Leftover Halloween Candy Vanilla Bundt Cake

With all the leftover Halloween candy over here, it was time to do something with it, something different than just mindlessly eating piece by piece.  Unfortunately my biggest motivation for getting rid of the Halloween candy is because I want to buy the same candy but in red and green Christmas packaging.  It just never ends.

I saw this cake around the blogosphere and knew I had to try it.  Let me just say, it is the best darned dessert, I am shocked.  I was worried it would taste like a bunch of mushy candy but the flavors were very distinct and VERY GOOD.  Of course my kids thought I was a hero for chopping up candy and putting it in dessert, go figure.

The best part was discovering this terrific recipe for vanilla bundt cake, it’s delicious.  I mean really, delicious, light, tender and moist.  I can see using this cake as a vessel for many goodies from now on, I loved it.

So get your Halloween candy out, even the ones not liked very much will taste good in this cake.  I promise.

Here’s the candy I used:  Whoppers, chocolate-peanut butter eyeballs, M&M’s, Butterfinger, Snowcaps, Milk Duds, Nestle Crunch Bars, Milky Way, Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

I chopped up all the candy with the exception of the M&M’s and Snowcaps, I left those whole.  I used 1-3/4 cups chopped candy.  I also tossed my candy in all-purpose flour in the hopes it would help it not all sink to the bottom of the pan.  I think it worked and also helped separate pieces that were stuck together.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy; about 3 minutes.  Add the egg and egg whites and mix until fully combined.  Add the milk and vanilla extract, continue to mix until fully combined.

Add dry ingredients and mix until incorporated but do not overmix.  Fold in chopped candy.

 

Pour batter into a greased and floured bundt pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let the cake cool completely on a wire rack before removing from the pan.

Dust with powdered sugar if you choose.

I think it would be hilarious to start a new tradition at Thanksgiving of having one of the desserts be a Leftover Halloween Candy Cake.  I’m pretty sure it would be the first one to be eaten and completely disappear.

Leftover Halloween Candy Vanilla Bundt Cake
Adapted from
Stacey Snacks via Natalie’s Killer Cuisine

2 cups all purpose flour plus more for tossing in candy
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg, room temperature
2 egg whites, room temperature
3/4 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-3/4 cup Halloween candy, chopped
Powdered sugar, optional

Here’s the candy I used:  Whoppers, chocolate-peanut butter eyeballs, M&M’s, Butterfinger, Snowcaps, Milk Duds, Nestle Crunch Bars, Milky Way, Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

I chopped up all the candy with the exception of the M&M’s and Snowcaps, I left those whole.  I used 1-3/4 cups chopped candy.  I also tossed my candy in all-purpose flour in the hopes it would help it not all sink to the bottom of the pan.  I think it worked and also helped separate pieces that were stuck together.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy; about 3 minutes.  Add the egg and egg whites and mix until fully combined.  Add the milk and vanilla extract, continue to mix until fully combined.

Add dry ingredients and mix until incorporated but do not overmix.  Fold in chopped candy.

Pour batter into a greased and floured bundt pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let the cake cool completely on a wire rack before removing from the pan.

Dust with powdered sugar if you choose.

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55 Comments

  1. nina 1

    I think you can give Jenn the “leftover Queen” a serious run for her money with this one!!! Indulgent….is the right word for this cake!!!

  2. pam 2

    Darn. I bought crappy sweet tarts and skittles so that I wouldn’t be tempted by chocolate.

  3. Kendra 3

    This is brilliant! Looks easy and decadent I must give it a try.

  4. Barbie with a T 4

    I don’t have leftover Halloween candy, because I do not get trick or treaters out here in the wilderness, but that is a very unique idea to make a bundt cake with the leftovers! It looks yummy.

  5. Julia 5

    I would have loved to try this cafe, but I’ve already mindlessly eaten my leftovers. :(

  6. Amanda 6

    Ooooo I hadn’t seen this recipe around, looks fabulous, will have to try it!

  7. When I saw the title of this post I thought “OH YEAH!” I am so going to make this!

  8. imom 8

    Another fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Lauren 9

    No way! That is so cool =D. If only I had some candy (didn’t go trick-or-treating)…

  10. grace 10

    my goodness, what a soft-looking cake! so tender! i’m in awe! i can’t stop with the exclamation points! fabulous use for that candy, cathy. fabulous.

  11. dawn 11

    I have so much leftover candy I’m making this today.

  12. Katrina 12

    MMmm! Tempting!
    Have you seen http://www.foodlibrarian.blogspot.com
    Mary is posting 30 bundts in 30 days to celebrate National Bundt Cake Day Nov. 15. She would love this one. Let her know of your post and she might link you. She rocks makin’ so many big bundts! (BTW, Nov. 15 is my birthday, she’s really doing it all for me! ;) hehe

  13. Julie 14

    That’s very clever! I think my dtr would be angry if I put whoppers in her cake..she hates those. More for me!

  14. Too funny, and I’m sure very delicious! I might have to do a gluten-free variation of this just to see how it turns out. :-) And, I’m amazed that folks give out Sno-caps … I want to trick or treat at those houses!

    Shirley

  15. Cath,
    Glad I could finally give YOU a baking idea, I have made 2 of your desserts now in 2 weeks!
    I found the original recipe called for 1.5 cups of candy, and it was too much for our teeth.
    I cut it down to 1 cup of candy and it was plenty.
    I also felt that I would keep this vanilla cake recipe for other additions, it was that good.
    Thanks for posting back to me.
    Stacey

  16. Liz C. 17

    Mmmmrooowwwww! Unfortunately, we had so many trick or treaters that there was a line down the sidewalk. Guess I’ll have to make this next year.

  17. How cool! Our problem around here would be actually getting all the candy to actually make it into the batter before little fingers had filched pieces here and there!

  18. I do the same thing with chocolate-chip cookie dough. I call them “anything goes” cookies :) I bet the cake was so yummy!! :)

  19. What a great idea!! If only I hadn’t eaten all the candies, ’cause those were the yummy one! ;-)

  20. Lena in VT 21

    Going to chop up that dastardly candy right now, this way someone else will eat it besides me! Yeah.

  21. I need to do something similar with all the Whoopers we have. Snowcaps, my favorite and my kids didn’t get any stinking Snowcaps. :(

  22. Pam 23

    My kids have so much candy – this would be the perfect way to get rid of some of it. It looks really tasty Cathy.

  23. This looks fantastic! What a fun tradition you are starting. Each year’s Bundt will certainly be different! – mary

  24. dawn 26

    everyone in the pool cake! LOL I have no leftover halloween candy here–thank goodness.

  25. Looks fabulous! Am scrapping this recipe! Thanks! :)

  26. What a great idea! With the ampount of candy we have around here I could make dozens of those cakes!!

  27. It makes me sad that I don’t have any leftover candy. :)

  28. That is such an awesome idea! I have so much leftover candy, definitely will make this!

  29. Bob 31

    Love it! Makes me wish I had leftover candy. :D

  30. Steph 32

    Wow! This was a fun and creative idea. I know what you mean about wanting to get rid of the halloween stuff just so you can bring in the holiday stuff. I’m like that too. Too bad there is only so much fat I can take.

  31. Marjie 33

    I chopped up massive quantities of candy and folded the bits into brownies. I have never seen them disappear that fast – and brownies rarely make it until morning here! This is another wonderful idea.

  32. Alicia 34

    This look great! Unfortunately I had no Halloween candy left and my kids are too big to trick or treat. But it’s great Eye-Candy!

  33. Brilliant! I don’t have any candy since we live in the country and don’t get trick or treaters and the girls are too old to trick or treat so I can’t dig in anyone’s bag. However, I usually buy a bag or two of candy once Target puts it on clearance so this might urge me into town for treats!

  34. Mary 36

    I’ve sent this recipe on to my daughters. They’ll really appreciate it.

  35. Laura 37

    I am kinda sad (only kinda because I love the cake I just made :) ) that I just made a bundt cake bc how cool of an idea is this?!?! My kids never finish their candy. Next year I am trying this….

  36. Lisa Sipple 38

    Made this last night with the kids and it is so good. We used Kit Kats, Snickers, whoppers and Milky Way and Almond Joy. So awesome!

  37. Barbara 39

    Fun idea to get rid of your candy! I saw someplace online that someone dumped all their candy in a piecrust and baked it. Looked like a tummy ache to me! Yours has the saving grace of cake with the candy. (If I dare call that a saving grace)

  38. LilSis 40

    Very clever idea. I’ll have to try this soon before there is no Halloween candy left. I usually have pretty good luck with bundt cakes.

  39. A terrific idea for using up all the leftover candy. What kid of any age wouldn’t love this!

  40. You are completely brilliant! What an awesome way to get rid of all that candy before Christmas rolls around and brings on more! :D

  41. My family would go CRAZY for this one. Great idea!

  42. Tara 44

    I made this for dessert last night, it was a big hit, thanks for the recipe!

  43. For a person that loves candy and cake as much as I do, that sounds sooooooo right :)

  44. Mr. P 46

    That looks absolutely amazing. I love that it’ll be different every year!

    I’m deciding on my bundt for next Sunday myself. Won’t be a knockout like this though, I’m sure! :)

  45. Sarah 47

    This was just okay. The flavor was good but the entire cake got stuck in the pan and looked like a mess on the plate. Will not be making it again.

  46. Wow, I love this, simply genius, glad it worked out so well. I gave all my candy away – but might just have to try this with christmas candy.

  47. pamela 49

    What a fabulous idea and neat new tradition to start!

  48. A very interesting idea you have given me, is to put say, Malteasers into a cake and as it cooks the chocolate melts into the surrounding cake. But do you think the crispy core would burn?

  49. That is the best idea ever! Can’t wait to try it!

  50. wow, what a great idea! The texture looks amazing!

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