I’ve never been one to go too crazy for Halloween, but this year I thought it would be fun to share some of my ideas for Halloween. I first made this pumpkin after seeing a similar idea in a Martha Stewart magazine from like 10 years ago.. I always thought it was so cute, and wanted to make it myself. The first time I made it was for Byron when we were dating. He invited me over to his house for Halloween, and I thought bringing this cake would be a fun crowd pleaser for all his roommates and other friends at the time. It’s a SUPER simple Pumpkin shaped cake that anyone can pull off with minimal effort and maximum recognition. Your friends and family will love this!
Start off by mixing 2-3 boxes of your favorite cake mix (you can also make from scratch if you have time). Staying in the festive mood I chose a simple spice cake that can be seasoned even more with one teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Pour the mixture into two bundt cake pans. You need two, one for top and one for the bottom of the pumpkin. Of course if you only have one pan just bake one at a time.
I always use oil, or a baking spray, to prevent the cake from sticking to the pan.
While the cake bakes, according to the instructions for the cake mix you bought, go ahead and make orange frosting using white frosting with red and yellow food coloring.
Add a few drops of yellow…
…and a few drops of red.
Always start with less food coloring, and add more as you go to get that perfect orange color.
Once the cakes are ready, remove them from the oven and let them cool for at least an hour. After the cakes are room temp, use a butter knife to make sure the sides are not stuck to the pan and gently flip them over to release the cake from the bundt pan.
You’ll want to gently cut the tops of the cakes off to form a flat surface. Tip: Use a long bread knife to easily slice through the cake.
Start by frosting the first layer, sliced side up.
Gently place the second layer of cake on top of the first, sliced side down. The cake will start to look like a pumpkin!
Frost the cake with the same orange colored frosting.
Tip: Use a metal icing spatula to to apply the frosting. This is will give you the smoothest coating and makes this super simple to do!
You can add some green icing to make leaves and vines…plant a snicker bar on top for the stem…
..and your Pumpkin cake is ready to go! Couldn’t be easier.
Here’s a throwback picture of the first time I made this cake!! haha Since I was a fairy that year my pumpkin cake just HAD to have sprinkles.. =) haha