Hidden Candy Corn Pound Cake

For the last year and a half, I’ve been seeing other bakers create these stunning cakes with shapes inside of them. I always scroll past the posts, frustrated that I can’t figure out how to do anything that cool and complicated.


Luckily, my favorite Halloween candy is a simple shape that lends itself well to being sculpted out of cake!


This pound cake will stun people at any Halloween gathering when they cut it open to reveal a hidden candy corn shape in the middle!


Vanilla Pound Cake

1 Cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

2 Cups all purpose flour

1 Cup granulated sugar

4 Eggs

2 Teaspoons vanilla extract

½ Teaspoon salt


Chocolate Pound Cake

1 Cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

3 Cups all purpose flour

½ Teaspoon baking powder

½ Teaspoon salt

¾ Cup dutch processed cocoa powder

½ Cup vegetable shortening 2 Cups sugar

5 Eggs

1 Cup milk



Begin by making the vanilla pound cake.


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.


In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. This step is very important as it helps to keep the cake light and not dense.


Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in the vanilla extract and salt.


Beat in the flour with the mixer on a low speed.


Divide the batter into three equal portions. Set one aside. Using gel food coloring, dye one portion yellow and one portion orange.


Oil and flour a loaf pan. Lay the yellow batter on the bottom of the pan. Make sure the top of the layer is flat! Layer the orange on top of the yellow and the white on top of that.


Bake for 50 - 60 minutes. To make sure that the loaf is done, stick a toothpick in the center of the cake and if it comes out clean then the cake is done!


Let cool completely while you assemble the chocolate cake.


To make the chocolate cake, cream together the butter, sugar, and shortening in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. About 2 minutes.

Mix in the baking powder, salt and ⅓ of the flour. Once fully combined, mix in ½ cup of the milk. Alternate until the flour and milk are gone.


Oil and flour a loaf pan. Place ⅓ of the batter in the bottom of the loaf pan.


Now comes the fun part! Take the layered yellow, orange, and white cake and cut into a long triangle, the length of the cake.


Place the long triangle on top of the chocolate batter. Use the remaining batter to completely cover the triangle. The batter will come up to the very top of the loaf pan.


Bake for 60 - 75 minutes.


Let cool completely before slicing and revealing the hidden candy corn shape in the middle of the cake!



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