How to Make a Candy Corn Cake

How to Make a Fun Candy Corn Cake | The Bearfoot Baker

Remember the other day when I shared “How to Dirty Ice a Cake” with you? It was pretty basic instructions on how to add a layer of icing that will secure the crumbs of a cake so when you are ready to add the next layer of buttercream frosting it won’t pick up any of the cake crumbs so your frosting will be clean and crumb-free.

Well, now that you know how to dirty icing a cake, it is time to decorate. I picked a really simple candy corn cake design that will allow for many, many flaws. You will notice them when you look at my final cake. I think I decorated it on one of those days where Disney songs and visions of the movie “Elf” were playing in my head and I zoned out. This candy corn cake design doesn’t have to be perfect so you can zone out while you make yours if you want.

How to Make a Candy Corn Cake with Video | The Bearfoot Baker

Especially if you add some candy corn cookie pops and Halloween Rice Krispie Treats. They won’t notice the flaws in the frosting on your candy corn cake.

Supplies for Candy Corn Cake:

American Buttercream Frosting -White, Yellow, and Orange
Offset Spatula
Bench Scraper
Cake Board
Candy Corn Cookie Pop

You know how I like to make videos for you so here ya go! Hope you enjoy it!

Did you notice all of the flaws? I wanted to share this with ya because everything we do can’t be perfect. You know what? I am alright with that. Sometimes things just don’t go as smoothly as we would like but you keep going. The cake tastes the same with perfect frosting or with flaws in the frosting. It’s not worth stressing over. People will love your cake and eat it all up!

Make a Simple Candy Corn Cake with a Video | The Bearfoot Baker

  • Begin with a cake that has been placed on a cake board the size of your cake. Then dirty ice it.
  • Chill it in the freezer for about 20 minutes so it will be easier to decorate.
  • Divide some frosting into three bowls. Color one white, one orange and one yellow.
  • Place it on a cake turntable.
  • Imagine dividing the cake sides into horizontal thirds. Add some yellow frosting to the bottom third of the cake with an offset spatula. 
  • Next, add some orange frosting to the middle third of the cake. It should overlap the yellow a little.
  • Then, add the white frosting to the top third and to the top of the cake.
  • Smooth the top of the cake with the offset spatula while turning the cake turntable.
  • Push the icing over the edge of the cake as you smooth it out.
  • Next, use the bench scraper to smooth the sides of the cake. The side of the bench scraper should be placed flat on the turntable like in the video.
  • Also notice in the seventh picture above (sorry I didn’t number them) the angle of the bench scraper. You want it to be beside the cake and not cutting into the cake.
  • Slightly press the bench scraper into the cake as you spin it on the turntable. You will have to make several turns to get it smooth while scraping the excess frosting off the scraper.
  • Decorating a cake requires you to add a lot of frosting and then removing enough to make the cake smooth.
  • Once your sides are smooth, begin working on the top. If you watched the video you will notice I changed my mind on what I wanted to do. I wanted to apply a thick layer of frosting, but instead, I took too much of it off so I had to add more. I like the swirl design. Just place the offset spatula in the center of the cake and spin the turntable as you pull the spatula towards the edge of the cake.
  • Place a straw in the center of the candy corn cake so you can add your cookie pop. Click here for the Candy Corn Cookie Pop tutorial.

How to Make a Candy Corn Cake - Video | The Bearfoot Baker

If you want to add sprinkles, add them while the frosting is wet so they don’t fall off. Anyhow, I have another cake coming soon and I didn’t zone out when I made it. I think you will like it. At least I hope you do! 😉

Halloween Rice Krispie Treats
Candy Corn Wreath Cookies
The Happiest Little Candy Corn
Candy Buttons

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