Some Halloween cakes are so troublesome to make. You have to cut the cake into strange shapes, frost it, use other foods to make tombstones and more. It’s crazy! This year, take it easy on yourself. Choose a cake that can be made quickly, has a Halloween theme and, of course, tastes delicious. A pumpkin or jack-o-lantern cake will certainly fit the bill!
Choose the flavor of cake you want – whether boxed or made from scratch. Some good choices include spice or chocolate cake. You’ll need a bundt pan to make two separate cakes. You’ll have to make them separately if you only have one bundt pan, but if you have two, bake them at the same time, if possible. Spray the pans with non-stick cooking spray then bake according to package or recipe directions.
After the cakes are completely cool turn the first one out onto a cake plate or tray. Don’t set the cake as you normally would; turn it upside-down instead. Choose what’s easiest for you: either frost the top of the bundt cake while it’s still in the pan, then turn it out onto the tray with the frosting side down, or turn the cake out and set it right side-up. Frost the top third, then turn the cake over and onto the plate.
Frost the flat top of the cake with orange frosting. You can make the frosting yourself or use canned frosting. If you use the canned type, though, you’ll need three different colors. Making the frosting yourself allows you to make one big batch then tint it three different colors.
Turn the second bundt cake onto the first one and set it right side-up. Take a flat-bottom ice cream cone and turn it upside-down onto the center of the cake. Cut around it with a knife and remove a chunk that’s a couple inches deep. Now frost the entire cake. Frost around the hole you cut out but don’t worry about putting frosting all the way down inside the hole. Try to make the frosting a little thicker where the indentations are around the cakes; this takes away a little from the bundt cake look and lends towards the look of the pumpkin.
Spread green frosting all over the ice cream cone cup and place it in the freezer. By freezing it you’ll be able to easily pick it up and place it on the cake without smearing the frosting. After it’s frozen set it, upside-down, in the middle of the cake to make the pumpkin stem.
If you want to make the pumpkin into a jack-o-lantern one option is to just use fudge frosting to make the facial features. The fudge frosting is much darker than ordinary chocolate frosting. Add black paste food coloring to create the face if you’re making your own frosting. Add the face and you’re finished with the pumpkin cake. It might not be spooky and eerie but it’s perfect for those who prefer their Halloween foods to be a little less repulsive!