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Peekaboo pumpkin pound cake with a surprise in every slice

Sandra Denneler is a SheKnows Expert who's been making and doing her entire life. Growing up, her favorite book was the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia's Childcraft Volume 11, Make and Do. An art director at Wichita State University, Sandra...

This clever pumpkin pound cake 'trick' is really easy to pull off

We know about the Halloween tricks, and we know about the Halloween treats. But what about a fall-inspired sweet that's a little bit of column A and a little bit of column B? When you think of it that way, making a peekaboo pumpkin pound cake is kind of genius. It being both a trick and a treat, your guests will get a kick out of seeing the tasty "surprise" in every slice.

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This clever pumpkin pound cake 'trick' is really easy to pull off
Image: Sandra Denneler/design by Liz Smith/SheKnows


Peekaboo pumpkin pound cake with brown butter pecan icing recipe

Ingredients:

For the pound cake

  • 1 (14-ounce) box pumpkin bread mix
  • 1 (16-ounce) box pound cake mix
  • Orange food coloring

For the icing

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter
  • 3-1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Directions:

1. Prepare the pumpkin bread

Mix up the pumpkin bread ingredients according to the directions on the box. Add orange food coloring to make it more "pumpkin-y" looking (less brown).

This clever pumpkin pound cake 'trick' is really easy to pull off
Image: Sandra Denneler/Getty Images

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2. Bake and cut

Bake in a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan according to the directions. Remove from the oven before completely done, about 8 – 10 minutes less than instructed. Let cool, remove from the pan, and refrigerate for up to 4 hours. Cut the cold pumpkin bread into large slices. Cut out pumpkin shapes from the slices.

This clever pumpkin pound cake 'trick' is really easy to pull off
Image: Sandra Denneler/Getty Images

Align them down the center of a lightly greased and floured 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.

This clever pumpkin pound cake 'trick' is really easy to pull off
Image: Sandra Denneler/Getty Images

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