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These were on the cover of the November 1, 2007, Family Circle Magazine. The recipe in the magazine called for store-bought frosting, but I don't like frosting out of a can, so I used a recipe for cream cheese frosting. I'm sure you could also use a basic buttercream.


  • Cakes:
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 3/4 cup solid-pack pumpkin puree
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 1/2 cups frosting
  • Orange and yellow food coloring
  • Assorted pretzel rods
  • Cupcake liners, trimmed slightly
  • Frosting:
  • 10 Tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/4 pounds cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar


  • In a large bowl, beat butter, cream cheese, and vanilla until creamy; about 3 minutes. Add sugar gradually, beating until light and fluffy.
  • Heat oven to 350. Coat two muffin size bundt pans with nonstick spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, oil, cinnamon, cloves and 1 cup water. Beat on low for 30 seconds, then increase speed to medium high and beat for 2 minutes. Divide among pans.
  • Bake for 16 to 18 minutes.
  • Cool cakes in pans on wire racks for 5 minutes then remove to cool completely.
  • Trim crown tops level.
  • Place half of frosting in a small bowl; tint with orange food coloring. Place other half of frosting in a second small bowl; tint a light pale orangy-yellow with a combination of orange and yellow food coloring.
  • Place one cake, flat side up on a cutting board. Spread either color frosting on the flat side. Sandwich with another cake, rounded side up.
  • Frost cake, starting at bottom and following teh curve up to the top.
  • Use a small amount of contrasting shade to give the cake some color variation.
  • Transfer cake to waxed paper lined baking sheet and allow frosting to dry slightly.
  • Tuck a pretzel piece into top to resemble a stem.
  • Repeat with remaining cakes.
  • Slip cakes into trimmed liners.
  • Refrigerate until ready to eat.

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