The Great Pumpkin Cake – Halloween Recipe

The Great Pumpkin

“It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown”, or should I say Great Pumpkin CAKE has arrived!  Have some fun with your tube pan this Halloween and make the awesome pumpkin cake.  Think about it this way, it’s a lot more creative than those fruit cakes you give away on Christmas and probably tastes better too.

We would like to thank Kraft Canada again for the cool recipe and invite you all to check out the pumpkin cake video on their website.

What you need:

1 pkg. (2-layer size) cake mix, any flavour
1 pkg. (250 g) PHILADELPHIA Brick Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
4 cups icing sugar
Few drops each: green, red and yellow food colouring
1 flat-bottom ice cream cone
Directions:

  1. Prepare cake batter and bake in 12-cup fluted tube pan. Cool in pan 10 min. Invert cake onto wire rack; remove pan. Cool cake completely.
  2. Beat cream cheese and butter in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gradually add sugar, beating until well blended after each addition. Remove 1/2 cup of the frosting; place in small bowl.
  3. Add green food colouring; stir until well blended. Spread half of the green frosting onto outside of ice cream cone; set aside. Reserve remaining green frosting for later use.
  4. Add red and yellow food colourings to the remaining white frosting to tint it orange.
  5. Spread onto cake to resemble pumpkin. Invert ice cream cone in hole in top of cake for the pumpkin’s stem. Pipe the reserved green frosting in vertical lines down side of cake.

Kraft Kitchens Tips
Cooking Know-How For a more rounded Great Pumpkin Cake, use a tall 12-cup fluted tube pan. As the cake bakes, it rises and forms a rounded top. When cake is unmolded (upside-down), the bottom of the cake will be rounded. If the cake is baked in a shorter 12-cup fluted tube pan, as it appears on the video, the resulting cake will be flatter.

Fun IdeaPlace black gumdrops on sheet of waxed paper sprinkled with additional granulated sugar. Use a rolling pin to flatten each gumdrop, turning frequently to coat both sides with sugar. Cut into desired shapes with a sharp knife. Use to decorate frosted cake to resemble a jack-o’-lantern.

How to Pipe FrostingTurn a resealable plastic bag into a handy piping bag for professional-looking decorated cakes. Simply spoon the frosting into the bag and seal the bag. Cut off a tiny piece from one of the bottom corners of the bag. Twist the bag at the top and holding the bag with one hand, guide the tip with the other. When you’re done, the whole bag goes right into the garbage for easy cleanup!

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