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This nostalgic pumpkin cake not only tastes great, but will bring back fond memories of trick-or-treating.
For most of my childhood, candy from trick or treating was collected in a plastic pumpkin pail. These classic pails are still one of the most popular vessels for kids to carry around their sweet treats on Halloween, and its shape is quite easy to recreate out of cake.
Not only does this cake look like a pumpkin, it tastes like one too! I doctored up a Betty Crocker™ Spice Cake Mix by adding some pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice to make this cake pumpkin through and through.
The toughest part of decorating it was covering it in fondant. Covering a spherical cake in fondant is not for the faint of heart. It takes patience; I suggest keeping the fondant rather thick when it's rolled out so when it's stretched over the bottom curves of the cake, it doesn't get too thin and tear. But once you get it covered, it takes mere minutes to transform it into a cute pail filled with candy!
Poke a lollipop into the center of the well so it's tall enough to attach to the licorice handle. Poke a black licorice lace into each side of the pumpkin cake to create the handle. Attach the top of the licorice to the lollipop using some tape. I couldn't get my licorice handle to stay perfectly curved, but by taping it to the lollipop, at least it stood up!