews says

    I love this, ive been going through a layering phase at the moment and this is so clean simple and just lovely, thanks for sharing!

  2. Diamond says

    I can’t wait for your tutorial on you easy method of this frosting. I love the stripes of colour, especially in the cut cake and how the colours match the cake colours.

  3. Sandy Shekleton says

    Thanks for the great idea. It will sure be a hit for all my kids and their spouses which total 18 and my 15 grandchildren.

  4. Christina says

    Wow this cake looks amazing. Randomly came across your blog and now I want to try all your amazing cake recipes!

  5. says

    What a fun as well as delicious cake! I just used the white cake mix – dividing it into 3 parts, then adding cocoa for the chocolate and orange extract for the center layer. I did the same for the frostings and it turned out really awesome. For a little extra touch and for fun I put a row of candy corn around the base and at the top. Everyone loved it.

  6. Amy says

    Have you put together a decorating tutorial yet? :) I saw this and would love to do it for a Halloween party at work. Even just a written description with no photos would be helpful. Beautiful cake, in any case!

  7. Terri says

    Having gone from a house full of girls, friends visit, meals for church to empty nest and now a husband with diabetes, I miss baking. I have found a way to keep me happy and to bless others- making a cake of the week, and bringing it to someone at church. Guess what cake I will be making this week?! generally do not do boxed cakes- feels like cheating- and frosting- the store stuff is hideous!

  8. kate says

    I’m with you on not using purchased frosting. I think that stuff tastes like chemicals and I refer to it as “crap in a tub”. I have no problem with using a boxed cake mix (I doctor it to make it taste homemade), but I MUST have homemade frosting on my cakes!

  9. says

    My husband swears there’s no difference in taste between the Indian candy corn and the regular but I disagree – I think the Indian candy corn tastes MUCH better! :)

    Your cake is beautiful! (As always!)



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