Candy Corn Cake {cake decorating tutorial}

filed under: Surprise Inside Cakes on September 30, 2013


I have something very serious to talk with you about today.  There is a great travesty occurring in our nation. A great injustice!  And I cannot, no I WILL NOT sit idly by for one moment longer.

And please forgive my boldness as I callously divert from the true spirit of this blog.  I try so very hard to have fun here.  To keep things light.  But enough is enough.  This has to stop.

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I am taking a stand.

There is the little tiny candy that I hold near and dear to my heart.  I have loved it from the moment I tried it.

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Its candy corn. To be more specific Brach’s Candy Corn.  The REAL stuff.

There is only one real candy corn.


That stuff?  Over on the right?  IMPOSTOR.  I dislike them very much.  I dislike them on a crutch.  I dislike them on a spoon.  I dislike them under the moon.  I dislike them all the way to mars and back!  I would not eat them, not for all the money in a sack!

Why oh why are the grocery stores carrying them?  Why do companies even try to replicate the awesomeness that is Brach’s Candy Corn?  It must be stopped!!

(Brach’s has never heard of me, I am seriously just a big -weird- obsessed fan.)

So anyway.  While I dislike the fake version, I have intense adoration for the real stuff. Hence this cake.  Which I am pretty sure has been made a million times before.  Except this is kinda  new way to frost a cake. At least I haven’t seen much of it around, so I figured why not a tutorial?

(A word of warning, this post has numerous images.  Many more than I usually post, so I apologize for any slow loading times!)

CANDY CORN CAKE {cake decorating tutorial}

You will need: (please feel free to substitute a box mix here!)

3 white cake recipes

2 buttercream recipes

Yellow and orange gel food coloring (I use Ateco or Americolor)

9 inch cake pans

#32 tip, pastry bags, coupler set

Rotating Cake Stand (optional)

Prepare cake batter.  Tint one recipe cake batter yellow and place in a prepared 9-inch cake pan.  Prepare another white cake and tint orange; place in prepared 9 inch cake pan.  Make last white cake and place in prepared 9 inch cake pan.  Bake for approximately 10 minutes longer than the recipe directions call for.  When cakes are done baking remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature in pan.  Carefully remove cake from pan and determine which is the shortest cake.  Level all the cakes to that level.

Next came frosting.  There are two full buttercream recipes here, which is a lot of frosting.  Divide one batch equally into two parts then tint one yellow and one orange, trying to match the shade of your cooked cake.  Leave remaining batch of buttercream white.  Cover with plastic wrap until ready to use.

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Start by placing your yellow cake on the cake stand.  Cover in approximately 1/2 cup of yellow buttercream.  Carefully place orange cake on top.  Cover with approximately 1/2 cup of orange buttercream.  Place white cake on top.  Smooth out an excess frosting.

As you can see above, I chose not to do a crumb coat.  I wanted to be sure I had enough frosting!  With the two recipes of buttercream it turns out I did, so I would recommend covering your cake in a crumb coat of white buttercream.

Great trick for changing out frosting bags when decorating a cake! #cakedecorating #halloween

For the frosting.  My trick is this: (this is a life changer, seriously)

I place ALL my frosting into plastic disposable pastry bags.

I then get a new clean bag with the tip I am using, in this case a #32 tip, and coupler set.

Cut off about 2 inches from the tip of the bag with your first color and place the frosting into the bag with the couple set and #32 tip.

Pipe out decoration and then when the frosting runs out, remove empty frosting bag from bag with tip and coupler.

Grab new frosting bag, cut off tip and drop into bag with tip and coupler.  When you have a new color change out your frosting tip.

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Starting with the yellow frosting in the bag with the #32 tip; place your tip at the very base of the cake.  Apply pressure and then swoop UP.  If you are at all uncomfortable with the motion, practice on a piece of parchment paper until it feels right.

At this point you can determine how big you want each dab to be; just try to remain consistent around the entire cake.  Continue this motion around cake until you have completely covered the bottom of the cake.

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For the next row, place your frosting tip right in between the dabs from the bottom row.  Repeat the same motion as you did above and do this around the entire cake until you have two full rows of mini scallops.

You will be doing three full rows of yellow, so once you have completed the second row, go back in and do a third in the exact same way.

Remove yellow frosting from your bag with the coupler set.  Change out to a clean #32 tip and then add orange frosting.

Just a note: I pipe one handed and was able to turn my cake around with the other hand.  If you want to make the piping even easier, place cake on a rotating cake stand.

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This is how the cake should look at this point. (Of course, yours will be neater since you did a beautiful crumb coat!)

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The orange dabs are done in the exact same way as the yellow.  Do one row, go back in and add another row, then finish with a third row.

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This is how the orange layer looks when done.  You can see it will overlap onto the white layer of cake and that is great.

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If you are anything like me you will want every single dabs to be perfectly uniform and placed just right.  Well, I got over that pretty quick!  In my humble opinion, imperfections are beautiful too.  If you have a dab you dont like, simply remove it carefully then go back in and pipe another one.  This cake is very forgiving!

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For the white layer, do the dabs exactly as you have done wit the yellow and orange.  I did two rows of white dabs around the cake.  Looking back at the finished cake I could have fit three in, but didnt.  Be sure to carefully look at your cake and see what will work best.

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The third row I started at the very edge of the cake then swooped IN, towards the center of the cake.  I went around the cake until I reached the center.

If you are a faithful iambaker reader you will recognize this technique from this Mini Heart Surprise Inside Cake I did!

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Keep going around and around the cake until you reach the center.

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When you get to the center just take extra cake to make your final dabs as uniform as you can.  Even if they are not its ok, the over effect is still quite lovely.

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And this is how the top looks all completed!  Can you see the reflection of the yellow and orange in the cake server?  I totally planned that. #totalydidnotplanthat

So lets re-cap.  All impostor candy corn is wretchedly bad.  Brach’s candy corn is the real, the best, and the only candy corn allowed in this house!

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As you can see, I may have a small obsession with them.  It is my understanding that some people even add peanuts to theirs.  And M&M’s or some such nonsense.  I am afraid this is the dividing line between us.  Difference in political and religious beliefs?  I can handle that.  Nuts in my candy corn?  Get outta here.

No nuts!  No M&M’s!

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Just candy corn.  Lots and lots and lots and lots of CANDY CORN!

And cake.  Always lots of cake.

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My apologies for this longest and most picture heavy post I have ever had the pleasure of assembling.  Please do let me know if you have any questions.

And lets brainstorm for the next cake!  Should we tackle this one for Christmas?  Red, white and green?  Should we take on New Years and make it black, white and gold?  How about Fourth of July with red, white and blue?  How about a rainbow with all the beautiful colors??  The possibilities are endless!  Cant wait for the next one, which you are sure to see very soon!

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For the record, I have enjoyed candy corn with salty peanuts before and they were ok.  I may have gotten a little intense up there.;)

Feel free to check out my other Candy Corn Cake!  Its based off of the Indian Candy Corn.

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  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I miss Brachs candy corn. It is the best flavored, unfortunately for those with peanut allergies… it’s not safe so it’s a no go here 🙁 Maybe someday… until then I’ll enjoy your pretty cake as a nice substitute! 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Bummer! Sorry about that. 🙁

    • Emily @ Jelly Toast says:

      I feel your pain, Rachel! My daughter has a peanut allergy and we haven’t had Brach’s candy corn in ages!

  • Kristine says:

    I love the real candy corn! I have been giving away it for Halloween for about 6 years…I always keep an eye open for the prepacked bags in the stores. Kids love it!!

    • Amanda says:

      I wanna come to your house. 🙂

  • Julie M. - The Little Red Shop says:


  • Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon says:

    I wish I had your beautiful skills at decorating cakes- definitely something on my bucket list to work on! Maybe you can give me lessons sometime 🙂 Beautiful cake!

    • Amanda says:

      IF giving lessons means we would have to hang out then YES. I am in. 🙂

  • Rachel @ says:

    I agree! Brach’s all the way! I think it’s the sesame oil they mix in there!

    • Rachel @ says:

      I also love the details in the cake. Beautiful!

      • Amanda says:

        Thank you so much!

  • sweetsugarbelle says:

    I too, can ALWAYS spot an impostor!

    • Amanda says:

      lol I hear ya! You make such beautiful beautiful candy corn treats my friend. 🙂

  • Jenna says:

    I thought I was the only one!!! I ONLY like Brach’s candy corn!!! I am a candy corn snob in that respect. : )

    • Amanda says:

      If preferring superior taste over fake impostors qualifies us as candy corn snobs… I am ok with that label. 🙂

  • Kristen says:

    Love this cake and your passion 😉

    • Amanda says:

      Ha! Thanks. 🙂

  • Catherine Bova says:

    You are a riot! But I do agree about the candy corn. There is only 1!

    And the cake came out beautiful~


  • Chris says:

    Beautiful job as always 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!

  • Charlotte Moore says:

    I can’t stand candy corn. None of it!!! But your cake os so pretty. Lots of icing to make though. You did a great job.

    • Amanda says:

      Yup. Lots of icing is kinda my thing. 🙂

  • heather says:

    Those colors – wow!

    • Amanda says:

      Thank you!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says:

    Brach’s all the way! I have been holding off on buying a bag otherwise I will eat it all! This cake is adorbs!

    • Amanda says:

      Girl, I am right there with you! I bought a lot for this cake and now they sit on the counter… taunting me. 🙂

  • Becca from says:

    Those NUT LOVERS are NUTS! Also, Brach’s rules… and makes me drool(s)

    Now then, please help this baker friend of yours. This paragraph totally confuses me, even WITH your wonderful photos. I’z confuuuzed!

    “I place all my frosting into plastic disposable pastry bags. I then get a new clean bag with the tip I am using, in this case a #32 tip, and coupler set. Cut off about 2 inches from the tip of the bag with your first color and place the frosting into the bag with the couple set and #32 tip. Pipe out decoration and then when the frosting runs out, remove empty frosting bag from bag with tip and coupler. Grab new frosting bag, cut off tip and drop into bag with tip and coupler. When you have a new color change out your frosting tip. Easy peasy!”

    WHAT? Am I dropping a bag with a coupler into another bag that has a coupler? That can’t be right. But then you talk about dropping the next bag of icing in, but needing a new coupler and tip. This idiot right here just doesn’t get it 🙁

    • Amanda says:

      Sorry! Make one plastic bag with a coupler set in it. Put all of your other frosting in plastic bags. Drop the bag with frosting into the bag with the coupler set in it. (you have snipped the top off of the frosting bag so that frosting will come out) Put your tip of choice on and begin piping. Hope that helps!

  • Theresa says:

    Thanks for your tutorial. I love the way the top looks as an overhead shot! I also love Brach’s candy corn and sadly, I do not know that I have eaten too much until a) the bag is empty and/or b) my stomach begins to hurt. A lot! But I do not learn and plan on repeating this mistake again soon. Great cake!

  • Brienne says:

    Love the original candy corn!! Another huge frustration with this wonderful candy is when people call it corn candy!!!!! What is that???? 🙂

    Love the cake — stunning work, as always!!

  • Beth @ bethcakes says:

    I didn’t realize there were impostor candy corns out there, but I’m glad I’m aware of it now. 🙂 This cake is gorgeous! Love that piping technique. Also I love how you switch out the different piping bags. What a great idea!

  • Gina says:

    Couldn’t agree more…Love Brach’s candy corn, cannot stand the other stuff. 🙂 Cute cake!

  • Kim P says:

    Love this cake and Brach’s Candy Corn is the ONLY candy corn!

  • Kate@Diethood says:

    LOOOVE your cake! It is STUNNING!

  • Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff says:

    Love your cake 🙂 I was at the grocery store a few weeks ago and saw a woman with many bags of Brach’s candy corn in her shopping cart … she looked at me and said she needed to buy it before it was all gone and only the generic stuff was left … I then threw several bags in my cart … just to be safe! Does that make me candy corn hoarder?

  • Lindsay says:

    Silly question, but when you say 3 white cake recipes, if I were to use a boxed cake mix would that be 2 boxed mixes, as one boxed mix would usually be used to make 2 – 8 or 9″ cakes?

    • Amanda says:

      Nope! It would be three boxes of cake mix!

  • Kim | Just For Clicks says:

    I am {slightly} obsessed with candy corn. Which isn’t helping my need to lose weight. Go figure! As my kids are getting older, I’m trying to find new ways to make every holiday special. Instead of elementary class parties…. I’m making parties at home for my middle schoolers. Though I’m quite sure it will look nothing as awesome as this…. Thanks to your tutorial…. I’m totally gonna try this cake. Thanks for the tips and pictures!!!

  • HeatherChristo says:

    I am a candy corn lover and this cake is the cutest thing ever! I always love your Halloween cakes so much!

  • Carla @ Carlas Confections says:

    Amanda this cake is so dang cute!!! I am sharing it on my FB page tomorrow 🙂 I think I need to make something like this for Halloween!