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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  • flow says:

    i always make from scratch but don’t mind eating betty crocker’s moist chocolate cake at friend’s place 🙂

  • tahnee says:

    that cake looks awesome, we use packet cake for all ours at least you know it tastes good

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Gina says:

    Love this cake

  • Rebecca@A Dusting of Sugar says:

    I try to avoid cake mix, but my little brother has a thing for box cakes, haha. I usually just buy what’s on sale!

  • lily says:

    duncan hines!

  • Jess says:

    That is awesome! I would use boxed mix because it is just a blank slate. 🙂

  • Felicia G says:

    Love it! I would love to make this for our office!

  • the 3volution of j3nn says:

    That is SO cool! And totally gorgeous.

  • Pauline says:

    Candy corn cake!! Looks yummy.

  • 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.

  • Christina says:

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

  • Ken Topham 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Sarah @ Miss Candiquik says:

    This is sooo pretty – and elegant 🙂

  • Des says:

    Gorgeous cake! Now I’m craving cake AND candy corn.

  • ATasteOfMadness says:

    This cake is so gorgeous!! How perfect for Halloween!

  • Culinary Favorites From A to Z says:

    This looks so amazing and sounds so easy! I’ve shared it around a bit and hopefully, I’ll have the opportunity to make it one day when my grown sons are home.

  • chuckie says:

    would be much better if you didnt use box but i will

    • Amanda says:

      Hey Chuckie! Please so think of my blog as inspiration. Keep in mind that everyone’s tastes and preferences are different.

      • Tricia says:

        I use canned frosting but mix it with cool whip or whipped cream so it’s not so sweet. I also use instant puddings with whipped cream to make icings.

  • thebohemiancook says:

    Canned frosting is the Worst.

  • 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!

  • Janet 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!)


  • Homemade Food Recipes says:

    Great Recipe must try!