Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween! My M&M Pumpkin Cake


Happy Halloween!

I made this pumpkin cake a few years ago a bowl was used to create the pumpkin shape and M&M candy pieces in orange and brown to decorate, it took several bags to get all the orange and brown pieces I needed. It was a bit harder then I thought it would be to make, but nevertheless it was a lot of fun. I have not done it again. I really should try it again though there would be a few things I would change. Perhaps this evening using icing instead of M&M candy pieces would be good, which made it to sweet and expensive to make anyway. 

Hershey's makes the m&m candy pieces, You can find their halloween recipes here. This recipes was in the family circle magazine in 2009.



Ingredients
  • Cake:
    cups all-purpose flour
  • tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • cups sugar
  • eggs
  • Decoration:
    can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • Orange gel food coloring (such as Wilton)
  • bags (7 ounces each) orange M&M's candies (about 2 cups)
  • 34 yellow or brown M&M's
  • chocolate-covered candy bar (such as Snickers)

Directions

Cake:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees . Coat two 1.5-liter Pyrex bowls with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder and soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix the pumpkin, milk and vanilla in a small bowl to blend.
3. Beat the butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the flour mixture, alternating with the pumpkin mixture, ending with the flour mixture. Beat just until smooth.
4. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared bowls. Bake at 350 degrees in the center of the oven for 55 to 65 minutes, or until golden and a toothpick inserted in center of cakes comes out clean. Transfer bowls to a wire rack and cool 15 minutes. Invert cakes onto racks and remove bowls; cool completely (about an hour).
Decoration:
5. Trim the top of the cakes with a serrated knife to make level. Tint the frosting orange with the food coloring. Place one cake layer, cut-side up, on a serving platter. Spread the cut side with 1/2 cup of the frosting. Place the other cake layer on top, cut-side down. Trim any excess to make round.
6. Spread a thin layer of frosting on half the cake, from top to bottom. Start with the nose: In the center of the frosted area, place 3 yellow or brown M&Ms (see photo)2 on the bottom and 1 on the topto make a triangle nose. Place 2 orange candies above the nose, then begin the eyes: Attach 3 yellow candies along the same line as the orange candies above nose, to the left. Then place 2 yellow candies above that row, and end with a single yellow candy. Repeat on the other side of the nose. Below the nose, make an upside-down triangle using 6 orange candies. Make a yellow candy mouth, beginning with 7 candies arranged in a V around the orange triangle. Then use 12 additional yellow candies to finish the mouth. Fill in with more orange candies close together on the frosted area. When that area is covered, spread another area with the frosting and add more candies. Repeat until the entire cake is covered with orange candies.
7. Cut the candy bar in half crosswise on the diagonal to fashion a stem. Make a small hole in the top of the cake and press the candy bar half, cut-side down, into the top of the cake, for the stem. Refrigerate to firm frosting.



Goblins on the doorstep,
Phantoms in the air, 
Owls on witches' gateposts
Giving stare for stare
Cats on flying broomsticks,
Bats against the moon
Stirring round of fate-cakes with a solemn spoon. 
Whirling apple parings
Figures draped in sheets
Dodging, disappearing, up and down the streets,
Jack-O-Lanterns grinning
Shadows on a screen, 
Shrieks and starts and laughter-
This is Hallowe'en!
-Dorothy Brown Thompson 

From ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties
And things that go bump in the bight,
Good Lord, deliver us!
-Old Cornish prayer 


In preparation for November......
The fields are harvested and bare,
October dressed in flame and gold
Like a woman afraid to grow old.
-Anne Mary Lowler



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Have a wonderful day! ~Kat