Recipe of the Week: Sweet Jack-o’-laterns

I got this really cute treat in my email last week, and I thought it would be a great recipe to feature as the recipe of the week. The idea comes from Taste of home and they call them Sweet Jack-o’-lanterns. These would be such a great treat to take to a school Halloween party or serve at home.

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that I love sweet treats, especially if they are easy to make and decorate (since I’m not much of an artist), and this definitely fits that mold. It’s something you can make even if you’re short on time, and it’s easy enough that you could even get the kids in on the action. And you can make something that’s very fun and professional looking without spending a lot of money and without having to be a culinary artist. Excellent!

1 package (18-1/4 ounces) yellow cake mix or cake mix of your choice
3-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
3 tablespoons butter, softened
2/3 to 3/4 cup milk
1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons orange paste food coloring
12 gumdrops
12 black jujubes
Directions: Prepare and bake cake according to package directions for cupcakes. Fill 24 greased muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. For frosting, in a small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar, butter and enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Stir in food coloring. Cut a thin slice off the top of each cupcake. Spread frosting on 12 cupcakes. Invert remaining cupcakes and place on top; frost top and sides. For stems, place one gumdrop on each pumpkin. Cut jujubes into thin slices; use a bottom slice for each mouth. From remaining slices, cut one large triangle and two smaller ones. Position two small triangles and a large triangle on each cupcake for eyes and nose. Yield: 1 dozen.


  1. Oh I love this just perfect for Halloween Jerri!

    Rosie x

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