How to decorate a pumpkin cake
Delight both children and adults with a brightly decorated pumpkin cake for your Halloween party. This recipe is one that you can adapt to everyone’s taste because it does not include using or cooking pumpkin. It is the shape of the cake, the coloring and the decorating effects that you use that make it unique for the occasion.
Children will love helping with this activity because they can mix in the colors and lick out the cake and icing bowls.
Prepare the cake
You can use any flavor cake mix for the main part of the cake. Prepare the batter according to the directions on the package and bake in a 12-inch fluted tube pan. Let the cake cool for ten minutes and then invert it on a wire rack. Remove the pan and let the cake cool completely.
Make the icing
While the cake is cooling, combine one package of cream cheese and 1/4 cup of soft butter in a bowl. Beat on medium speed until they are well blended. Gradually add in the icing sugar, beating well after each addition.
Make the icing for the stump
Remove 1/2 of the icing from the bowl. Add a few drops of green coloring and stir until it is well blended. Spread half of the green icing on an ice cream cone and set aside. Keep the rest of the green icing for later use.
Make the orange icing
Add a few drops of red and yellow food coloring to the icing remaining in the bowl. Blend them together to make orange icing. Spread this on the cake.
Finish decorating the cake
Invert the ice cream cone into the hole in the center of the cake. Pipe lines of green icing down the sides of the cake.