Halloween pumpkin cake recipe

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serves: 8 - 10
Skill: easy
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  • Halloween pumpkin cake is a delicious treat! It’s everyone’s favourite – carrot cake – with lovely little fondant pumpkins. Make it for a Halloween party or as part of a bigger buffet with lots of other spooky treats and all the kids will love it! You could also make some witches hats or ghosts if you buy different coloured fondants and arrange them round this delicious cake. If you wanted to make it more spooky, why not add a tiny bit of green food colouring to the buttercream for an even more ghoulish edge?

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    • For the carrot cake:
    • 175g wholemeal self-raising flour
    • 1 level tsp baking powder
    • 2 level tsp ground mixed spice
    • Pinch of salt
    • 150ml sunflower oil
    • 175g soft light brown sugar
    • 3 medium eggs
    • 100g raisins
    • 250g carrots, peeled and grated
    • For the cream cheese frosting:
    • 200g cream cheese
    • Few drops vanilla extract
    • 3-4 level tbsp icing sugar
    • For the pumpkin decorations:
    • A packet of orange fondant
    • Some brown fondant


    • Preheat your oven to 180C, gas four. Butter and line two 25cm round cake tins with parchment paper.

    • To make the carrot cake, tip the flour into a bowl and stir in the baking powder, spice and salt. Then stir in all the remaining ingredients until well mixed. Split the mixture in two and divide between your cake tins.

    • Bake in the centre of the oven for about 1 hr, until just firm to the touch in the centre. A skewer should come out clean after being inserted into the middle.

    • Remove from the oven. Allow to cool in the tins for 10 mins, then turn out on to a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

    • To make the cream cheese topping, beat together the cream cheese and vanilla extract. Add icing sugar to taste. When your cake is cook, spread the icing between the two layers and over the top of the cake.

    • To make the pumpkin decorations, roll out small balls of orange fondant and using a tooth pick, draw vertical lines down them and a smiley face with two dots for eyes. Using the brown fondant, shape into a stalk and two brown eyes and stick onto the pumpkins with a little dab of water before leaving to dry.

    Top tip for making Halloween pumpkin cake

    You can make the fondant decorations well in advance and use them to give a Halloween twist to any cake you've made.

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