Friday, October 12, 2007

Jack-o'-Lantern "Cake"

It's harvest time! And no better time to get in a 'pumpkin' state of mind. This is one of those adorable recipes you'll want to bake every year. It's super easy to make and perfect for your harvest or Halloween party. The only draw back is that every kid wants the eyes. Make sure to bring an extra package of cookies!

1 pkg. (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
1 pkg. (4-serving size) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding & Pie Filling
1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
4 drops yellow food coloring
1 drop red food coloring
1 pkg. (16 oz.) powdered sugar, sifted (4 to 4-1/2 cups)
1 Tbsp. green colored sugar
5 OREO Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, divided
2 JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows, cut in half

PREPARE cake batter as directed on package. Add dry pudding mix; mix well. Spoon evenly into 24 paper-lined medium muffin cups. Bake as directed on package for cupcakes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.
BEAT cream cheese, butter, vanilla and food coloring in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating well after each addition.
ARRANGE cupcakes on large serving platter or tray to resemble a stemmed pumpkin as shown in diagram. Spread with frosting. Use colored sugar to fill in the stem. Add 2 of the cookies for the jack-o'-lantern's eyes. Crush remaining 3 cookies; sprinkle over cake for the mouth. Arrange marshmallow halves in mouth for teeth. Store in refrigerator.

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