Celebrate Leap Day with a Candy-Covered Cake Worth Waiting Four Years For!

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We’re fans of holidays around here. So, you better believe that we’re stoked to celebrate another holiday this year — Leap Day on February 29!

Make this extra day more special with the most extra dessert you’ve ever seen — a creative, candy covered concoction that tastes as magical as it looks (plus, it uses a super-simple boxed cake mix).

This recipe comes from the perfectly named website, for February that is, Lovely Indeed. You’re sure to agree it’s totally worth waiting four years for!


  • White boxed cake mix (plus any additional ingredients required, e.g. eggs, sugar)
  • White frosting
  • Neon food coloring
  • A selection of pretty candies


  1. Mix your cake according to the instructions.
  2. Make 5 layers of cake using a 6-inch round cake pan.
  3. Bake your cakes according to the instructions on the box.
  4. After all cakes are cooled, carefully level off the top of each cake using a serrated knife. Hold the knife horizontal to the ground and carefully saw across the top, being sure the knife is level. The goal is to remove the domed section on the top of each layer.
  5. If you wish, color the frosting you’ll use in between each layer. Put a few tablespoons of frosting into small mixing bowls and color with food coloring as desired. For example:
    ○ Dark green = 3 drops neon blue, 1 drop neon green
    ○ Light blue = 1 drop neon blue
    ○ Light green = 1 drop neon green
    ○ Lilac = 1 drop neon pink, 1 drop neon purple
  6. Place a dollop of frosting on the center of the cake stand and place the first layer down on it.
  7. Spread one color of frosting in a thin, even layer over your first layer of cake.
  8. Repeat Steps 6 and 7 until you have reached the top layer of your cake.
  9. Add a crumb coat to your cake. This simply means to ice it with a very thin layer of frosting so that all of the crumbs are contained. Once you’ve got a smooth crumb coat, place the cake in the fridge for an hour.
  10. Remove from the fridge and add a thicker layer of white frosting, smoothing it as best you can.
  11. Start decorating! Place larger candies first, scattering them to your liking. If you’re adding large candies to the sides of the cake, be sure they’re not so heavy that they fall off.
  12. Continue in the same manner, placing smaller candies in between larger ones to cover the whole surface of the cake.

Leap Day only arrives once every four years, but this Leap Day Cake is so delectably delightful you might just make it every year!