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Jack-O'-Lantern Cake
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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 canned pumpkin

4 large Land O Lakes® Eggs


1/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

1/3 cup canned pumpkin

4 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 drops red food color, if desired


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.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Heat oven to 350ºF. Grease and flour 2 (2 1/2-quart) ovenproof deep bowls; set aside.

  2. STEP 2

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

  3. STEP 3

    Divide batter evenly between 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. STEP 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. STEP 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. STEP 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. STEP 7

    Add melted chocolate chips to reserved frosting. Place marshmallow on top of cake to form stem. Frost marshmallow with chocolate frosting.

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