Y’all - I’ve made my best cake yet.
It is a pumpkin bundt cake layered with cream cheese frosting and covered in buttercream. This lovely gourd is entirely edible and it looks SO CUTE. This labor of love was so much fun to do and I still can’t believe I managed to pull it off! I think it is absolutely perfect for Thanksgiving and it doubles as a festive centerpiece before you slice in to it.
Preppy Kitchen is the genius behind this cake! I’m still not comfortable enough with baking to start making my own cake recipes but I am learning so much from practicing. While I had a few mishaps along the way, I ended up with my most successful cake to date! It was perfectly moist, both of my frostings were delicious, and I think I sculpted it quite convincingly.
Recipe Link: preppykitchen.com/mega-pumpkin-bundt-cake
I have to give a shout out to Mr. San Diego on his brilliant suggestion for the pumpkin’s stem. The recipe I used called for molding a stem from a thicker buttercream, but my husband was the real MVP and drove to Sam’s Club to get me a churro to use instead. He even picked me up some mint to use as leaves! They look SOO GOOD on top of my pumpkin!
I absolutely love the end results of this cake and I feel so inspired to keep practicing in the kitchen!
Making this cake was not as complicated as I thought it might be. You bake two bundt cakes, flip one upside down, and sandwich them together between a layer of cream cheese frosting. To get the shape of the pumpkin, a thick layer of buttercream is spread all around the cake, it’s popped in the refrigerator to set, and then it gets shaped. I used a butter knife to carve out the ridges and then used my fingers to gently smooth everything out. I tried to use the back of a spoon for smoothing but that was failing miserably. My hands seemed to be the right tool for the job!
Making the effort to bake something delicious and beautiful to share with those I love is special to me. I’m happy when I can be creative and create, I’m happier when I’m learning and improving, and I’m happiest when I can share my love with other.
If you’re reading this blog post, I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with love and good eats. I love you all!