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Cake by Darla B, Fox creek

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I used my bunt pan and baked two pumpkin cakes. Then I stacked them one on top of the other. I used a pumpkin face stencil and placed plastic over top and molded my gum paste to the shape of the faces and let them dry. I used my triple star icing tip and iced the pumpkin in orange. I used an ice cream cone for the stem and iced it green. I placed the faces on the pumpkin and used green icing to make vines and made leaves out of gum paste and placed them on the vines.

Cake by Jennifer E., Colorado Springs, CO

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I made two bundt cakes, leveled them and stacked them (flat sides together). I then used the orange Wilton coloring mixed with a little brown (to darken it up a bit). I then iced the entire cake with a nice amount of icing. Once covered I went back over the icing in an upwards motion to make the texture a little more real.

I used an ice cream cone to make the stem, just iced in brown and then added the leaves and vines. I actually got the idea from this website for pumpkin cakes, someone else had made it and I wanted to give it a try. It was a hit!

Cake by Holly P., Bellevue, NE

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I used two cake mixes and made two bundt cakes and flipped one to make a pumpkin shape. I found many pumpkin cakes on this site which gave me an idea for this cake. I frosted the cake with homemade buttercream icing and covered with orange tinted marshmallow fondant shaped with the side of my hand. I filled ‘hole’ with buttercream and topped with leaves made out of marshmallow fondant and a ho ho. Sprinkled bottom with candy corn because this was my first attempt at fondant and the edges are a little rough!

Cake by Amanda H., Ft. Myers, FL

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I like to make cakes/cupcakes for all events and especially for Halloween when I make pumpkin cakes! I made this one using two bundt cakes, one on top of the other. The face was made from rolled out gumdrops cut into eyes, nose and mouth and then shadowed with melted chocolate. The stem is a green ice-cream cone and then frosting for the leaves. I really liked how it turned out!

Cake by Sara W., Conway, AR

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This is a chocolate and peanut butter cake that I made for our office’s Halloween party. This is not the usual pumpkin cakes, this is layers of chocolate cake chocolate ganache and peanut butter cream are covered in fondant and hand painted. The hat is the same cake layered and covered in modeling chocolate. The mouse is fondant that was hand painted as well.

Cake by Carrie R., Steamboat Springs, CO

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These cakes are for my daughter’s two different classrooms at school. They are two bundt cakes (one upside down on the bottom and then the other on top) to make the pumpkin and then a cupcake for the stem. I used a box mix for the cakes and just stole some of the batter to make the single cupcake.

Since two bundt cakes is too much cake for a single classroom I got the cakes in half after stacking them (and before frosting them). I bent the cake boards 90 degrees and used a bit of tape int he corner to hold the angle. This kept the 1/2 cupcake ‘stem’ from falling out (when the cake is whole the hole in the middle holds the cupcake ‘stem’). The cakes are frosted with orange-colored frosting. The cupcake ‘stem’ is covered in green fondant and the faces are cut out of purple fondant.

Cake by Rosie H., San Rafael, CA

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First of all I want to thank you for this great site. I took this idea from here for pumpkin cakes. I just baked two boxes of vanilla mix in two bundt pans and put some frosting in between and frosted with pastry pride tinted in orange. The steam is a green cone. For the leaf I used some fondant with some food coloring and in the base is tinted coconut.

This pumpkin was a big surprise for all my family including me. I never thought I could do something like this.

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Cake by Yolanda L., Harrison, MI

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I made this cake for my sister in-law for a Halloween party at work in an adult foster home. The great pumpkin, the biggest one, I used two chocolate bunt cake pans. The frosting is buttercream I made. For the hay bales I used peanut butter chips and La Choy noodles. Melt the peanut butter chips, mix in noodles, and press in buttered pan till cooled and firm.

The small cake was made in a Wiltons pumpkin pan and frosted using a star tip. The props are candy corn pumpkin gummy, Halloween little pumpkin gum balls and for the eyes on the cake I used plastic eyes. Also I took a board and covered it with tin foil then covered the tin foil with real washed and dried leaves from my yard. We pasted them down with frosting. The stem on the great pumpkin was made with fondant and food coloring shaped by hand.

Other than that it was a lot of fun making the pumpkin cakes!

Cake by Shannon K., Virginia Beach VA

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I make these adorable Pumpkin Cakes every year for my son’s class and they are a huge hit! I use the Wilton Pumpkin Cookie Pan and the cookie sticks. I follow the Sugar Cookie recipe that comes with the pan and it works beautifully. Simply place the cookie stick in the dough before baking it. Again follow the directions from the Cookie Pan Sheet.

I also used the Wilton Royal Icing Recipe. It dries beautifully and also tastes great! I coat one side of the pumpkin with orange…let it dry…then pipe in the black outlines. I found some cute Fall Baskets, lined them with the Styrofoam you use in flower arranging and covered that with “grass” that you may use in gift baskets. Finally I poke all the Pumpkins into the Styrofoam into the Baskets and there you have it.

A wonderful Halloween or Fall Cookie treat!

Cake by Lauren M., Newport Beach, CA

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**Make sure to grease the bowls well** I used two box cake mixes (prepared as directed) and baked the pumpkin cakes in a 2-quart round casserole ovenproof bowl for about one hour and 10 minutes each on 325 degrees or until toothpick comes out clean. Let them cool and remove from bowls.

Mix yellow and red food coloring to make orange. Slice top of each cake to make a flat surface and set one cake on plate cut side down. Frost the top of it and place the other cake cut side up to make a round shape. Frost the entire cake. I piped black icing to make eyes, nose and mouth and used a green ice cream cone for the stem. I used green icing to pipe some leaves. Captain planet enjoys my jack-o-lantern cake.

Cake by Anneline G., Vancouver, British Columbia

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My daughter turned 10 and we wanted to make something special. We created the whole casing, flowers etc. out of fondant, very easy to use. We copied the casing from pumpkin cakes pictures so as to make it look like a pumpkin.

Make sure you have plenty of time to prepare the fondant colors ahead of time. Any information on decorating can be found on the “Wilton cake” website.

Cake by Danielle M., Fond du Lac, WI

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My youngest son was born on Halloween and I wanted a Halloween cake for his first birthday. To make the checkerboard pattern I used a cake pan set that I purchased at Fleet Farm. You could also make this with 3 8″ or 9″ round cakes of different flavors stacking them one on top of each other.

I used a pastry decorating tip to put the top and bottom edges on the cake. Since it was Halloween themed I used Halloween candy as more decoration. Everyone in my family loves these cakes! I use 2 boxes of cake mix, one devil’s food and the other white tinted with food coloring.

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