Kwanzaa Celebration Cake

  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Total: 15 min
  • Prep: 15 min


1 (10 to 12-ounce) purchased angel food cake

1 container (16 ounce) vanilla frosting

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 (21-ounce) container apple filling or topping

1 (1.7-ounce) package corn nuts

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted

1/2 cup popped popcorn

Special Equipment:

Kwanzaa candles


  1. Using a serrated knife, cut cake horizontally into 2 layers. Place bottom cake layer, cut side up, on a serving platter. Mix frosting, cocoa powder, vanilla, and cinnamon in large bowl until combined. Spread about 1/4 of the frosting over top of cake layer on platter. Top with second cake layer, cut side down. Spread remaining frosting evenly over top and sides of cake to coat completely. Spoon apple pie filling into hole in center of cake. Place candles atop cake. Sprinkle top of cake with some corn nuts, pumpkin seeds, and popcorn. Sprinkle remaining corn nuts and pumpkin seeds around base of cake.
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6 Reviews


What the Heck?! Corn nuts on a cake? Can we please watch "Sandra Lee" eat this cake? Why did she think that corn was needed for this cake? 

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