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Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

Monday, November 23rd, 2009
Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

If you are seeking the perfect dessert to serve this Thanksgiving, look no further.  This is the perfect twist on your classic Pumpkin Pie.  The filling is very similar to pumpkin pie, perhaps a bit sweeter, but also a bit creamier.  The crust is soft and extremely buttery.  The combination of the two create an amazing mouthfeel and offer a satisfyingly sweet end to a rich Thanksgiving dinner.

The Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake sits amongst my favorite all time desserts.  After serving it to family and friends, I imagine it sits at the top for many people.  Since this is a classic Paula Deen recipe, you shouldn’t be too surprised at how rich it actually is.  And like the name implies, it is not lacking in butter.

But, it is Thanksgiving after all.  It is the one time of year you are expected to overindulge.  Oh Paula Deen and your butter rich recipes…you kill me.   

Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake
Ingredients:

Cake:

  • 1 (18 1/4-ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted

Filling:

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:

1.)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.)  Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.

3.)  To make the filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter, and beat together. Next, add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mix well. Spread pumpkin mixture over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to overbake as the center should be a little gooey.

4.)  Serve your Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake with fresh whipped cream.

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Thanksgiving Cookies

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

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With the holidays sneaking up on me, I haven’t had much time to post.  Ok, that is a lie – it has nothing to do with the holidays – I’ve simply been busy with other projects.    But regardless of my excuse, the holidays are right around the corner…

I posted these Thanksgiving cookies because they came out so darn cute.  I used a basic sugar cookie recipe, cutting them out in the shapes of leaves and acorns.  I made several batches of colored icing in red, orange, yellow, green and two shades of brown.  Very fall appropriate colors. 

After icing the Thanksgiving cookies, I sprinkled color cordinating sanding sugars on the top – very pretty.   You can get these sanding sugars at your local craft store.

The cookies sparkled in the sun and were completely gobbled up before the party was over.

New York Yankees Cake

Monday, November 9th, 2009
Finished Yankees Cake

Finished Yankees Cake

Growing up in the Cleveland area can be a nightmare for a sports fan.  “There’s always next year” is our regular end of season moto.  Cleveland has had the longest sports championship drought out of any other U.S. city.  1964 was the last time Cleveland, Ohio saw a championship team, when the Browns won the NFL Championship.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have some very exciting players and make it to the playoffs regularly, but can’t  seal the deal. In 1948 the Cleveland Indians last won the World Series…one can see the pattern of our sports teams. 

The New York Yankees are a team either loved or loathed by people.  This could have something to do with the Yankees leading Major League Baseball in both revenue and titles. 27 World Series titles, 40 American League penants and some of the most celebrated players (Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, and Yogi Berra) is an impressive and intimidating resume. I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised when I was asked to create a Yankees theme birthday cake for a long time fan.

Fondant Mitt and royal Icing Baseballs

Fondant Mitt and Royal Icing Baseballs

The Yankees cake was decorated using Marshmallow Fondant and Royal Icing.  Royal Icing is tempermental in its consistency, but when right it can make the most fabulous decorations.  I used royal icing on a few areas of this cake…the stitching on the baseballs and the actual baseballs along its sides. 

To create the baseballs, I piped royal icing onto a silpat and let it dry overnight.  Before lifting the baseballs with an offset spatula, I detailed them with a bit of red royal icing stitching.  Marshmallow Fondant was used to make the Yankees logo and baseball mitt.  The mitt was hand sculpted and painted.  This Yankees cake was perfect for any sports fan’s birthday and could be transformed to represent any team…even the Cleveland Indians.

PAWSibilities Reminder

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Quick reminder to tune into Time Warner Cable Channel 23
November 8, 2009, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm for the Humane Society of Greater Akron’s…

“Imagine the PAWSibilities”

LifeWithCake will be participating in this event to help the animals of the Greater Akron – we encourage you to take part in this event as well.  Tune in, and make your donation tomorrow, Sunday, November 8.

For more information, click here to visit the Humane Society of Greater Akron today.

If you live in the Northeast Ohio area, please tune in!

Pumpkin Cupcakes

Thursday, November 5th, 2009
Pumpkin Cupcakes

Pumpkin Cupcakes

This morning I awoke to our first real hard frost, I must admit it saddened me. October and Halloween are over. The leaves have all fallen and there is a nip in the air.  As a native Ohioan one would think I would be accustomed to the arrival of “The Snow”.  Well, this is just not the case.

Along with snow comes wet boots, cold hands and feet, warming up the car, scraping the windshield, shoveling, and the awful truth that it will be dark before 6.   Am I ready? Probably not.  Do I have a choice? Definitely not.  So I better learn to make the best of it. 

One thing that I know will cheer me up is the fact I can bake till my heart’s content. The oven can be on for hours and my kitchen will feel and smell warm and toasty.  Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cranberries and nuts come out to play this time of year. 

With Thanksgiving being just around the corner, I plan to experiment with all things pumpkin.  I just love pumpkin.  Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cake, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin moon pies, pumpkin bread pudding and the list goes on and on.

On that note… I made some very tasty pumpkin cupcakes for my family and friends over Halloween weekend.  I personally feel like they are an anytime cupcake and even good enough to eat without frosting.  This recipe is also one that can be modified easily to give it that personal touch.  Enjoy!

Pumpkin Cupcakes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour, sift before measuring
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten until frothy
  • 1 ½  cup mashed cooked or canned pumpkin
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Preparation:

1.)   Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg into a bowl.

2.)   Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy; beat in eggs. Blend in mashed pumpkin.

3.)   Stir in the sifted dry ingredients alternately with the buttermilk, blending until batter is smooth after each addition; stir in chopped walnuts or pecans.

4.)   Spoon batter into well-greased and floured or paper-lined muffin pan cups. Fill about 2/3 full.

5.)   Bake at 375° for 25 minutes, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool.

6.)    Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting, Whipped Cream, or leave plain. Makes about 24 cupcakes.

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Goodbye October

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

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