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Jack-o-Lantern Cake
Oct 29th, 2002, 09:14am, Posted by Marlaoh

1 prepared cake mix
4-6 cups powder sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
food color
Assorted candies for face *

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour two matching 3-cup oven safe round mixing bowls with sloping sides.

Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour cake into prepared mixing bowls. Bake for approximately 45-60 minutes or until a long toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool cake 5-10 minutes in baking bowls, then invert on cooling rack and cool completely.

Soften butter; add milk and 4 cups powder sugar. Beat until fluffy. Add additional sugar, as needed, to create desired stiffness for frosting - if needed, beat in milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, to thin. Color frosting with orange food color or mix yellow and red to create orange.

Trim top of cakes to form a flat matching surface. Place a small amount of frosting on flat surface of one cake and inverted second cake on top to create a pumpkin shape. Frost sides and top of cake. Drag knife or spatula up sides of cake to create the ridge effect of pumpkins.

Draw jack-o-lantern face on paper or find a jack-o-lantern face to follow. To decorate use a fruit roll up or tootsie roll to create a stem. Cut thin strips of fruit rollups and place around top of cake to create jack-o-lantern lid. Cut and roll gumdrops, tootsie rolls or fruit roll ups to create eyes, nose and mouth. Press shapes into soft frosting and allow to dry. Arrange jack-o-lanterns on silk leaves or paper plates for display.