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Witch’s Hat Pound Cake

  • Prep Time: 90 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Servings: 8 to 10
  • Course: Dessert

Slice this frosted pound cake to find a magical surprise!

Reynolds Kitchens® Tips

Reynolds Kitchens tip

This project requires a double bake. During the second bake, the center will contain already baked cake surrounded by batter. As a result, the total bake time in the final cake may be less than usual.


  • For the Cake
  • 2 boxes (16 oz.) pound cake mix1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder2- 2 1/2 inch witch hat cookie cutter
  • For the Frosting
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar2 tablespoons orange juice1/2 cup pepitas or pistachios 


Step 1

PREHEAT oven to 350°F.

Step 2

PREPARE one of the pound cake mixes as instructed on the box instructions. Add the cocoa powder to the batter then mix to fully combine. Transfer to Reynolds® Bakeware Loaf Pan, then bake as instructed on the box instructions.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes, remove from pan, then transfer to the freezer to cool completely.

Step 3

CUT the entire loaf into thick, 1 1/2-inch slices. Using a witch hat-shaped cookie cutter, cut shapes out of the center of each of the slices.

Step 4

PREPARE the second pound cake mix as instructed on the box instructions. Pour a thin layer of batter on to the bottom of a Reynolds® Bakeware Loaf Pan.

Step 5

STACK the witch hats upright, inside the pan, in a straight line on top of the batter. Carefully pour the remaining batter on the sides and then on top of the witch hats. Make sure the witch hats are fully covered.

Step 6

BAKE the pound cake as instructed on the box instructions. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 15 minutes, remove from pan and cool completely.

Step 7

WHISK the powdered sugar and orange juice in a large bowel until fully combined and smooth. Pour the icing over the top of the pound cake. Use a spatula to smooth. Sprinkle on pepitas and/or pistachios.

Step 8

SLICE the cake into 3/4 –inch pieces before serving. The sliced cake will showcase the surprise witch hat inside.

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