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Harvest Corn Cakes

Sweet corn takes on a whole new meaning with this recipe. The corncobs look delightfully like the real thing—except they're made of cake, frosting and peanut butter candies! These treats really brighten up the Thanksgiving table, and they're so easy to make. Children can help with this project, too. They'll have fun putting the "kernels" on—and eating a few as well! —Mary Detweiler, Middlefield, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1 package (9 ounces) yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • 2 packages (16 ounces each) Reese's pieces
  • Dried corn husks


  • Prepare cake batter according to package directions; add nuts. Grease and flour a 9-in. round baking pan; add batter and bake as directed. Cool for 10 minutes.
  • Remove cake from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Freeze the cake for easier cutting. Cut the cake into ears of corn using the diagram found here. Set aside the remaining cake for another use.
  • Place cakes on a cutting board or serving platter. Frost tops and sides with 1-1/2 cups frosting. Decorate tops, sides and bottom ends of each ear with Reese's pieces. Cut corn husks into 8- to 12-in. lengths. Attach to cakes using additional frosting. Gently pull the husks together in the middle and tie with twine.
Editor's Note: Don't have Reese's Pieces candies on hand? Try decorating the cakes with M&M's or candy corn instead. To make individual treats for guests, simply form "mini" corncobs by cutting smaller pieces of cake and paper twist.
Finished size: Not including paper twist pieces, the middle cake shown in the photo measures about 8 inches long x 3 inches wide, and each side cake measures about 6 inches long x 2-1/2 inches wide.
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  • Ms Bez
    Nov 14, 2014

    Can't wait to try this with my granddaughter....might try Twinkies instead of cake.

  • squgies
    Sep 24, 2014

    Awesome !!! My granddaughter and I had some fun putting this together...

  • smharrison
    Aug 3, 2014

    Didn't see the diagram for cutting the cake into corncobs.Please post this diagram. Thanks!

  • georgie-girl
    Aug 5, 2009

    love this idea!! can't wait to try it!! thanks!!!