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Chocolate Halloween Pumpkins

Yields1 Serving

 1 ½ cups flour
 1 cup sugar
 2 tsp baking powder
 ½ tsp salt
 1 tsp almond extract
 ½ cup shortening
 ¾ cup milk
 4 egg yolks
 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
For Frosting
  cup softened butter or margarine
 6 cups sifted powder sugar
 3 tsp vanilla
 6 tbsp cream
 Orange food coloring and green gumdrops
For Chocolate Loaf Cake

Heat oven to 350 degrees.


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.


Bake 65 to 70 mins or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 mins in the pan, then turn out on a rack and cool completely.

For Pumpkins

Prepare batter for chocolate loaf cake except pour batter into 24 paper-lined muffin cups ½ full. Bake at 400 degrees for 18 to 20 mins.


Cut a small slice of cupcake from top to level. Invert cupcake on fork and frost to resemble a pumpkin. Use a wooden pick to score sides and a small piece of green gumdrop for the stem.
Yield: Makes 2 dozen


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 the color orange.