Candy Corn Cake

filed under: Surprise Inside Cakes on September 24, 2012

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


Candy Corn Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

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

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candy corn, Candy Corn Cake
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 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, simply 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.

To assemble cake:
  1. Place chocolate cake on cake stand. Place thin layer of chocolate frosting.
  2. Place orange layer on top and cover in thin layer of orange frosting.
  3. Finally, place white cake on top and cover entire cake in crumb coat.
  4. Decorate as you wish.



candy corn cake

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)

candy corn cake

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.

candy corn cake slice


Here are the from-scratch recipes for this cake:

White Cake

Chocolate Cake

Whipped Vanilla Buttercream

Here is a video of me decorating a cake with the same technique as I used on this Candy Corn Cake.

candy corn cake


If you like this cake you will love my new book Surprise-Inside Cakes!  (especially the Ombre Cake I share in the book!)

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  • Gary Martin says:

    Great Recipe and wonderful pictures.

  • JudyG says:

    i must try the candy corn cake

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    Canned frosting or not, this cake is freaking beautiful! Madeline LOVES candy corn so she would shrek with happiness if I baked this!! love love love .. and wishing you and the kiddos a safe and happy Halloween. . post photos of them in costumes, k?! 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      We aren’t dressing up this year. The kids go to a private Christian school that doens’t dress up and we have like 2 neighbors total and NO ONE comes to our house (hello 1/2 mile driveway) so it’s just a regular old day for us. 🙂 But I can’t wait to see your pictures!

  • I Am Baker Logo

    Brand new recipes that people find kinda acceptable.