This Great Cake Contest entry was submitted by lanebk1198 from Frisco, Texas: I made this for a child's Halloween themed birthday party. It is a 2 tier round cake with a pumpkin topper done in Halloween colors.
Prepare cake mixes according to package directions, replacing the oil in the directions with the same amount of applesauce. Bake 2 8" rounds, 2 10" rounds, and 2 pumpkin halves.
Prepare buttercream frosting. One batch equals 6 cups of frosting. In mixer, combine 2 cups shortening, 2 lbs. powdered sugar, 2 tsp. vanilla, 2 tsp. butter flavor, and 1/4 cup water. Mix on low until combined. Add small amounts of water until the frosting has a smooth, creamy consistency. Mix on medium for 2-3 minutes. Put frosting into smaller plastic containers and add coloring to each.
Frost tops of round cakes purple, sides of round cakes green. Use round tip #7 to make yellow swirl designs on the green sides. Use round tip #10 to make dot border around tops and bottoms of round cakes. Frost the pumpkin orange, then add the marshmallow on top using a toothpick for a stem. Use round tip #7 to create vines and leaves on top. Use round tip #5 to create pumpkins face.
Color fondant purple. Roll out and use cookie cutters to create name for the side of the cake.