Mini Jack-O-Lantern Cakes

By Renee's Kitchen Adventures 

Cute mini Pumpkin-Ginger bundt cakes cleverly crafted into Jack-O-Lanterns held together with orange buttercream icing.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Dixie Crystals pure cane granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 - 2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 TBS water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 to 3 cups Dixie Crystals 10X powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 - 2 TBS milk (if needed)
  • canned chocolate frosting (for decorating)
  • candy corn (for decorating)
  • tootsie rolls (for stems)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees F. Grease and flour mini bundt pan. 
  2. To Make Cakes: In large bowl, whisk together flour, Dixie Crystals pure cane granulated sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, sour cream, eggs, fresh ginger, vanilla, water and canola oil.
  4. Make a well in the middle of the dry flour mixture and pour in the wet pumpkin mixture. Fold into flour until just incorporated. Do not overmix.
  5. Divide batter equally between the six prepared wells in the mini bundt pan. Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of a cake comes out clean.
  6. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove to wire rack and cool completely.
  7. Make Buttercream icing: With electric mixer, beat the butter and salt until light and fluffy. Add in Dixie Crystals powdered sugar, one cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Add in 1 tsp. vanilla. Add in milk if needed, until icing is stiff, but spreadable.
  8. To Assemble the Jack-O-Lanterns: Cut the crowns off the tops of the mini bundt cakes so they are flat. Apply a thick layer of buttercream icing to the cut side of the bundt cake. Invert another bundt cake, cut side down, on top of the iced bundt cake to form a "pumpkin". Frost sides and top. Continue with remaining bundts until you have 3 pumpkins. Decorate as desired.

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 20 mins.

Cook time: 00 hrs. 20 mins.

Total time: 40 mins.

Tags: pumpkin, Halloween, Dixie Crystals, baking, cake, dessert


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