Making a Pumpkin Cake

So today I decided I would make a pumpkin cake for my friend as a birthday gift. I wanted it to be a pumpkin spice cake inside BUT I didn’t have any eggs and already had red velvet cake from a cake I made yesterday. So red velvet it is!!!

I thought it would be cool to take some pictures of my process. Just in case you feel like trying this. The entire thing took about 3 hours. Only because I already had fondant and cake ready to go. Ok I hope this information will help :)

Let’s get started!!

First  I got my cake ready and layered with frosting. Once that was done I put it in the freezer to chill. Its easier to carve cakes when they are cold.  While that is chilling I went ahead and colored my fondant. I  needed green and orange.

Then I grabed my cake and carved its basic shape…

Normally you don’t want to have such a moist cake  if you are planning on carving it. This cake was NOT a good carving cake. Thats why that looks so messy… It  wanted to fall apart badly

Next I stuck  it in the freezer so it chills again for about 15 minutes. Once it was chilled I crumb coated it.

The crumb coating here was a bit tricky because of how moist the cake was… Chilling it helps for sure…  Once I got that crumb coat on there I placed it in the freezer again. While that was chilling I  rolled out my orange fondant.  Now that its chilled its ready for fondant.

I made sure to make the fondant a little thicker so I can shape the pumpkin a little better. Then I shaped it while the fondant was soft.  Once that was done, I went ahead and added the leafs and stem.

Now its ready for paint!! I am BEGGING all my family to buy me an airbrush.. That is on my wish list. For now I must paint with a brush. Not exactly the best tool for shading fondant. But  it will have to do…  Here is the finished pumpkin…

I wasn’t 100% happy with it. But  I think it looks ok :) I hope this helps  you if you decide to make a pumpkin cake. It was a really fun practice. Can’t wait to make a better one next time!!!

Thanks so much for looking..

What kind of cool cakes will you be making for the holidays?


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