Jack-O'-Lantern Cake

Halloween Cake Recipe
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1 Review
Moist, pumpkin-flavored, bake-in-a-bowl makes an easy Halloween dessert that little and big "kids" will love.
25 min
Prep Time
2:25
Total Time
10 servings

Ingredients

Cake

2 (15.25- to 16.5-ounce) packages
yellow or spice cake mix
1 teaspoon
ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon
ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon
ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon
ground nutmeg
2 cups
buttermilk*
2 cups
mashed cooked pumpkin**
4
large Land O Lakes® Eggs

Frosting

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

Decoration

Black licorice twists
Decorator candies, if desired
2 tablespoons
semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
1 large
marshmallow
 
*Substitute 2 tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar and enough milk to equal 2 cups. Let stand 5 minutes.
**Substitute canned pumpkin.

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour 2 (2 1/2-quart) ovenproof deep bowls; set aside.
  2. Combine all cake ingredients in another bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.
  3. Divide batter evenly among prepared bowls. Bake 65-75 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes; invert cakes onto serving plates. Cool completely.
  4. 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.
  5. Cut narrow slice from bottom-side of 1 cake, using serrated knife. Place onto serving platter, cut-side down. Spread 1/2 cup tinted frosting over top of cake; place second cake over frosted layer, wide-side down.
  6. Frost cake with tinted frosting. Cut licorice twists into 9 (1-inch) pieces; arrange on side of cake for eyes and nose. Cut 2 licorice twists to form mouth. Decorate with candies, if desired.
  7. Add melted chocolate chips to reserved frosting. Place marshmallow on top of cake to form stem. Frost marshmallow with chocolate frosting.

Recipe Tips

Nutrition Facts (1 serving)

Calories
700
Cholesterol
95mg
Carbohydrates
125g
Protein
9g
Fat
19g
Sodium
700mg
Dietary Fiber
4g

Recipe Comments and Reviews

Rating

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!

Rating

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

Test Kitchen Comment
From: Cindy
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

Rating

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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