Halloween Cake Recipe

Candy Corn Chocolate Cake

Make this cake a clever centerpiece for your Halloween gathering. Each slice will look like a piece of candy corn!

45 min. prep time
16 servings
353 Ratings



1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) package devil’s food or butter recipe chocolate cake mix
1 1/3 cups buttermilk*
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, melted
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon vanilla


1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
6 cups powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
5 to 6 tablespoons milk
4 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened or semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted
Orange gel food color
Yellow gel food color


Candy corn


Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) round cake pans; set aside.

Combine all cake ingredients in bowl; beat at low speed 1 minute. Increase speed to high; beat, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.

Divide batter evenly between prepared pans. Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool in pans 5 minutes; invert onto cooling rack. Top with another cooling rack; invert again so cakes are right side up. Cool completely.

Beat 1 cup butter in bowl until creamy; add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat at medium speed, adding enough milk for desired frosting consistency. Remove 2 cups frosting to medium bowl; add melted chocolate. Beat until well mixed.

Place 1 cake layer, top-side down, onto serving plate. Spread top with 1 cup chocolate frosting. Place second layer, top-side up, over frosted layer. Frost sides of cake with chocolate frosting. Spread a smooth, thin layer of chocolate frosting on top of second layer. Draw a circle 1 1/2 inches in from top edge of cake with toothpick. Draw another circle 1 1/2 inches in from first circle, leaving a 3-inch circle in center of cake.

Using 1/2 cup white frosting, pipe stars or spread frosting in center circle. Remove 3/4 cup white frosting to another bowl; tint with orange food color. Pipe stars or spread orange frosting on middle circle. Tint remaining frosting yellow. Pipe stars or spread yellow frosting in outer circle on top of cake.

Use any remaining frosting to pipe a border on bottom edge of cake, if desired. Press pieces of candy corn onto sides of cake.

*Substitute 1 1/2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice and enough milk to equal 1 1/3 cups. Let stand 5 minutes.

Recipe Tip

Instead of making free hand guide circles with a toothpick, use an inverted drinking glass to make the center circle and an inverted salad or cereal bowl to mark the next largest circle.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 530

Fat: 26g

Cholesterol: 105mg

Sodium: 460mg

Carbohydrates: 72g

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Protein: 5g

Recipe #14460©2008Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

i love it soooooooo much. but my co-chef added a whole bag of powdered sugar which made it super sweet. other then that it was epic!!!!
I made this cake a few times last year. Every time I took it to a party everyone loved it. I did change the frosting. It was very sweat, but everything else went well.

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