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Well known fact: I love candy corn. 🙂 Last week I talked about making Candy Corn Rice Krispie Treats. It’s October, so no need to leave the subject of candy corn anytime soon! We need more. I decided to make a Candy Corn Explosion Cake!

You might remember I made an explosion cake for Valentine’s Day. It took a couple of tries, but it finally worked. It was so fun, I wondered, what about doing one with candy corn?

So I made a pound cake batter, since it is sturdy, and dyed two of the cake pans orange and yellow, leaving one white.

After baking the layers and letting them cool, I started with the bottom layer, yellow. I used yellow food coloring to color the icing and place a layer of icing on top of the first layer.

Next came the orange layer. I used yellow and red food coloring to make the orange icing for this layer.

You’ll notice I cut a ring out of the middle of each layer using a biscuit cutter. This is so you will have a cavity in the cake to put the candy.

So before placing the top white layer of cake, you fill the bottom two layers with the candy. I used a mixture of candy corn, mini candy corn, and chocolate pieces. You won’t cut a hole in the top layer.

Then I placed the white layer on top and iced the entire cake with a “crumb coat.” I then refrigerated the cake for about an hour.

After the crumb coat is nice and chilled, it’s time to add the candy corn-colored icing! I used food coloring to dye some white icing in the orange and yellow colors.

Candy Corn Explosion Cake

I applied it a bit sloppily because I wasn’t going to leave it like this. I wanted to give it an ombré type look. I used a pastry scraper and held it perpendicular to the cake and applied pressure as I rotated the cake to blend the colors.


When you do that, the colors blend together seamlessly.

Candy Corn Explosion Cake


Candy Cake Explosion Cake

Then comes the fun part–cutting it open! An explosion of candy corn! 🙂

Candy Corn Explosion Cake


Candy Corn Explosion Cake

In addition to the candy corn, you can see the differently colored layers of cake. My layers are more subtly colored than actual candy corn. That wasn’t really on purpose, but I like the way it looks.

I think you really have to make the batter look much darker than you like in order for it to bake up with a vivid color.

So if you want your cake more vivid, really go heavy on the food coloring.

Candy Corn Explosion Cake

So if you love candy corn, I hope you’ll give a Candy Corn Explosion Cake a try! Cut yourself a slice and celebrate fall!

Candy Corn Explosion Cake

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