Halloween Cake Recipe

Jack-O'-Lantern Cake

Moist, pumpkin-flavored, bake-in-a-bowl; an easy Halloween dessert that little and big "kids" will love.

25 min.prep time 2:25total time
10 servings
151 Rating



1 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) package yellow or spice cake mix
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup buttermilk*
1 cup mashed cooked pumpkin**


1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/3 cup mashed cooked pumpkin**
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 drops red food color, if desired
2 drops green food color, if desired


1 (6-inch) black licorice twist
1 large marshmallow


Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 2 1/2-quart ovenproof deep bowl; set aside.

Combine all cake ingredients in bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.

Pour batter into prepared bowl. Bake 60-75 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes; remove from bowl; invert. Cool completely.

Combine butter and 1/3 cup pumpkin in bowl. Beat at medium speed until well mixed. Gradually add half of powdered sugar; continue beating, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Add remaining powdered sugar, milk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Reserve 1/4 cup frosting. Stir in red food color to remaining frosting, if desired.

Frost cooled cake with red tinted frosting. Cut licorice twist into 4 long strips; cut 9 (1-inch) pieces and arrange on side of cake in triangle shapes for eyes and nose. Place 1 long strip on cake in curved fashion to form mouth.

Add green food color to reserved frosting, if desired. Place marshmallow on top of cake to form stem. Frost marshmallow with green tinted frosting.

*Substitute 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice and enough milk to equal 1 cup. Let stand 5 minutes.

**Substitute canned pumpkin.

Recipe Tip

- Use leftover green frosting to pipe vines coming from the stem.

- A large green gumdrop can be used in place of the frosting covered marshmallow.

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories: 480

Fat: 13g

Cholesterol: 60mg

Sodium: 430mg

Carbohydrates: 86g

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Protein: 5g

Recipe #12032©1995Land O'Lakes, Inc.

Recipe Comments & Reviews

Which isa better flavor, yellow cake mix or spice cake mix? I don't want it to be too over powering.
Test Kitchen Comment


We tried both flavors of cake mix. Generally yellow cake is a real favorite and most people liked it. Spice cake mix is a Fall flavor of cake mix and so is appropriate for this recipe. it may not be as available as the yellow cake mix. Check your supermarket. Happy Holidays!
Posted October 29, 2012
Wonderful cake with a lovely fall flavor and very easy recipe. Made this for my mother in-law for her October birthday, and was a big hit. Thank you.

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