Candy Corn Halloween Cake

Hey ya’ll! We hope you had a great weekend and that your Monday is going great!

Does anyone else love candy corn and not know why? Because we do and we just want to know we’re not alone. Candy corn is the essential candy of halloween/ fall in general. But we actually don’t know why we like them! They kind of don’t have a flavor other than sugar, but somehow we’re addicted! If you’re like this then you are definitely going to love this cake! Make this for any halloween party or just for your family and everyone will be blown away! You’ll be the talk of the party!


Ganache drizzle seems to be all the rage right now and we thought we’d take a crack at it since it looks perfect for halloween. And we’re glad to say that it was actually pretty easy! You can watch a video of us making it at the bottom of this post, so read on! (there is video of me dancing, cause who doesn’t dance to Taylor swift when she comes on, but thankfully Georgia was nice enough to speed the video up enough that you can’t see me haha 🙂 )

Needed for this Cake:

3    chocolate cake layers ( 9-inch)

3x the butter cream recipe below, colored orange

1 tbsp & 1 tsp orange extract

red and yellow liquid food coloring

1 tbsp cocoa powder

8 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

8 oz chipping cream

1 3 lb bag candy corn

pastry bags

pastry brush


Step One: Stack your Cakes & Crumb Coat

Frosting recipe for decorating this cake:

2 sticks of butter, room temperature

1 tsp vanilla extract

5 cups confectioners’ sugar

1/4 cup milk

  1. Cream together the butter and the vanilla.
  2. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time.
  3. Beat in the milk and whip until smooth. Don’t over whip or there will be air bubbles in your butter cream and you don’t want that!

We made 3 batches of the recipe above for this cake. If you have ny extra you can mix some of it with your cake shavings and make cake pops!

You’re going to start by leveling your three cake layers and then stacking them with a layer of the orange frosting between each. Then, you’re going to crumb coat your cake. This is the layer that’s going to catch all the crumbs (hence the name), so it really doesn’t matter what it looks like! As you can see our video, our crumb coat wasn’t pretty and it had a lot of crumbs in it. So, don’t worry if theres a lot of crumbs. Chill it for 30 min, so your frosting sets up.

Step Two: Final Coat & Paint the Cake

Next, you want to final coat the cake. This is the outside layer and needs to be as smooth as you can get it.We have always struggled with getting our cakes smooth, but the more we practice the better we get, so keep practicing! It also helps that we bought the huge tip in the video, which if your going to be making a lot of cakes, we recommend. It’s a life saver! (before we got one our cakes were never anywhere close to being smooth!) Chill for about 10 min.

For painting your cake you are going to mix together 1 tbsp orange extract and about 3 drops of each red and yellow food colorings. This needs to be the liquid food coloring, not the gel kind! The extract can be any flavor as long as it has a high alcohol content and is clear. You can also use some vodka (we didn’t have any on hand, plus we can’t buy it yet haha). Then just take a pastry brush and generally brush on the orange mixture.

Then mix together 1 tsp of orange extract and 1 tbsp cocoa powder. Once this is mixed together, your going to flick this into your cake, this will give it a streak-y kind of look. After you’re done flicking. Use the rest of your original mixture and paint over the cocoa flicks.


Step Three: Ganache Drip the Cake

Heat up the whipping cream until it simmers, pour it over the chocolate chips (use a heat safe bowl!) and whisk until smooth. Then let it set up for about 5 min, so it thickens slightly. Either use a pastry bag or spoon the ganache onto the edge of the cake, so that some of the ganache drips down the side of the cake.

Step Four: Top with Candy Corn

Put a little bit of the extra ganache into the middle of the cake, but don’t spread it all the way to the edge (the candy corn will push it to the edge). Top with as much candy corn as you can pile on!

Use some of the extra candy corn to decorate the bottom of the cake however you like 🙂 Now enjoy all your hard work, we know we did! If you make this cake (or anything from our blog), please send it to us on Facebook, instagram or via email, we’d love to see how it turned out!

Here is the video for you to watch, so you can perfectly make this cake:

Questions, comments or requests? Let us know in the comments below, email (, instgram (uncharted bakers) or Facebook (@unchartedbakers).

We hope you have an awesome week, safe travels, and may you always have a cookie in your cookie jar!


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