Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween Pumpkin Cake!

Today is Halloween, so I wanted to make a special treat for my kids.  I usually make cookies or rice krispie treats on Halloween.  But, lately I have been in the mood for pumpkin pie.  Only one problem, my kids don't like pumpkin pie or pie of any kind in my son's case.  So, I decided to make a pumpkin cake instead.  Everyone likes cake.  And this cake not only tastes like pumpkin, it's shaped like a pumpkin!  It is so cute.  I had to share it with you.


1 box yellow cake mix
1 can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
3 eggs
1 ice cream cone
1/2 cup powdered sugar
milk (you only need a Tablespoon or two)
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)
red and yellow food coloring
green sugar (if you don't have it, make it:  just put a little sugar in a small zip bag and add 1 or 2 drops green food coloring.  Close bag and mix well with your hands until all the sugar is green)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a bundt pan well with cooking spray.  In a large bowl mix pumpkin and eggs with a whisk until well blended.  Add in cake mix.  Stir well until thoroughly mixed.  Pour into bundt pan.  Bake for 45 minutes.  (Just 3 ingredients!)  Meanwhile, make glaze:  Mix powdered sugar with milk (start with 1 tablespoon) and whisk until smooth.  If too thick, add a little more milk.  If too thin, add a little more powdered sugar.  When done with glaze, dip ice cream cone into the glaze and set on a plate upside down.  Sprinkle green sugar all over the ice cream cone.  Let dry.  Add 3 drops red and 5 drops yellow food coloring to the remaining glaze and mix well.  Add pumpkin pie spice.  Mix well.  When cake is done let sit in pan for 5 minutes.  Then invert onto a rack (put rack on top of a cookie sheet with edges).  Let it cool for about half an hour.  Then pour orange glaze all over the cake (the cookie sheet will catch any glaze that drips down).  If you want, you can sprinkle orange sugar over top of cake.  Let dry, then put onto a serving plate and place the green cone in the middle for a stem.

This cake is great for Halloween or Thanksgiving.  It's fun for a bake sale or a Harvest Festival, or even a gift for a neighbor.  Happy Fall Y'all!

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