Pumpkin Pie Cake and Cupcakes


I am not a huge Pumpkin fan but I do like pumpkin cake, cupcakes and pumpkin lattes. I do have friends and clients that love pumpkin and so I make pumpkin cakes and cupcakes for them.

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 can of pumpkin purée, not pie filling

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour 2 eight inch cake pans or line cupcake tins with liners.

In a bowl whisk together flour, baking soda and powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice.

In a mixing bowl, combine brown and granulated sugars, oil and eggs. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Add pumpkin purée.

Divide batter into 2 cake pans or equally into cupcake liners that are filled half way full. Bake for 20-24 minutes for cupcakes. For cake bake 24-30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool completely on a cooling racks.

Cream Cheese Frosting:
1 stick of butter
1 8 ounce package of cream cheese
1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 pound of powdered sugar

Beat butter and cream cheese until combined and smooth. Add vanilla. Slowly add in powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Double this recipe for cupcakes.

**The cake pictured was made in a pumpkin mold cake pan.

Adapted from Martha Stewart.

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Snickers Overload Cheesecake


October Assignment: CANDY! This was easy. I love chocolate and I love cheesecakes. This was a delicious naughty good cheesecake. No tricks with this cheesecake, it was a treat to eat!

Crust:
1 package of Oreo cookies, not double stuff
4 Tablespoons butter, melted

Place on package of Oreo cookies in a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs. Combine with butter and place in a springform pan that has been sprayed with Pam. Place pan in freezer to set crust while you prepare the cheesecake.

Cheesecake:
3 8 ounce blocks of cream cheese
1 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon vanilla
11/2 Tablespoon cornstarch
3/4 cup sour cream
3 eggs
1 Fun Size package of Snickers candy bars, cut in quarters

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whip softened cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and blend well. Add vanilla, cornstarch, eggs and sour cream. Mix to combine. Cut 1 package of Fun Size Snickers Bars with kitchen shears into fourths. Add to mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Pour into crust and bake for 1 hour. If your cheesecake is not set in the center after an hour, turn oven off and close the oven door. Leave the cheesecake in the oven for an additional hour with the oven turned off. Remove from oven and cool completely. Once cheesecake has cooled, place in refrigerator for 5-6 hours. Best if it’s overnight.

To decorate top:
Whip cream
1 bag bite size Snickers Candy Bars
1 bag of Snickers Fun Size Bag of candy bars
1/2 or more jar of caramel ice cream topping

Pour caramel sauce over top surface of cooled cheesecake. Pipe whip cream flowers using a Wilton 1M tip around outside edge of cheesecake and place bite size Snickers bars on whip cream flowers. Build a centerpiece with additional Snickers bars in the center of the cheesecake. Keep refrigerated until you ready to dive in. Enjoy!

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