This is an easy cake to create for any fall or Halloween party.
I saw a photo of a cake like this many years ago and have had fun making it with my kids ever since.
The best feature of this cake is how stress-free it is to make!
This is a very simple and creative cake to make with children. If you have several kids like I do, you can give them each some squares of their own to decorate. We have also made cupcakes with the candy corn faces so they each get several cupcakes to design.
You can be as basic or detailed as you like with the candy corn faces on this cake. Each year, my cake is a little different. Not only does it look great and taste delicious, it is quick enough to make on short notice. You can decorate it yourself or set your kids loose to make their own creations!
What I like best about the faces and design patterns is that there is no right or wrong with the decorating. Any face looks cute on this cake. Any type of design you can think of works of the other spaces.
Boxed Cake Mix, chocolate or your favorite flavor, sheet cake pan, 13”x9” or larger
Store bought Vanilla Icing, orange food coloring
Black decorating icing with thin decorating tips
Optional: orange or yellow decorating icing for more detail, Wilton disposable decorating bags, #2 decorating tip
Adding the Details
For the black detailing, you can use the store bought decorating icing or mix your own. I usually use the Wilton recipe using Crisco and Confectioners Sugar to make my own. If I am pressed for time, the Wilton or Cake Mate decorating icing works just as well. Either way, I always use my own decorating bags and tips, not the tube. Using the bags gives you more control and the small tips make nice fine lines.
1- After baking the cake, let it cool and put it on your serving platter to decorate.
2- For the frosting, I rarely make my own anymore since the store brands are so convenient. I buy prefer Betty Crocker or Duncan Heinz but any brand will do. Add food coloring to make it orange. You can stay with pastel orange or go to a deeper orange. The frosting will get thinner as you add more color. If the frosting seems too thin or runny, you can add some confectioners sugar to make it a little stiffer.
3- After frosting the cake, use a knife to lightly score the surface to make your boxes. My 13×9 pan makes a cake that fits 35 boxes for a 7 by 5 design.
4- To start decorating, I first add all the candy corn eyes, varying their position a bit and skipping boxes so the design doesn’t get too busy looking. I then add the black details to make the faces. Since I like them all to be a little different, I do one feature at a time. I make all the eyes and eyebrows first. Then I go back and add a different mouth for each face. Then I add noses, hair and ears if needed. Its fun when each face has its own personality.
5- Next I fill in the alternating boxes with black piped decorating icing in varied designs including zig-zags, swirls, spirals and other shapes. I add a few spooky words in the last few spaces.
6- I also like to decorate the edges of the cake with a different pattern.
7- When you are finished, remember to take a photo. This will help you next year when you are trying to think of new spooky and imaginative faces!
Toothpicks help erase little mistakes on the faces. If I don’t like the way a part came out, I sometimes take off the mouth or nose with a toothpick and make a new one.
If you do have a fail, it is easy to scrape of the face and make another!
Scrape a whole section off if you don’t like the way it looks and try again.
The orange frosting will get thinner as you add more color to make it darker. If the frosting seems too thin or runny, you can add some confectioners sugar to make it a little stiffer.
Have fun with your kids making this fun cake!!