Jack-O-Lantern Treat Bucket Cake

jack-o-latern cake on a cake stand

5 from 11 reviews

Not a fan of fondant? No problem! This cute Halloween cake is almost all buttercream goodness.



For the bundt cakes:

For the vanilla buttercream frosting:

Other supplies:


  1. In a bowl, combine the milk and butter for the cake, and microwave using 20 second increments until you can stir the mixture smooth.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low until just combined. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
  3. Pour into two well-greased 6 cup bundt pans. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine the water and granulated sugar for the frosting over high heat and bring to a boil, cooking until the sugar becomes clear. While the syrup cooks, whip your egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  5. Pour the sugar syrup into the egg whites (with the mixer on high) and whip until cooled to room temperature.
  6. Decrease the mixer to low, add the butter and vanilla extract, and continue beating on high until the frosting is thick and smooth.
  7. Reduce the mixer to low, add the orange food coloring and continue beating on low for 5 minutes.
  8. Spread the frosting onto the flat side of one of the bundt cakes. Top with the other bundt cake.
  9. Spread a thin layer of frosting around the entire outside of the cake. Use your spatula to create grooves to guide your piping later.
  10. Refrigerate until the frosting is firm.
  11. Spoon the remaining frosting into a piping bag with a medium-size round tip (like a Wilton 2A). Pipe ridges onto the cake between the grooves you created.
  12. Refrigerate the cake until the frosting “crusts.”
  13. Remove the cake from the refrigerator and use your fingers to gently rub the ridges smooth.
  14. Refrigerate the cake again until the frosting is firm.
  15. Roll out the black fondant on a powered sugar-dusted surface and use a small pairing knife to cut out the nose, eyes and mouth.
  16. Place the fondant on the cake and trace around them with your knife. Remove the fondant and use your knife to carve out the eye, nose and mouth area.
  17. Gently press the fondant back into the carved out areas.
  18. Top with candies, sprinkles and a clean, black wire for the handle.



Keywords: halloween cake, jack o lantern cake, pumpkin cake