The Great Pumpkin Pumpkin Cake

I had a couple of pumpkin-themed parties this weekend to tell you about. Remember the pumpkin baby shower ideas I shared here? Well, this is the cake I ended up making for the shower. It was a hit, so I thought I would share in case, you are in the market for something besides pumpkin pie on the dessert table this year at Thanksgiving. This could also be fun for a Cinderella party for a little girl.

I got the basic recipe from the Kraft foods site. I made this 4-layer pumpkin flavored cake for Thanksgiving a few years ago and thought it was pretty fun, but what could be more fun than a pumpkin cake that looks like a pumpkin???

I followed the Kraft recipe but I baked the cakes in my bundt pan. That meant doubling the recipe (2 cake mixes) to make two bundt cakes. Don’t undercook, if you want the layers to hold up. After the bundt cakes cooled, I sliced them in half to have the layers. I made the whipped cream frosting and carefully lined up the layers to make a pumpkin shape with the cream, nuts, and caramel between each layer.

I found this recipe for homemade fondant and was curious to try it out and see if it is any tastier that purchased fondant. It is, I think. And probably wouldn’t have been that difficult to work with if I had remembered the Crisco on the hands part. I applied the fondant in strips (using the remaining whipped cream frosting as glue), giving it more of a rustic look than the uber-smooth look you often get with fondant (which would have been cute, too). I didn’t get the orange as colorful as I wanted, so I ended up painting a little more food-coloring (watered down) over the pumpkin. Also, the stem and leaf were a bit dull because you need so much powdered sugar to work with the fondant that it is difficult to get off. I ended up using a damp brush to get off the excess sugar. It left the whole cake a little shiny, but worked.

One more tip, to get the stem to stay put, I filled most of the center of the bundt cakes with full-sized marshmallows. I set the stem on top of the marshmallows.

It’s a yummy recipe, and it can double as your centerpiece! What desserts are you concocting for Thanksgiving?

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  1. adorable.

    i have a great fondant recipe, will send once i find it. haha

  2. You are so talented! Thank you for sharing. I am going to try to make it.

  3. Good morning, just hopping from house to house from Susan’s to see all the pretty tables…. 😉 Nice meeting you. Come to the house in the roses to see more….


  4. Michelle@Everyday Celebrating says

    That is an amazing cake!!!!! I totally respect anyone who can crank out cakes like that!

  5. So cute and now I am hungry!

  6. Well, if you’re planning on coming to my dessert exchange on Saturday, I give you permission to bring that. !! But seriously, are you going to make the trek?

  7. DV- Rebecca L. says

    Wow! That looks awesome!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

  8. Hey wait – you didn’t actually slice each bundt cake in half, right? You must have done more layers than that? (Just trying to visualize…)

  9. Amy from Texas says

    Love this cake!

  10. What a beautiful cake! That is so impressive!


  11. Setting the Mood says

    You are so talented!! I don’t know how you do it all.

  12. Lisa @ celebrate CREATIVITY says

    This is really quite the cake. It turned out beautifully.

    I have never been able to get fondant to look like I want it to look-lol.

    Great photos too.

  13. keeper of the chocolates says

    that looks so decadent!

  14. Amanda @ Heart Tree Home says

    Holy delicious cake batman!

  15. OH MY GOSH! I have to make one of these!!!!!

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