Great Pumpkin Cake

390  Ratings
  • 30 min prep
  • 1 hr 20 min total
  • Makes 24 servings.

Tired of waiting for it to rise out of the pumpkin patch? Make it yourself with our step-by-step video. Then be sure to carve out your own slice.

Great Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  •  few drops each green, red and yellow food coloring
  • 1 COMET Cup

Instructions

  • Prepare  cake batter and bake in 12-cup fluted tube pan as directed on package. Cool in pan 10 min. Invert cake onto wire rack; remove pan. Cool cake completely.
  • Meanwhile,  beat cream cheese and butter in medium bowl with mixer until well blended. Gradually beat in sugar until well blended. Spoon 1/2 cup frosting into small bowl; stir in green food coloring until well blended. Spread half the green frosting onto outside of ice cream cone; set aside. Reserve remaining frosting for later use.
  • Add  red and yellow food colorings to remaining white frosting to tint it orange. 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.

Recipe Tips

Cooking Know-HowFor 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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Nutrition Information

Makes 24 servings.

Nutrition per serving:

  • Calories 260 
  • Total fat 11 g
  • Saturated fat 4 g
  • Cholesterol 45 mg
  • Sodium 210 mg
  • Carbohydrate 38 g
  • Dietary fiber 0 g
  • Sugars 31 g
  • Protein 2 g
  • Vitamin A 4 %DV
  • Vitamin C 0 %DV
  • Calcium 4 %DV
  • Iron 2 %DV

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