Friday, October 14, 2011

Jack 'O Lantern Cake

This cake is so fun and sure to light up any party.  It looks like you went to a lot of work, but it is fairly simple.  If I can do it, you can too!  Trust me.

Jack 'O Lantern Cake
Serves: 24

You can use this recipe below for the cake & frosting or you can make it really simple  and just use two cake mixes of any flavor you choose and two or three containers of store bought frosting.

5 1/2 cups flour
4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cups milk, at room temperature
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin 
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 1/4 cups sugar
6 large eggs, at room temperature

2 packages (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
9 cups powdered sugar

12 large yellow gumdrops
12 large white gumdrops
2 tablespoons chocolate chips
Edible glitter 
One green ice cream cone
Green curling ribbon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease and flour two 10-inch bundt pans.

In a large bowl, whisk together all the dry ingredients, set aside

In a medium bowl stir together the milk, pumpkin, and vanilla until smooth.

In another large bowl beat the butter and oil together with an electric mixer. Next, beat in the sugar. Then the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Alternately beat in the milk/pumpkin mixture and the flour mixture until just combined.

Divide the batter equally between the two pans.  Bake for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.  Cool cakes in pans for 15 minutes, then turn upside down onto a wire rack to cool completely.

For Frosting:
In a large bowl beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Mix in vanilla.  Then beat in powdered sugar gradually until the frosting is a spreadable consistency.  Color about 1 cup of the frosting green and the rest orange.

Assemble the Cake:
Trim the bottoms of the cakes so they can lie flat against each other.  Frost the flat surface of the bottom cake and place the other cake on top. Frost the entire cake orange.  When the frosting dries add green frosting leaves and top with an ice cream cone for a stem.  I also added green curling ribbon.

Decorate Cake:
Sprinkle sugar over your work surface and use a rolling pin to flatten 12 large yellow and white gumdrops together into a pancake about 1/4 inch thick. Use a knife to cut out the eyes, nose and mouth. Microwave 2 tablespoons of chocolate chips for about 60 seconds. Dip the left side and bottom of the facial features in the melted chocolate, allow to set.  Dab a small amount of water onto the top surface of each feature, sprinkle the edible glitter on top, then press the facial features onto the cake.  There is a video tutorial here.


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