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Thanksgiving Cake

Ever thought if you baked two fluted cakes and put them together they'd look like a pumpkin's orange orb? To try it, follow the easy instructions here. You'll be glad you did —this cake is certain to conjure up a host of smiles for your event!—Carole Lajeunesse, Aurora, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    24 servings


  • 2 packages spice cake mix (regular size)
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups white baking chips
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) vanilla frosting
  • Red, yellow and green paste or liquid food coloring
  • Textured paper towel
  • 2 pastry bags or small heavy-duty resealable plastic bags
  • Pastry tips-#5 round and #352 leaf
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut


  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mixes, eggs, pumpkin, oil and milk; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Stir in chips. Fill two greased muffin cups two-thirds full. Pour remaining batter into two greased and floured 12-cup fluted tube pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 20 minutes for cupcakes and 40-45 minutes for cakes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 25 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • Level the bottom of each cake. Spread one cake bottom with frosting; put cake bottoms together to form a pumpkin. Set aside. Combine red and yellow food coloring to make orange; tint about three-fourths of the frosting. Tint remaining frosting green.
  • Place one cupcake right side up in the center of the cake to support the stem. Put a dollop of green frosting on the cupcake and top with an upside-down cupcake; frost with green frosting. Frost the cake with orange frosting. Let stand, uncovered, until frosting is slightly firm, about 30 minutes.
  • To create texture, place paper towel over frosting and press lightly, then remove.
  • Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry bag; insert round tip. Fill bag with green frosting. Pipe curly vines from pumpkin stem and base. Prepare another bag with green frosting; insert leaf tip. Holding bag at 45° angle, pipe leaves randomly along the vines. Combine coconut with green food coloring; sprinkle around base of cake.
Editor's Note: Cakes must be baked in identical cake pans or baked in two batches.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 581 calories, 26g fat (12g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 462mg sodium, 83g carbohydrate (61g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • sugarcrystal
    Mar 16, 2015

    I loved this cake. Pumpkin anything makes me happy, & I loved the versatility of decorating this recipe. I did use cinnamon and butterscotch chips in place of white chips & made my own frosting, but left everything else the same. I will make this again.