It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a TV special from 1966 and book that I plan to show her this Halloween season and for many years to come. We have a large, inflatable pumpkin and ghost in our front yard that she loves to turn on every afternoon and watch it inflate. She also loves to give the "ghostie" a high five and will touch the pumpkin already placed on our doorstep when prompted.
In this posting, I'm sharing with you a pumpkin cake I made recently. In years to come, I hope to make it for her, having it appear before or after we watch the special. With Pinterest, it's hard, if not impossible, to come up with something new. One search of "pumpkin cake" yields pages of results. The pumpkin shape is easily created by putting two bundt cakes together, but almost every posting creates the stem in a different way.
Many cakes I found involved making the stem out of frosted green mini-muffins pilled in the center, or by using an inverted ice cream cone. I could tell that they had Pinterest-fail written all over them, especially once I attempted them. Instead, I followed one that called for the top of a small pumpkin with the stem, as the stem.
It was easy, and I used the body of the pumpkin to serve the ranch dressing for the vegetable plate in. If you don't know already, serving vegetables cancels out any calories that come with eating cake.
The cake was super moist, but I sure had a lot of it leftover. If you're not going to be feeding a small army, I would cut the recipe I used in half and use smaller bundt cake molds. Enjoy, and please check out the other blogs in this blog-hop for craft, recipe, DIY or printables based on other kid's Halloween books!