Chocolate Halloween Pumpkins – 1965

Posted on Oct 7 2013 - 2:30pm by RetroRuth

Pumpkin Cakes Betty Crocker Holidays On Parade 1965001

Chocolate Halloween Pumpkins
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 t baking powder
  • ½ t salt
  • 1` t almond flavoring
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pan. Mix dry ingredients in large mixer bowl; blend in shortening, flavoring, milk, egg yolks and chocolate. Beat 3 mins on medium speed or 450 vigorous strokes. Pour batter into pan.
  3. Bake 65 to 70 mins or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 mins in pan, then turn out on rack and cool completely.
  4. For Pumpkins:
  5. Prepare batter for chocolate loaf cake except pour batter into 24 paper-lined muffing cups ½ full. Bake at 400 degrees for 18 to 20 mins.
  6. Blend ⅔ cup soft margarine and 6 cups sifted powdered sugar. Stir in 3 t vanilla and about 6 T cream until smooth. Tint with food coloring to color orange.
  7. Cut small slice of cupcake from top to level. Invert cupcake on fork and frost to resemble a pumpkin. Use wooden pick to score sides and a small piece of green gumdrop for the stem. Makes 2 dozen


Pumpkin Cakes Betty Crocker Holidays On Parade 1965001

Pumpkin Cakes Betty Crocker Holidays On Parade 1965 II002

From Betty Crocker Holidays on Parade, 1965

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4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Dan October 8, 2013 at 8:58 am - Reply

    These little artificially-colored-partially-hydrogenated-trans-fat-laden bombs scare me more than even the most nauseating gelatin recipe. To camouflage the cylindrical cakes so they look like round pumpkins must take huge gobs of that frosting, and, let’s face it, buttercream it ain’t! I imagine a person finishing one of these would have a quick burst of irritability and then fall slowly into a drowsy, hazy trance.

  2. Lisa B. October 8, 2013 at 11:19 am - Reply

    True, Dan, true.
    But they are SO cute.

  3. Meem October 8, 2013 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Everyone likes a treat on Halloween.

  4. Dan October 8, 2013 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    Trick or treat, smell my feet
    Give me frosting globs to eat
    If you don’t, I don’t care
    I’ll eat candy corn elsewhere!

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