Source: Nestle® Very Best Baking

Pumpkin Spice Ghost Cake
Surprise your trick-or treaters with this hauntingly-good pumpkin spice cake with a rich cream cheese frosting.
Rating:
Serves: 12
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes

 

 
Cake:
1 spice or carrot cake mix
1 cup LIBBY ® 100% Pure Pumpkin
3 large eggs
1/3 cup water
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
Cream Cheese Frosting:
2 packages (3 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons margarine or butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar
black string licorice candy, Nestle Raisinets Milk Chocolate-Covered Raisins and Halloween candy corn (optional)




FOR CAKE:

PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Grease and flour two 8 or 9-inch-round cake pans.

COMBINE cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, water, vegetable oil and pumpkin pie spice in large mixer bowl until moistened. Beat for 2 minutes or until thoroughly mixed. Pour batter into prepared pans.

BAKE for 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.

FOR CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:

BEAT cream cheese, margarine and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar. Spread layers and on top and side of cake.

TO GARNISH:

FORM licorice strings into ghost shapes; press into side of frosted cake. Use licorice jelly beans for eyes. Arrange candy corn between ghosts on side and around top edge of frosted cake.