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Mini Pumpkin Cakes

These adorable mini pumpkin cakes are perfect to serve at halloween parties or just a fun fall activity to do with the kids.  You can be festive by making pumpkin flavored cake, use your favorite from-scratch recipe, or a box mix to make things easier.  You can use your creativity and make candy faces or decorate the pumpkins with piped designs.

What you will need: (makes about 12 mini pumpkins)

12-Cavity Mini Bundt Pan, found where Wilton products are sold, I found mine at Walmart.
1 Cake Mix of your preferred flavor
1 can frosting, cream cheese or vanilla
Orange sanding sugar
Tootsie rolls 

Bake your recipe or mix according to the directions, but make sure to fully coat your pan with cooking spray. After baking, let the cakes cool completely before trying to remove them from the pans. You may have excess cake creating a “muffin top”, which can be cut off like in the photos above.

Place one cake on top of the other and it’s already beginning to look like a mini pumpkin!

Form the stems out of tootsie rolls and create a tootsie roll “disk” so the stem doesn’t fall through the hole on the top of the cake, and set aside.

Spread your frosting in between the two cakes and frost the outside. It doesn’t need to be perfect, since you will be covering the pumpkins with sanding sugar, but you may have to put them in the freezer for a few minutes for easier spreading. Place the tootsie roll stems in the top of the mini bundt cake and cover with extra frosting. Sprinkle sanding sugar over the whole pumpkin.

How cute are these! If you decide to bake these mini pumpkin cakes, send us your photos! These Apple Cider Cups are another fun activity as the weather starts to turn chilly!


  1. Those are just too friggin cute! I’m not going to say what that tootsie roll looked like before you stuck it on the pumpkin though. lol

  2. LOVE THEM! Very cute!!

  3. My son is having his 1st birthday party on the 29th of Oct. These would be perfect for him! totally baby friendly(:

  4. Actually planning on making this as a cake, very cute!

  5. Those are absolutely adorable!

  6. Oh my gosh, Emily! Those are itty bitty darlings!

  7. These are too dang cute to eat.

  8. How adorable! I want some!

  9. how ridiculously cute!

  10. oh those are so cuuuute. I wanna make some!

  11. Well, aren’t you just the clever little baker! ;D

    Love this idea.

  12. OH my gosh those are too cute!!!

  13. Those are so cute! Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Oh, those are JUST adorable! I’ll have to make those for my kids :-)

  15. OHHHHHHHHHHHH I love this. So cute and adorable! Elegant for this time of year too!

  16. How fun! I love your pumpkin cakes. They are so cute.

  17. Jennifer Barr says:

    These look too cute to eat!

  18. These are sooo adorable! I’m famous for making Halloween-themed food for my annual Halloween party, so I will bookmark this recipe. :)

  19. I will be doing a fall/pumpkin theme for a baby shower for my son & his gf in about a month, these are perfect. Love Love!

  20. I will have to pick up one of those pans. Those are fabulous! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Those are so darn cute. I am definitely going to make these with my kids. Thanks for posting!

  22. I love your idea! It’s so cute and festive looking!

  23. Those are fantastic! What a great idea!

  24. Just found your site through TasteSpotting. I love it! These are beautiful, I’m sure any kid (or adult for that matter) would be delighted to eat these. I’m definitely going to bookmark this. Looking forward to looking through your site!

  25. Wow, this pumpkin looks real and really amazing! I think making stems out of tootsie roll is ingenious! Simply smart! Thank you.

  26. Oh my gosh, I love pumpkin ANYTHING! I’ll have to try that recipe ASAP!

  27. gatorgirl1234 says:

    oh, they are adorable! so making these for our halloween party at work!

  28. OK those are just too stinkin cute! I will have to try those with the kids. Perfect fall activity for them! Love it.

  29. How cute is THAT? And yummy too!

  30. OH my goodness those are not only adorable looking but yummy looking too! Thank you for sharing this!

  31. These are absolutely adorable. I’m definitely going to make these!!!

  32. How cute! I have the perfect pans! What a great idea with the dusting sugar and tootsie rolls! My coworkers will love it!!

  33. I love it! So cute and clever. I posted a link on my column (ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com).

  34. Those are cute! Great idea for the stems!

  35. Seriously cute! And this way you don’t need an expensive Williams Sonoma pan.

  36. OMG Those are adorable!! I need to try those!

  37. Wow these are so so cute! Thanks for the step by step too!

  38. Oh how cute! What a great idea for a holiday dinner party. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  39. I MUST Try these!! so adorable! Stumble worthy;)

  40. Great Idea :) My son is having a fall festival at his school, I may try to make these. I have to go get one of those pans first though.

  41. What delightful pumpkins! I love the idea of using tootsie pops for the stems. How fantastic. Thank you for sharing! :)

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