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How to Make a Pumpkin Cake for Halloween

Updated on August 30, 2010

A pumpkin cake can spice up your table for a Halloween party or simply serve as an after-dinner treat for your family. Making a pumpkin cake is a great way to celebrate the holiday and can also be a great activity to do with your kids. Here is one recipe for a pumpkin cake. 


2 packages cake mix (flavor of your choice)

2 cans white frosting (can use traditional white or cream cheese-flavored frosting)

Red, yellow, and green food coloring

To Make:

1. Prepare the 2 packages of cake mix according to the directions on the package.

2. Fill one of the cupcake wells 2/3 full with some of the cake batter.

3. Pour the rest of the cake batter equally into two bundt pans (if you only have one bundt pan, you can pour half the batter into it, bake, removed the cake, and then pour the remaining batter into the bundt pan and bake).

4. Bake the cakes according to the directions on the package. (Keep in mind that the cupcake will be finished baking much sooner than the cakes.)

5. Once the cakes are finished baking, allow them to cool completely.

6. While the cakes are baking, set aside ½ cup of the frosting and use orange food coloring to color the rest of the frosting. Use drops of red and yellow food coloring until the frosting is the shade of orange you want it to be. If your frosting is too light an orange, add red food coloring. If it is too dark, add yellow.

7. Then, add green food coloring to the ½ cup of frosting you have set aside (this will color the stem of the pumpkin cake).

8. Once the cakes have cooled, remove them from the pans and place the flat sides of the cakes together to make a pumpkin shape.

9. Frost the entire outside with the orange frosting. Allowing the ridges in the bundt cake’s shape to show in the frosting will make the cake look more like a pumpkin.

10. Finally, insert the cupcake upside-down into the hole in the top of the bundt cake to serve as the stem. Then frost this piece in the green icing.   

If you would like a jack-o-lantern cake, you can also use black food coloring to color some extra frosting and then use it to draw the face on the pumpkin (if you want to be really snazzy, use a knife to “carve” the face in the cake, then fill with black frosting). Alternatively, you can also use candy.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Very interesting cake and it sounds good.