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Pumpkin Halloween Cake

Halloween Pumpkin Cake

Easy pumpkin cake to make.  All you need is 2 bundt pans for the pumpkin shape.  Two half-size bundt pans are used in the recipe.  Double the recipe if using 2 regular sized-bundt pans.  You will need 4 mini muffins (actually 3 for the cake – extra one just in case).

No carving involved.  All you have to do is bake 2 separate cakes one for the top of the pumpkin & the other for the bottom of the pumpkin.  Fill in between the 2 layers with a buttercream frosting when it cools.  A mini muffin goes inside each bundt cake & the 3rd one goes on top as the stem.

Just frost the cake generously on the outside with the orange icing at first….then all you have to do is use a spatula to spread the frosting in an upward motion to create the pumpkin pattern.  Of course, use black buttercream frosting to create the eyes, nose & mouth.  Green buttercream frosting for the pumpkin stem.

If you love using fondant, check out the simple fondant tutorial video using black, green & orange fondant.  Bake the same pumpkin recipe instead of having to carve out the pumpkin as directed in the video.



Photo Credit: MomLovesBaking  



Photo Credit: MomLovesBaking

Halloween Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Cake Ingredients

  • 1 yellow cake mix (Recommend Pillsbury)
  • 1 (15 oz/425 g) can pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup (60 ML) vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 mini muffin pan
  • 2 half-size bundt pans

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (113 g) vegetable shortening (such as Crisco)
  • 1/2 cup (113 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (use clear vanilla for pure white frosting)
  • 4 cups (512 g) powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk (or more for thinner consistency)
  • Orange, green and black food coloring (I used Wilton brand)
  • 2 plastic disposable pastry bags (I used Wilton brand)
  • 2 couplers (a frosting device which allows you to change decorating tips without changing the bag)
  • 2 (#5) tips and a #352 tip

Cake Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease two half size bundt pans and one mini muffin pan. Set aside.
  2. In large bowl, place all cake ingredients.
  3. With an electric mixer on low, beat until ingredients are combined.
  4. Turn speed up to medium and beat for 1 1/2 minutes.
  5. Spoon about 2 tablespoons batter into each of 4 mini muffin cups.
  6. Pour the rest of the batter in equal amounts into prepared bundt pans.
  7. Bake mini muffins for 20 minutes.
  8. Continue baking cakes for 15-25 minutes (or total of 35-45 minutes) or until a toothpick inserted into middle of cake comes out clean.
  9. Let cakes cool completely.

Frosting Instructions

  1. Place shortening in large bowl and beat with an electric mixer on medium high for two minutes.
  2. Add the butter and beat until combined.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, gradually add half the sugar.
  4. Add the milk and vanilla. Beat on low for a few seconds. Keep mixer on low and add the remaining sugar.
  5. Turn the mixer up to medium high and beat for 2 minutes. Add more milk if it’s too thick.

Frosting & Decorating Cake Instructions

  1. Put 1/4 cup of frosting in a separate bowl for the green and 1/4 cup in another bowl for the black.

  2. Keep the remaining frosting white for the time being.

  3. Place the first cake (rounded side down) on a cake board.

  4. Place a mini muffin in the middle.

  5. Frost the top of the cake.

  6. Place the second cake on top (rounded side facing up).

  7. Place another muffin in the middle.

  8. Frost the center only with white. Color the remaining frosting orange.

  9. Frost the whole cake with the orange frosting. A small offset spatula works great for spreading (I used Wilton Brand).

  10. Frost a mini cupcake with green frosting. Place on top of cake. (The fourth mini muffin is extra.)

  11. Create vines in green with the #5 tip and leaves with the #352 tip.

  12. Draw the face in black with a #5 tip.

  13. Store cake in the refrigerator.

Special Thanks To MomLovesBaking For Recipe Posting & Image Screenshot.

Watch Timidekor Cake Decorating make this spooky Halloween cake with fondant!

Special Thanks To Timidekor Cake Decorating For Video.

Halloween pumpkin cake, 2013 Halloween 07
Halloween pumpkin cake, 2013 Halloween 07—Scott McLeod (




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