Step 1: Supplies
-Orange Food Dye *non water based*
I used pumpkin cake and cream cheese frosting.
Step 2: Pumpkin Cake
For the cake, I mixed the following:
-1 Cup sugar
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-3/4 Cup canned pumpkin
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
-1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, ground
-3/4 Cup flour
Then I spread out the batter on a sheet pan and baked it at 350 for ~12 minutes. Cooking time varies though, so be sure to check the cake while it is cooking.
After the cake is cooked and cooled, crumble it. If it is still pretty moist, break it into small pieces.
Step 3: Cream Cheese Frosting
I mixed together:
-8 oz cream cheese
-1 Cup powdered sugar
-2 Tablespoons butter
-1 teaspoon cake vodka
Make sure to taste the frosting to make sure it is sweet enough. If the cream cheese flavor is too strong, add in a bit more powdered sugar.
Add some orange food coloring to the frosting so the inside color of the pumpkins is also pumpkin-like.
I tried out cake vodka because we were out of vanilla. It added an excellent flavor layer and I will probably use it in future frostings too.