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Candy Land Cake Recipe

Candy Land Cake Recipe

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 YIELD: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, red Fruit Roll-Up, red coarse sugar, Dots, regular and miniature peanut butter cups, chocolate jimmies, large and small gumdrops, Dum Dum Pops, miniature candy canes, clear and blue rock candy, cake and waffle ice cream cones, multicolored sprinkles, green colored sugar, miniature marshmallows, round peppermints and conversation hearts


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. With Candy Land game board as your guide, form a path using Starburst candies. With vanilla frosting, pipe "Happy Birthday" on candies. With chocolate frosting, make an arrow; pipe "Start" on the arrow with vanilla frosting.
  • 4. For the Mountain/Gumdrop pass, use a red Fruit Roll-Up, red coarse sugar and Dots.
  • 5. For forests, add peanut butter cups topped with piped chocolate frosting, chocolate jimmies, gumdrops, Dum Dum Pops, candy canes and rock candy.
  • 6. For castle, pipe vanilla frosting into ice cream cones. Garnish with Dots and sprinkles.
  • 7. Between the pathways, add green colored sugar, sprinkles, miniature marshmallows, peppermints and conversation hearts. Pipe additional frosting to fill in spaces; top with sprinkles.
  • 8. Pipe vanilla frosting around base of cake; place peppermints around top edge of cake. Yield: 30-40 servings.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: This cake is best eaten the day it's prepared. Do not refrigerate.

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saralyn_06 User ID: 993350 169630
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6663086 209470
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2012

"I made this for my brother and they loved it"

s_pants User ID: 174050 169629
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6351860 110439
Reviewed 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 User ID: 6107825 137710
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2011

"love it"

JessBella6 User ID: 5295511 137706
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3830705 80683
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4390151 102110
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

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

mkuhl User ID: 3184001 80682
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2009

"I made this for a Candyland themed combination party for my son and daughter age 3 and 7. I used colored sugar instead of food color spray and Hershey's Kisses instead of peanut butter cups due to a peanut allergy. It was a huge hit and so fun to make. Thanks for the great idea!"

meladolph User ID: 2860141 110434
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2009

"I made this cake for my daughter's 5 birthday. I did home-made cake and frosting. It turned out wonderful! The only thing I did different was instead of using food color spray, I used colored sugar and sprinkled it all over the bare parts and it made it taste much better too! Had a hard time finding candy canes in summer time so I did without."

facetious User ID: 3167025 156932
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2009

"This is a really fun cake. The kids love to decorate it, and you get rid of candy from past holidays fast! I made two cakes last year for all 8 of the cousins arriving. They were divided into two groups to decorate, and we had a contest for best cake. Thanks!"

Matt_and_Pipers_Mom User ID: 1022608 155216
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2009

"Hi! It's in the Aug/Sep 2007 issue. There is a picture of the original version as well. I like them both, and will incorporate my own ideas into the one I will make for my son's 5th birthday in April! I think it will be really fun and not too stressful, such as last year's double layer cake I made shaped like Mickey Mouse head with all his featues plus a hat! It came out cute but I thought I would have to stab myself with the frosting knife before I was done. This at least is a sheet cake to build on top of. I'm going to start collecting (and eating!) various, interesting and pretty candies now."

CharlotteSam User ID: 1547306 169604
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2009

"Can any one tell me what issue of Taste of home this recipe was in, I would like to see the picture in the magazine and I can't figure out what edition it was in. Thanks"

lizbek482 User ID: 3168605 174715
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2008

"I have made this cake twice and my 6 yo daughter loves to show it off!"

jessica007 User ID: 3029171 170852
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2008

"This is a wonderful recipies for my kids."

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