Halloween Candy Cake

SIMPLE Halloween Candy Cake...SImply frost a cake with orange frosting, draw on a Jack O Lantern face and top with candy!!

This Halloween Candy Cake might be the easiest, cutest cake you’ll make all season!

I am all about cute food…Especially when all it really involves is a cake and dumping a bunch of candy on top.

I know…

But cute food that can be made fairly quickly is a win, don’t you think?


The steps are simple…you can use a boxed cake mix, if you’d like…and you can get rid of any extra candy you might have laying around.

All you have to do is bake a cake and frosted it with yummy orange frosting. Like I said, use a boxed mix if you wish (I used this Confetti Cake Recipe that I love), but DO NOT use canned frosting. Friends…if I can call you friends…please oh please ditch the can o’ frosting. Homemade buttercream is FANTASTICALLY easy and infinity times more delicious.

I teamed up with my friends over at Challenge Butter and created a super simple buttercream frosting that will make your cake a huge success. Pinky swear. Plus Challenge Butter is completely natural..nothing synthetic and hormone free, so it’s a win-win.


You’ll need some orange food coloring so it looks pumpkiny. And don’t worry so much about making your frosting look perfect…you’re going to be dumping a whole loot of candy up on there.


I mean, everyone has extra candy…right?


Simply arrange the candy on top and around the edges so it looks cute.

Oh and color a bit of your frosting black and using a piping bag (or a ziptop bag with the corner cut off) and pipe on a simple jack o lantern face.

Easy Jack O lantern Candy Cake!

How cute is that? So easy and fun.

Super Simple Jack O Lantern Candy Cake for Halloween. SO easy!


Simple Buttercream
  • 1 cup Challenge Butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-2 Tbsp heavy cream
  1. In bowl of stand mixer cream butter until smooth. Slowly add in powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat on medium until combined.
  2. Add in heavy cream one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.


* I am a Challenge Butter Ambassador this year and have loved using their butter in my recipes. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

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22 Comments on "Halloween Candy Cake"

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Jessica @ Sweet Menu

Oh boy! A candy cake! This looks incredible and what an excuse to eat both candy and cake. I just want to dig right in.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

How freaking fun is this?!?! Such a cool looking cake!

Emily @ Life on Food

This cake is adorable. My husband might have a problem we me raiding the candy drawer but I think once he sees the cake he will get over it.

Liz @ Tip Top Shape

This is too cute!!!! I love it!


Extra candy? Ha! I have six kids- need I say more? But the cake is all kinds of fun!

Aimee @ ShugarySweets

OMG so cute. Like those plastic pumpkins that hold the candy. LOVE LOVE LOVE!


ah this is so adorable!! i wish my daughter was just a little bit older so that i could make it and she would enjoy 😉


Super super cute!! When I saw this on facebook, it made me smile! 🙂

Mary Ann Cormican

where do you get Challenge Butter??


This cake looks magnificent, Shelly. What a spectacular job you did on the decorating. I love it!

Sandy | Reluctant Entertainer

Now that is a CAKE! Love this Shelly!

See you next week, girl! xo


What a fun idea!!! I love the “go big or go home” mentality here.

Laura @ Laura

Sometimes it’s hard to choose between cake and candy, so why not have both!

Nutmeg Nanny

This is adorable! What a great way to use up all that Halloween candy…or an excuse to buy more 🙂

Jessica @ Sprinkle Some Sugar

HOW adorable is this cake?! I can’t even stand it. So fun! Pinned and shared on FB 🙂

Annie @ Annie

This is so fun!! It looks fabulous and is a great way to use up all the Halloween candy 🙂

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

I so agree – homemade frosting can make anything taste amazing! I’ll often do that – a box mix with real frosting – no one knows the difference. And I want to make this cake really bad – oh my gosh so cute!

Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

oh my gawd. . well, you have just won over every single kid in America with this cake . . I love this!!! 🙂

Katrina @ In Katrina

This cake is my spirit animal.


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