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Candy Land Cake

My friend asked me to make her son's 5th birthday cake, and when I asked her what he wanted on it, she said, "Oh, just put on gobs and gobs of candy." Instead of piling on candy haphazardly, I thought it should look like the Candy Land board game. The birthday boy, his friends and family members loved it! —Pen Perez, Berkeley, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 2 hours Bake: 30 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    30-40 servings


  • 2 packages cake mix of your choice (regular size)
  • Vanilla and chocolate frosting
  • Green mist food color spray, optional
  • Assorted decorations: Starburst candies, green coarse sugar, Dots, miniature peanut butter cups, chocolate bar, chocolate kisses, chocolate jimmies, pearlized diamond sprinkles, large and small gumdrops, Dum Dum Pops, miniature candy canes, blue rock candy, cake and waffle ice cream cones, multicolored sprinkles, green colored sugar, miniature marshmallows, round peppermints, conversation hearts, and chocolate covered sunflower seeds


  • Line two 13x9-in. baking pans with waxed paper and grease the paper. Prepare cake batter; pour into prepared pans. Bake according to package directions. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely; remove waxed paper.
  • Level tops of cakes; place side by side on a covered board. Frost top and sides of cake with vanilla frosting; mist with food color spray if desired.
  • With Candy Land game board as your guide, form a path using Starburst candies. With the chocolate bar and chocolate kisses, make an arrow; pipe "Start" on the arrow with vanilla frosting.
  • For forests, add peanut butter cups topped with piped chocolate frosting, chocolate jimmies, gumdrops, Dum Dum Pops, candy canes and rock candy.
  • For castle, pipe vanilla frosting into ice cream cones. Garnish with Dots and sprinkles.
  • Between the pathways, add green colored sugar, sprinkles, miniature marshmallows, peppermints and conversation hearts. Pipe additional frosting to fill in spaces; top with sprinkles.
  • Pipe vanilla frosting around base of cake; place peppermints around top edge of cake.
Editor's Note: This cake is best eaten the day it's prepared. Do not refrigerate.
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  • Queenlalisa
    Jan 9, 2019

    I made this beautiful cake for my daughter’s 7th birthday! A friend told me it was the prettiest cake they’d ever seen. The kids loved it! I put my own imaginative spin on it which made it so fun. Thanks for the idea TOH!

  • Taylor
    Mar 28, 2018

    This is such a cute idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • saralyn_06
    May 1, 2013

    Made this for my daughter's 11th bday(she looooves candy). She couldn't wait to eat it. Had tons of compliments!

  • girly13
    Apr 25, 2012

    I made this for my brother and they loved it

  • s_pants
    Feb 1, 2012

    This cake looks amazing! It is so fun to put together. I made it for my son's 6th birthday. I couldn't find blue rock candy, so I used clear at the top with the ice cream cones and instead of rocky candy with the candy canes, I used snow flake sprinkles, white sparkling sugar and finely crushed candy canes. I also used Sno-Caps above the "start" arrow interspersed with birthday candles.

  • ace_4
    Nov 17, 2011

    Making this cake for a Bake off competition at work to raise money for Christmas for kids. What a perfect looking forward to showing it off and raising money from it.

  • aeberly
    Jul 19, 2011

    love it

  • JessBella6
    Aug 27, 2010

    This was easier to make than I anticipated, and the Birthday boy still says that this was his favorite cake ever!

  • breezechic
    Apr 12, 2010

    It's hard to decide which piece to take- You'll get sugar shock from all of it! HUGE hit. :)Thanks for the awesome idea!

  • krystaljoy
    Feb 1, 2010

    fun and easy to do, a huge hit with the kids. the more candy the better