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HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN SHAPED CAKE


A Pumpkin cake sounds like so many things! Is it made of pumpkin? Is it shaped like a pumpkin? Is it just a Jack O' Lantern cake disguised as a pumpkin? Well, it can be any and all of these things. A few years ago, Avon came out with a silicon bake form for making mini bunt cakes that were solid. When you placed two bottoms together, you got what looked like a pumpkin and could be decorated as such.

We have seen these same cake molds in metal lately. They come with six to a tray so you can make three pumpkins from each baking tray. You could also do the same thing using a simple bunt cake form except that you'd have a hole that ran through the center, which you could always fill with pumpkin flavored pudding, white cream filling tinted orange or something similar. Use an inverted ice cream cone (the old fashion flat bottom kind) to make a decorative stem on top. You can use a spice cake mix or recipe and drizzle an orange glaze over it for a festive look.

Here is a selection of molds that we have found both on and off the web. Most are easy to use, come with instruction on baking and decorating. Take care with the silicon molds as they can only take so much heat before they start to melt but most cake recipes use a temperature they can work with.

 

Lurch Flexi-Form Silicone Pumpkin Cake Mold #00065013
While no longer available, you might be able to find it someplace like E-Bay. This makes one single large pumpkin cake. It has release buttons around the center for easy removable. Just pour the cake batter in through the top hole, leaving room for expansion.

To decorate, use an orange butter cream frosting and add detail work in using decorating frosting. Check this page out for tips and explanations.


Silicone Pumpkin Cake Mold (TO-10) at MadeInChina.com
This looks exactly like the one that I have from Avon purchased in 2010, except theirs was orange in color. It makes mini Bundt shaped cakes but when placed bottoms together, they form a pumpkin shape.  Decorate accordingly, to make it look like a pumpkin. These make great individual desserts for a Halloween dinner party!


Nordic Ware mini Brownie Pan from SurLaTable.com
This mold is a unique in that it has enough molds in it to make six mini pumpkins. It's non-stick cast aluminum and measures 2 3/4 inch diameter cups. Theses decorate up into very cute little pumpkins that make great individual treats which re wonderful for kids' parties. Just follow any instructions that come with it and follow your cake mix baking instructions. Decorate accordingly!


Wilton Mini Pumpkin Molds and Single Large Pumpkin Mold
Wilton can't be beat when it comes to anything connected with baking fir any holiday and they always have new Halloween things every year. Of course, they also retire things every year as well. The cake molds to the right should be available now. You have the smaller pumpkin shaped Bundt molds that can be decorated like mini pumpkins or Jack O' Lanterns. Check out the Wilton site for what's available this year!


To Decorate:

Place two mini cakes bottom to bottom, frosting one so they'll stick together. You can either frost with just orange and make s stem and leaves on top, leaving it a pumpkin or you can decorate a face on it and make it a Jack O- Lantern.

For a kids' party, make as many as you have guests coming and make a game of letting the kids decorate their own pumpkin to eat afterwards. You do the initial frosting and putting together and then let them go to town with decorating frosting in tubes, sprinkles and solid sugar decorations.

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