Bite size just got a whole lot bigger and better! For most of us, these ingredients are routinely found in our kitchen pantry which will make this a low cost, quick, and easy recipe. The frosting is a basic one, very delicious with the orange taste in the bars. I have used ready-made frosting, cream cheese probably being one of my favorites; however I prefer to make this frosting recipe.
This is a great bar to make for your child’s class Halloween party, fall gatherings with friends and neighbors, or how about as a special treat for your own family? One thing I know for sure, if you have friends that love Candy Corn, they will love Orange Candy Corn Bars!
¾ cup butter or margarine, melted, then slightly cooled
1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon grated orange peel (or) 1 tablespoon of pure orange extract
1 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 drops yellow food color
3 drops red food color
½ cup butter, softened (please, do not use margarine)
1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
32 pieces of candy corn
Heat oven to 325°F
Line bottom and sides of 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil, extending the foil 2 inches more on 2 of the opposite sides of your pan; spray the foil with cooking spray. (Note* If you use non-stick aluminum foil, do not spray with cooking spray.)
In a medium bowl, beat the melted 3/4 cup butter, granulated sugar and orange peel with a wooden spoon until blended.
Beat in eggs, one at a time.
Stir in flour and baking powder just until mixed.
Stir in yellow food color until well mixed.
Spread 1 1/2 cups yellow batter in pan.
Place pan in freezer about 15 minutes or until batter is slightly firm to the touch.
While your yellow batter is chilling, add red food color to remaining yellow cake batter in your bowl and mix well.
Remove the yellow batter from freezer and spread the orange batter over your chilled yellow batter.
Bake 47 to 53 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Cool completely, about 45 minutes.
For your frosting:
In a medium bowl, beat 1/2 cup of softened butter with your electric mixer on medium speed. Beat until light and fluffy.
Beat in powdered sugar until well blended.
Beat in milk, vanilla and salt until smooth and spreadable.
Spread the frosting over your bars.
Remove bars from pan, (use the foil to lift out). Remove foil. Cut your bars into 4 rows. Turn the pan and cut into 4 more rows giving you 16 squares. Now cut each square diagonally in half, giving you 32 bars. Top your frosted triangle bars with one candy corn.