These Candy Corn Cake Bites are the perfect party treat for Halloween! Everyone will love these bite-size treats that look like their favorite candy!
I don’t know what it is about candy corn, but I just can’t get enough of them when Halloween comes around. I buy lots of bags of candy corn at the store, I like decorating with candy corn and those bright festive colors, and I love making candy corn inspired treats.
The process can take a bit of time, but it really is so simple. Especially because they start out with a boxed cake mix. I baked up a yellow cake in a 9×13 pan. Once it was cooled I broke it up into little pieces in a large bowl.
I used some store-bought frosting and mixed it into the cake crumbs until a soft dough was formed.
I placed my dough onto a tray with a baking mat, you could use waxed or parchment paper if you have that. I formed my dough into a square(ish) shape, about 1 inch thick. Now to make this easier on myself, I worked with half the cake at a time.
I cut my dough square in half. Then I placed it into the freezer to chill for a bit.
I took it out of the freezer after a few minutes and then cut triangle shapes out of each half. Once all my candy corn shapes were cut, I put them back into the freezer for about 20 minutes. When they are cold, it makes dipping them a little easier.
For the fun candy corn coating, I used these candy melts. You can find them at Michael’s, JoAnns, Hobby Lobby, and even at Walmart or Target. I usually find them in the holiday baking aisles.
If you’ve never worked with candy melts, it can be a learning process. I have found that a glass bowl works best for using candy melts. I started off with the yellow candy. Follow the package directions for melting the candy. Once the candy is all melted, if it still seems too thick, you can add a little shortening or vegetable oil (little amounts at a time), to try and smooth it out. Remove the candy corn cake bites from the freezer and dip the bottom part into the yellow candy melts, gently shaking off the excess candy and place it back onto the tray.
Once they are all dipped in the yellow, put them back into the freezer as you melt the orange candy melts. Continue the same process for both the orange and white candy melts.
These candy corn cake bites turned out so fun! They were a hit with our neighbors and friends that we shared them with. They tasted so good and were quite addicting. Hence, we shared them with our neighbors and friends.
- 15.25 oz yellow boxed cake - baked and cooled
- 2/3 cups vanilla frosting
- 1 bag each yellow, orange and white candy melts
- Mix yellow box cake according to package directions, bake in 9x13 pan and let cool.
- Crumble cake into a large bowl.
- Add 2/3 cup frosting and mix together until all combined.
- Place cake/frosting mixture onto a parchment lined tray and form a square cake, about 1 inch tall.
- Place in freezer for 30 minutes.
- Cut cake into 24 equal triangle pieces. (I work with only half at a time so I cut them into 12 pieces).
- Place back in freezer.
- Melt yellow, candy melts in a glass bowl for 1 minute in the microwave.
- Stir candy and place back in microwave for 30 more seconds.
- Continue this until all candy melts are completely melted.
- To make the candy melts a more smooth consistency (easier for coating), add vegetable oil, shortening or paramount crystals (found at specialty stores) a little at a time to the candy melts and stir until dissolved.
- Remove candy corn shaped cake bites from freezer and dip bottom part of cake bite in the yellow candy melts.
- Shake gently and place on tray.
- Place them back into the freezer.
- Melt the orange candy melts and continue the same process of dipping the cake bites and then repeat with the white candy melts.
- Keep them chilled until ready to serve.