Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cake

These darling individual pumpkin cakes can serve as a party favor, a placecard, or a personal gift.

Wendy Paul shares how to make these tasty cakes that create a real wow factor!

1 dark chocolate cake mix
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1 tsp. pumpkin spice
1 tsp. roasted cinnamon
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk

Combine all ingredients until smooth, about 1-2 minutes at medium speed or 3-4 minutes by hand. Pour into 12 cup bundt cake pan or 6 mini bundt cake pans buttered and floured generously.

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes minutes for the large bundt cake pan or 20-25 minutes in a 6 mini bundt cake pan until a toothpick comes out clean. Invert the warm cake(s) pan onto a cookie sheet and allow to rest for 15 minutes before removing the cake pan.

Vanilla Butter Cream Frosting
Makes approx. 3 cups of frosting
8 tbsp. (1 stick) butter, room temperature
3 ¾ cups powdered sugar, sifted
3-4 tbsp. milk or cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Beat until light and fluffy, about 30 seconds.

Stop the mixer before adding the sugar or you will have a large mess to clean up. Add
the sugar, 3 tablespoons milk (cream) and vanilla extract. Beat frosting starting on
slow increasing your speed until frosting is nice and creamy. Add up to 1 or more
tablespoons of milk (cream) if frosting to too thick. (*add orange food coloring as needed to obtain your desired color for your pumpkins)

To assemble the pumpkins:

Place one cooled mini bundt cake upside down to create the base. Then top with frosting or caramel. Then place another mini bundt cake right side up, creating the top of the pumpkin. Use half the frosting to frost a light crumb layer over the top of the cake, to cover and seal your cake. Less is best. Refrigerate for 20 minutes to set the first layer of frosting. Then repeat your frosting generously, covering all your cake. Using an offset spatula, make lines as you would see on a pumpkin skin. Top your pumpkin with melted chocolate, caramel, sprinkles, etc. Then place a mini candy bar, or large pretzel in the top for a stem. Repeat until all pumpkins are decorated.

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