My grandmother didn’t even need cake…she very well knew that cake was waiting for us back at my apartment. It sure did add some ridiculousness to dinner though.
The cake that was waiting for us was an Apple Sauce Jack-o-lantern cake with cream cheese frosting. Mmm good. Let me tell you how I did it.
Apple Sauce Cake Recipe (times this by 2 because we are making two bundt cakes):
*Courtesy of my mom’s recipe box and I am not sure where she found it
- Yellow cake mix
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 T. cinnamon
- 1 2/3 c. applesauce
- 3 eggs
Combine the cinnamon and sugar and set aside. Combine the yellow cake mix, applesauce, and eggs together. Mix them for about 2 minutes on medium speed, or 2 minutes by hand. Grease a bundt pan and add half of the batter to the pan. Then sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar on top. Now add the rest of the batter to the bundt pan.
Bake at 350 for about 35-45 minutes.
Cream Cheese Frosting
*From Paula Dean on foodnetwork.com
- 1 pound cream cheese, softened
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
Beat the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla together until smooth. Add in the sugar slowly until light and fluffy and creamy!
Once you have baked both bundt cakes, you are going to want to trim the tops to make them flat so that they will nicely sit on top of each other.
After you have trimmed, put a layer of frosting on the bottom bundt cake, and put the flat sides of the bundt cakes together.
This gives the shape of your Jack-o-lantern! Be sure to line up the ridges on the top and bottom cake.
Put your wax paper on your clean serving plate while frosting so you don’t have to transfer the cake after frosting it . Dye most of your frosting orange, a little white, and a little black and start pumpkin carvin’! But not carving of course–frosting!
I stuck 2 toilet paper rolls in the center to make the stem.
Isn’t he cute? And a lot easier Halloween treat if you aren’t ready for cake pops!