Happy Halloween! I’ve been saving this Friday Favorite because candy corn is technically a generic fall candy…so they can stay with us tomorrow when it’s November. Last time I made this, I did a larger size and hung it on my mantel. I think that’s a great idea; but at the time, my mantel was ugly, and my photo was blurry––a dream team for disaster. I’ll be revealing my mantel makeover soon, but today let’s talk about cake and candy corn and paper.
I’ve never actually made a pennant banner for a cake. I’ve seen them and liked them, but I never think about implementing them in my life. The whole project took me about five minutes start to finish, and I had all the supplies handy. You probably do, too. Now baking a pumpkin bundt cake––that wasn’t so easy. I had one huge fail stemming from a Martha Stewart recipe; and I’m starting to think she’s got it out for me in the kitchen. This one started with with an overflowing cake pan, which resulted in puddles of cake batter burning on the bottom of my oven. The fiasco ended with a cake on my countertop that was rock solid on the outside with with hot lava flowing on the inside. Not my best baking moment. I should really stick to paper crafts.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- White card stock
- Orange paper
- Yellow paper
- Baker’s twine (or other string)
- Glue stick
- 2 paper straws
Start by making a triangle template on the white card stock (left). Make it a bit taller than you think you’ll want, since you’ll be folding part of it over the twine. Mine is about 1.5″ tall. Cut out your template; and use it to trace several more white triangles. My banner has five total, but make some extras so you can choose the cutest of the bunch. After you have the white triangles, snip off the two bottom corners (middle). After you’ve trimmed the corners, fold the trimmed section toward the point of the triangle (right). This fold is what holds onto the twine; so you’ll want it to be about 1/4″ wide.
Next, take your orange paper and cut it in small strips (left). Tear the bottom off of the strip, so the layers of the candy corn aren’t exactly, perfectly straight (middle). Glue that to the middle of the folded triangle, leaving a bit of white showing at the tip of the candy corn (right).
Repeat the steps with the yellow paper, gluing it above the orange. Now trim all the excess yellow and orange paper so the edges are flush with the white card stock base.
After you have all your candy corn ready to go, cut off a length of baker’s twine. Turn all the triangles upside down, and hook the folded flap over the twine. Position the triangles as you like, and use a small piece of tape to hold the flap down. Repeat until you’ve strung all the candy corn on the twine.
Tie the twine to the straws, and you’re done! Now go find a cake to decorate with your new candy corn pennant banner. If you have an extra 10 minutes, whip up some cinnamon buttercream frosting to top it off. Or better yet––go buy yourself a cake so you can display your new banner and keep your kitchen free of hot lava pumpkin cake.