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


candy corn cake slice

Candy Corn Cake

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
This cake is completely inspired by candy corn. But not the regular candy corn, Brach’s Indian Corn.


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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)
  • Bake white cake batter in 8in cake pan and bake orange cake batter in 8in cake pan.
  • 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:

  • Place chocolate cake on cake stand. Place thin layer of chocolate frosting.
  • Place orange layer on top and cover in thin layer of orange frosting.
  • Finally, place white cake on top and cover entire cake in crumb coat.
  • Decorate as you wish.

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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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Reader Comments

  1. My mom runs an afterschool, and she exploits (which I willingly allow – hehe) my love for baking by asking me to bake cake for the kids………… using cake-mix. Out of all the ones I’ve baked for my mom, Betty Crocker’s is the best boxed cake-mix!

    Personally, I’d still want to bake my cake from scratch 🙂

  2. I love cake mixes, add an extra egg, use butter instead of oil and it tastes like homemade! Its great when you are in hurry!

  3. Gorgeous cake! I would say if I must choose, Pillsbury. If I win, I’m coming over and you can teach me how to use all of these gadgets!

  4. hey.. loved the cake!! though i never win giveaways but still.. I haven’t tried any box mix yet but I can try. I love the cakes made from scratch!!! hope to win..

  5. As the others have said when using boxed mixes, I doctor them as well and nobody would believe it’s a boxed mix. Love, love, love your cake. Candy corn is my son’s favorite fall treat, so I have to try this cake. You are so creative!

  6. Oh my goodness, that cake is cute! I have used box cake mixes for things that want that “cake batter” taste, but usually I stick with going from scratch. In the past, I’ve done pretty well with Duncan Hines!

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