I can think of no other holiday with as much whimsy as Halloween. Being the lead off to the long holiday season I find Halloween is embraced with all the orange and black people can muster. After all who does not enjoy the idea of assuming a new personae for a day? I myself dress up annually and my costumes have ranged far and wide.
When my family first became gluten free, I felt I’d be baking a lot from scratch. No more ordering birthday cakes from a local bakery. And with that I wanted to make sure the occasions were as festive as when we did eat gluten. Decorative cake pans did a lot of that for me until I discovered so many gluten free options in recipes and mixes (though I still love the novelty of the unique baking pans!). I frankly had no idea there were so many selections available from either Nordicware or Wilton (the latter perfect especially for younger children’s birthday parties).
The first holiday that befell us after my children and I became gluten free was Halloween. I did not bake Halloween cakes when we did eat gluten but the variety of pumpkin pans were irresistible to me. This Pumpkin Patch Pan has been in high rotation over the years, turning out a variety of cakes with this recipe being a favorite and one synonymous with the Halloween season (though it’s great for Thanksgiving too). It’s a simple, moist pumpkin spice cake; light and singing the flavors of the season!
Should you not want to invest in the specialty pan, these can certainly be made as regular cupcakes, perhaps frosted with your favorite frosting (or this Orange Cream Cheese Frosting) and a little candy pumpkin; or simply glazing as I have here with seasonal decorating sugars. They make an unusual treat, and one enjoyed by children and adults alike.
Orange Rum Glaze
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 tablespoon dark rum
- ½ teaspoon pure orange extract
- 1 tablespoon water
- Juice of ½ small lemon
Add all ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat until fully combined. Cakes can be glazed multiple times depending on how thick you wish the glaze to be.
To Glaze: use a large soup dining spoon, and drizzle the glaze around the pumpkin, starting at the top allowing it to drip down in the crevices on the sides. I suggest doing so on an interim plate and moving them to a final serving dish to avoid pools of glaze at the base of the pumpkins. If desiring to do additional layers of glaze, allow first layer to set and repeat. Add any decorative sprinkles or sugar before the glaze dries.