For the Cake:
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cups milk, at room temperature
1 can (15 oz.) 100% pumpkin
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 cup (2 sticks/8oz/226g) butter or margarine, at room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
6 large eggs, at room temperature
For Decorating and Frosting:
2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, at room temperature
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
Approximately 9 cups powdered sugar
Green food-coloring paste
Orange food-coloring paste
One flat-bottomed green ice cream cone
12 large yellow and white gumdrops (6 of each)
Sugar (to roll gumdrops on)
2 tbsp. chocolate chips
Clear edible cake glitter
BAKING THE CAKE O' LANTERN
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 C), and butter two 10-inch bundt cake pans.
In a large bowl, stir together the flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In a medium bowl, stir together the milk, pumpkin and vanilla extract until smooth.
In another large bowl, beat the butter or margarine and oil together with an electric mixer until combined. Next, beat in the sugar. Then beat in the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Alternately beat in the milk/pumpkin mixture and the flour mixture until just combined.
Divide the batter between the two prepared pans. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.
Cool the cakes in the pans for 15 minutes, then turn them out onto wire racks to cool completely.
DECORATING THE CAKE O' LANTERN
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
Mix in the vanilla extract. Then beat in the powdered sugar gradually until the frosting is a spreadable consistency.
Color about 1 cup of the frosting green and the rest orange.
ASSEMBLING THE CAKE O' LANTERN
Trim the bottoms of the cakes so they 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 the ice cream cone to create a stem.
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. Adults only--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. 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.
Makes: 24 servings.
Source: Family Fun Magazine
Date: September 27, 2002