March 27, 2014

Easy Pumpkin Cake Decor in Minutes

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As the holidays approach, many of us become overwhelmed feeling as if we need to keep up with “Martha.”

Even though all her suggestions denote, “It’s a good thing,” it’s never good if it leaves us stressed, discouraged or feeling as if we can’t measure up in the creativity department. I love to surround myself with women who help bring out my creative side by sharing their inexpensive and easy solutions, still celebrating the magic of doing something extra special without leaving me as a “Domestic Diva Dropout.” I want to Be More and Do Less!

pumpkin cakeOne of my best friends, Rebecca, did just that for me yesterday when she graced our snack table with this perfect pumpkin creation. I could give you an amazing pumpkin cake recipe (which could be a follow up post if you need it), but that defeats the purpose of this post. Of course, my first choice is to mix up an amazing homemade batter, but let’s give each other permission to do something special, and use a store bought cake mix (gasp, but free to me with coupons) if you’re short on time.

Using the beauty of a simple bundt cake pan, which you can find at most yard sales or any store, spend your precious minutes whipping up this “looks like it took five hours cake,” in minutes (well, minus the bake time, of course).

She used a basic cream cheese frosting recipe for the pumpkin, and added a very small amount of concentrated food coloring (from a craft store). You may use basic food coloring, but will need to add a bit more sugar to account for the extra liquid.

pumpkin stem using cone

Isn’t her idea of using an ice cream cone genius? She “painted” the cone with melted green chocolate wafers (AC Moore or Michaels).  You could use frosting, but it would need to be stiffened a little more than the cake frosting.

So how does that fit into my “31 Days to More with Less” theme? Give yourself permission to DO less during the holidays. People will not scorn and whisper if you just don’t have time to whip up that five layer German Chocolate Cake with hand crushed vanilla beans, and specialty chocolate flown in for the occasion. It’s about sharing the sweets together that make it memorable.

BE MORE: Do less!

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Comments

  1. What a cute idea! I love it!

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  2. Okay, that idea is brilliant! But my favorite part is that you are trying to hide the piece of cake that was already eaten! So I know it was too good to resist!

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    Jens Reply:

    Hahah…I know…I couldn’t believe I didn’t snap the shot before everyone dug into it.

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  3. I feel dumb asking… how did you get the circle tube looking cake part??

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    Jens Reply:

    Oh no, don’t feel dumb. She used a simple bundt cake pan and then flipped it onto the plate. There’s a whole that’s left in the middle then where she put the ice cream cone. (ugh, off to edit that and add…I can’t believe I didn’t put that in there. You can find bundt cake pans at any store (and I have actually found many at yard sales, thrift stores, as well).

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  4. Love this! And you’re right, the ice cream cone stem is ingenious. Oh, and I’m a pretty avid baker myself, but feel there’s no shame at all whipping up cakes, cupcakes, brownies from a mix. I often tweak those mixes a bit, but why not take the help where we can get it, right?! It’s the “Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade” style ;o) Would love your recipe for pumpkin cake. I’m always on the look-out for great cake recipes. Thanks for sharing Rebecca’s yummy creation.

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  5. AAAAdorable! I LOVE the idea that it looks so festive and yet is so simple. Genius idea for the stem. Thanks so much for sharing. I am loving all the 31 days postings.

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  6. LOVE it! How simple and cute is that? I am making one for Sunday lunch!! Of course, I’ll be using box cake mix and Betty Crocker cream cheese icing (that’s already in my pantry)…

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  7. I’ve been seeing this idea on the back of Pillsbury’s Halloween cake mix for the past few years and have never tried it. I plan on doing so this weekend! My kids will get a kick out of it!

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  8. LOVE IT!!! So adorable!

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  9. I made this one year for Thanksgiving and it was a HUGE hit with my in-laws…yes, I was fighting pride that whole day! :)

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  10. Super cute idea! So festive for this time of year. I love this!

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  11. What a cute idea, how come I never thought of that??? Ha ha.

    I am hosting a pumpkin linky on my blog all week, would love for you to join!

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  12. This is a great idea. I will definitely be using this. I often make an easy bundt cake and the ice cream cone idea is perfect for halloween decorating. Thank you.
    dana

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