Halloween Pumpkin cake Recipe

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This Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin cake is a fun and easy way to get the kids in the spirit of Halloween. They love the little spiders crawling on the pumpkin face.
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  • CAKE:
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 5/8 cups flour
  • 3/8 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter - softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • Food coloring (yellow,red, green)
Container:Two 8-inch round cake pans
45 mins
30 mins
1.25 hrs
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and grease and flour bottom and sides of cake pans.
  • In a mixing bowl, cream butter until light and fluffy. Add sugar and mix. Gradually add eggs and vanilla; mix well.
  • Combine dry ingredients together; then add alternating with the milk. Mix until just well blended together.
  • Pour batter into prepared cake pans. Divide evenly.
  • Bake for approximately 30 minutes, until golden brown on the top and center is firm. Or the cake is done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. If the center seems fairly firm but the toothpick comes out just a little moist, remove the cakes from the oven. If you over bake them the cakes will be dry.
  • Allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes in the pan and then turn them out onto a cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before starting to decorate.
Note: 3 cups of cake flour can be substituted for the 2 5/8 cups of all-purpose flour and 3/8 cup of cornstarch if preferred.


  • Combine powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, and a small amount of milk in mixing bowl, beat on low speed.
  • Gradually add a little milk to obtain the consistency that you are looking for. Be sure the frosting is firm enough to hold its shape.
  • Once you have reached the desired consistency take out about 1 or 2 tbsp. of frosting and set aside to color later for the stem.
  • Add yellow food coloring and a little red coloring to the remaining frosting to create the orange frosting. Keep adding until you have reached the desired color.
  • Place the first layer of cake on a plate and cover the top with a layer of frosting; then place the second layer on top.
  • Spread and even layer of frosting on the top and sides of the cake. Smooth the tops and sides as much as possible.
  • Cut black licorice pieces to make the eyes and mouth of the pumpkin face. Add spider rings to the cake.
  • Color the reserved frosting green and spread on cake to resemble a stem.
  • The cake is ready to serve. If not serving immediately, cover and place in the refrigerator.
Note : Store bought frosting could be used or any of your favorite homemade frostings recipes could be used as long as it is firm enough.
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"I made this cake and tried to decorate as close as possible to the picture on the recipe. My grandkids really got a kick out of it. It was a lot of fun. I think I baked my cake a little too long because it was a little dry but tasted good. Next time I will bake it for a little less time."
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