Readers of Frank Spotnitz's Big Light Blog will know that X-Files fans have a penchant for mixing baking and the paranormal and not to be outdone we thought it long overdue that Millennium had a cake of its own, and now it does. Our good friend Laura, of the superb podcast Spooktalkular, donned her industrial strength oven gloves and borrowed Ricardo Clements' microwave oven for a spot of something wholesome. Want to celebrate the spooky season with an edible version of Frank's Jack-O-Lantern. Over to Laura...


1 box of Trick or Treat cake mix.
1 Pumpkin cake mold.
1 Can of white frosting or make your own (recipe below).
Yellow and red food coloring.
1 Tube of cake icing to decorate the face of the pumpkin cake or you can use a ziploc bag and fill it with your icing, snip the end off and pipe it onto the cake.
Last but not least 1 artistic soul who made this cake with lots and lots of love!


Homemade frosting recipe:

1 cup shortening
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar (sifted)
4 tablespoons milk


Preheat your oven to usually 325 or 350 degrees according to the directions on the box.
Grab a mixing bowl and mix your cake according to directions. Grease and flour your cake pan, I use Pam spray or something similar. Pour the mix into the cake pan and pop it into the oven and bake according to the directions on the box.

When it is done and while it is cooling mix up your frosting. I used two bowls, one for mixing the stem color and one for the actual pumpkin color. For the stem color, I used green food coloring but it is your preference as how to how dark or light of a green you want to use for the stem. I used several drops of green until I had my right color. I also dropped a few drops onto the frosting on the stem and used a toothpick to streak it through the stem to give it that authentic vine look... don't think you can actually tell in the picture but it did look pretty cool.

Next I mixed up the orange frosting for the pumpkin color. Now for this, the box of food coloring said to use 12 yellow drops and 4 red but that is really too bright of an orange so I adjusted it according to how dark of an orange I wanted it and I think it turned out pretty well. So, after frosting the cake I began to decorate the face. I used chocolate icing for the "carving" and I used the small cake decorating tubes to make it a bit easier but like I said you can also do the same thing with a ziploc baggie.

And there you have it. One way to celebrate Halloween, Millennium-style. I'm sure you will agree with me that Laura did some amazing work and I know you will join with me in wishing her and Frank a wonderfully, spooky Halloween. They wouldn't have it any other way I'm sure!

This post is dedicated to our good friend Josef in honour of the keen eye he has cast over the X-Files Cakes over the last year. This one's for you!


Anonymous said... October 27, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Seriously? This is the best cake EVER!!! :D Thank you for sharing this wondrous idea. Can't wait to try it.

Paul said... October 28, 2009 at 6:54 AM

How wonderful. Happy Halloween Laura, are we all round to yours for cake and coffee and maybe an episode of Millennium or two?

Jósef Karl said... October 28, 2009 at 9:39 AM

Great cake, Laura.

Far more professional of those X-Philes managed to sneak into the Big Light mailbag.

And who can even eat something that is toxic green in color!?

This looks far more yummy, although I wouldn't even dream of trying to bake it myself. I think I'll blow up the house or something.

Cheers from Iceland!
- Jósef

frankblack13 said... October 28, 2009 at 7:01 PM

very cool, do you have a vegan version of this recipe?

Anonymous said... October 28, 2009 at 7:38 PM

Wow that's awesome. Wish I could bake lol. Happy Halloween Laura!

The Old Man said... October 29, 2009 at 1:51 AM

We never saw Frank eat much besides an occasional sandwich (that I recall!), so I think Frank would have loved a slice of this cake!

June said... October 29, 2009 at 5:29 AM

pretty cake, very tasty!!!!!!

Spooktalklaura said... October 29, 2009 at 7:22 AM

Thanks everyone for your kind words about the cake. I appreciate all your comments and yes the cake was very tasty! ;) It wasn't that hard and I am sure everyone could do it if I can. I had a lot of fun making it and was watching Millennium while doing it, not The Curse of Frank Black but Thirteen Years Later, another great episode.

Im afraid I do not have a vegan version of the recipe frankblack 13 I do not know anything about vegan cooking but am always willing to learn! :)

Josef, I will take on the baking and you keep up with the videos and lets show those X-Philes!!! :)

Seriously I really appreciate Mark for asking me to do this and was honored that he had thought of me. I love baking and anytime we need anything baked for Millennium Im your girl! It may not be the best looking but everything I do is from the heart, I think with my heart and put all of it into everything I do...I think this campaign has the best, most passionate, loving people on earth!

Thanks once again for the kind words and compliments!

This is Who We Are!! :)


Wave_Crest said... October 30, 2009 at 1:52 PM

Lovely looking cake Laura! Bet that's full of low calories!

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