October 31, 2013

Great Pumpkin Cookies

With a hectic fall and only just getting over morning sickness, I just haven’t had the time to make any fall cookies {yet}.

So I thought I’d share this year’s version of a Halloween Classic, Great Pumpkin Cookies!! 

My boys felt very strongly about choosing pink and blue for their colors this year (maybe they’re thinking baby?)  And they had a blast decorating with Halloween colored sprinkles, bones (I think I found then at Michael’s last year), and eyeballs!

 Happy Halloween!!

October 20, 2013

Fall Leaf Cake

This post originally appeared on my first blog, Amy's Cooking Adventures, in October 2012

I recently shared a delicious from scratch pumpkin cake, but I know not everyone likes to take the time (or hunt down all of the ingredients) to make a cake from scratch.  So if you’re short on time and only want to use a handful of ingredients, this is the pumpkin cake for you!

This cake was made for a fall themed bridal shower, along with some fun fall cookies!

I chose to use the doctored cake mix for this one because the cake had to travel 300+ miles and wait a day or two before being eaten. 

Did you know that a fondant covered cake can stay fresh for 3 days?  As a rule, I make and decorate my cakes just before pick up, so they’re as fresh as possible.  But in cases like this, it’s nice to know that the cake will still taste great even several days after baking and decorating. 

Because I knew it would be sitting out for a day or two, I also chose to frost this cake in a basic (Crisco based) buttercream frosting, topped with MM Fondant.  If this cake were to be eaten immediately, I would probably frost it in cream cheese frosting instead!  Either way, this cake is a delicious fall treat!

Easy Pumpkin Cake
Recipe from my Aunt, original source unknown

October 17, 2013

Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Frosting

This post originally appeared on my first blog, Amy's Cooking Adventures, in October 2013

I bake a lot of cakes, but I’m typically a doctor the cake mix type of gal.  But every once in a while, a recipe shows up that looks so incredible that I take the extra time a whip up a cake from scratch.

This cake was so amazing!  It was very reminiscent of carrot cake; moist and dense and delicious with a healthy slathering of cream cheese frosting.

Many times scratch cakes are criticized for being dry, but the pumpkin in this keeps it moist, making this a great place to start if you’ve never made a cake from scratch.  And it scratch cakes still aren’t your style, stay tuned, I’m sharing a cake mix pumpkin cake next!

Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Frosting
Adapted from Eat Cake for Dinner

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