Getting Ready For Thanksgiving

pumpkin-cake
This dessert will make a great center piece in your Thanksgiving feast.

Pumpkin Cake

Ingredients:
2 packages spice cake mix
6 eggs
1 can (15 oz.) solid-pack pumpkin
2/3 cup canola oil
2/3 cup evaporated milk
2 cups (12 oz.) vanilla baking chips
2 cups (16 oz.) vanilla frosting
Red, yellow and green paste or liquid food coloring
1 cup flaked coconut

Method:
In a large bowl, combine the cake mixes, eggs, pumpkin, oil and milk; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Stir in chips. Fill two greased muffin cups two-thirds full. Pour remaining batter into two greased and floured 12 inch fluted tube pans. Cakes must be baked in identical cake pans or baked in batches.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes for cupcakes and 40-45 minutes for cakes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 25 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Level the bottom of each cake. Spread one cake bottom with frosting; put cake bottoms together to form a pumpkin. Set aside. Combine red and yellow food coloring to make orange; tint about three-fourths of the frosting. Tint remaining frosting green.
Place one cupcake right side up in the center of the cake to support the stem. Put a dollop of green frosting on the cupcake and top with an upside down cupcake; frost with green frosting. Frost the cake with orange frosting. Let stand, uncovered, until frosting is slightly firm, about 30 minutes.
To create texture, place textured paper towel over frosting and press lightly, then remove.
Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert round tip. Fill bag with green frosting. Pipe curly vines from pumpkin stem and base. Prepare another bag with green frosting insert #352 leaf tip. Hold bag at 45 degree angle, pipe leaves randomly along the vines. Combine coconut with green food color and sprinkle around base of cake.

Yield: 12-16 servings

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Getting Ready For Thanksgiving

no-fuss-pumpkin-cake
A great alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie.

No Fuss Pumpkin Cake

Ingredients:
1 package yellow cake mix
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
3 eggs
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened

Method:
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin pie spice; beat on low for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into a greased 15 in. x 10 in. x 1 in. baking pan.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

In a small bowl, beat frosting and cream cheese until smooth; spread over cake. Store in refrigerator

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Getting Ready For Thanksgiving

cinnamon-pumpkin-cake
This is a great desert after your Thanksgiving feast.

Cinnamon Pumpkin Cake

Ingredients:
1 package yellow cake mix
1 can (15 oz.) solid-pack pumpkin
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
½ cup egg substitute
1/3 cup water
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
2 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons fat-free milk

Method:
In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pumpkin, sugar, eggs, egg substitute, water, applesauce, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and nutmeg. Beat on low speed 30 seconds; beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into a 10 inch fluted tube pan coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 65-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
In a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, remaining cinnamon and enough milk to achieve desired drizzling consistency. Drizzle over cake.

Yield: 14 servings

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Fun Food For Halloween

halloween-pumpkin-cake
The perfect cake for your Halloween Party. Everyone will enjoy this pumpkin.

Halloween Pumpkin Cake

Oil or melted butter, for greasing
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
¾ cup unsalted butter, softened
Generous ¾ cup light brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups coarsely grated pumpkin flesh

Topping:
3 tablespoons apricot jelly, warmed
A few drops of orange and black food colorings
1 lb. 12 oz. / 800 g ready-to-roll fondant
Black, green and yellow writing icing

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and line a 9 inch round, deep cake pan.

Sift the flour, baking powder and pumpkin pie spice into a bowl and add the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract. Beat well until smooth, then stir in the pumpkin.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan and spread the top level. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-50 minutes, or until well risen, firm and golden brown. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to finish cooling.

Brush the cake with the warmed apricot jelly. Knead orange food coloring into about three quarters of the fondant and roll out to cover the top and side of the cake. Trim the edges neatly, reserving the trimmings.

Form the trimmings into small pumpkin shapes, then use the black writing icing to pipe faces and the green writing icing to pipe stalks onto them. Knead black food coloring into the remaining fondant, then roll it out and cut into bat shapes. Pipe eyes onto the bats using yellow writing icing, then place the pumpkins and bats onto the cake to decorate. Serves 10.

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