Thursday, October 7, 2010


Shirley of Pastry Passion

I am so excited to present you my talented friend Shirley.  We just took a class together a few weeks ago and is always a pleasure spend time with her and talk about our love for cakes. 

Hi everyone! I’m thrilled and excited to be part of Kathia’s 28 Days of Sweet Halloween  Ideas.  Kathia and I met at one of the classes of the New York City Cake Decorators Group and since then, we’ve clicked and been sharing anything about cakes.  I’m a pastry chef by profession and currently reside in NY.   I also own a bakery in the Philippines named Pastry Passion.  In today’s post, I’d like to share with you my trick of “sculpting” pumpkins without the intimidating task of actually carving them.  All you need is your good old bundt pan (the 9” one if you want it large, or 4” individual, if you want it mini) and this would definitely do the trick. 
1 box cake mix (any brand and any flavor)
1 recipe Wilton Vanilla Buttercream (see Wilton website for recipe)
1 lb. store bought Wilton white fondant
Orange coloring
Black coloring
Green Coloring for the stem


4 to 6 pieces-Individual Bundt Pan (4”)
0R 2-Large Bundt Pan (9”)


1. Mix cakes as directed in the cake mix recipe. Pour batter into individual bundt pans. Bake until done.

      Spackle the 2 bundt cakes with Vanilla buttercream and position them upside down.  
Crumb coat the cakes.

      Tint your fondant with different colors: orange, black, green, etc. (You can play with the colors of your pumpkins---depends on your creativity and style.)
Cover your cakes with fondant. 
 I also used a veining tool to sculpt/enhance the ridges of the cake

 Optional: Airbrush the orange pumpkin to enhance the ridges/lines of the sculpted cake.

 Make the eyes, nose, mouth and stem.

Serve the cakes on your cake platter

Thank you  Shirley for sharing this sweet idea with us!
 I am sure you all enjoy it.


Sue said...

Very cute! I even have a some mini bundt pans!

The Cooking Photographer said...

Kathia you have talented friends! These are adorable!!!

ButterYum said...

Very, very nicely done. They look so professional that you can't really tell they're cake!


mary had a little cake said...

Shirley, those are great! Very clever idea. I love the stand...I just bought one like that in Marshalls.

Chef Bee said...

Too great to eat, almost. Thank you so much for sharing such talent.

Plan B

Shirley Santos-Yanga said...

Hi Kathia! Just want to thank you again for including me in your Halloween Series. It was indeed a pleasure making these minis.


@ Mary-Nice to finally meet you here. I'm also a fan of your work!

SparklingMinx said...

Those are so sweet, I'd love to make them, just need bundt tins =)

Maranda said...

Those are so adorable! I can't wait to give them a try. Now I just need mini bundts.

Luisa said...

Sorprendentes¡¡¡ Super originales¡¡¡¡
Me encanta la fiesta de halloween... es una pena que en España no se viva igual que en Estados Unidos.

Besitos Luisa

Kate H. said...

Those are too cute!

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