Thursday, October 15, 2009

Try This! Thursday - Mini Pumpkin Cakes

It seems over the last few weeks, I have featured nothing but recipes on Thursdays. So, I decided to deem Thursday, "Try This! Thursday". "Try This! Thursday" may feature arts and crafts, or recipes, or something completely random that I think you should try!

Today I am featuring "Mini Pumpkin Cakes". The pictures of the "Mini Pumpkin Cakes" on the cover of "Southern Living" is the whole reason why I bought the magazine in the first place. So, if you have a Halloween party coming up, these would be the most perfect desserts! Get a pen and a piece of paper & jot this recipe down!

Mini Pumpkin Cakes

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Yield: Makes 8 pumpkins

-3/4 cup butter, softened
-1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened
-2 cups sugar
-2 large eggs
-1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
-3 cups all-purpose flour
-1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-Caramel-Rum Glaze*
-Or Vanilla Glaze
-Caramel Stems, Leaves, and Vines (optional, instructions below)

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Stir in pumpkin and vanilla.

2. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients; gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended. Spoon batter into 2 lightly greased pumpkin-shaped muffin pans, filling three-fourths full.

3. Bake at 350° for 24 to 26 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 5 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks, and cool completely (about 30 minutes).

4. Cut rounded tops off muffins to make them flat. Invert top muffins onto bottom muffins, forming pumpkins. Drizzle Caramel-Rum Glaze over pumpkins. Decorate with Caramel Stems, Leaves, and Vines, if desired.

*Vanilla Glaze may be substituted.

Press 1 caramel between fingers, lengthening to 1 1/2 to 2 inches to form a stem. Curl stem gently.

Roll caramels into 2-inch squares on a flat surface, using a rolling pin. Cut into leaves, using a paring knife. Gently press tips of leaves to flatten, if desired. Score leaves, using a paring knife. Pinch bottoms of leaves together.

Cut 1 caramel into 3 equal pieces. Squeeze each piece gently to flatten, and roll between hands or on a flat surface into a long thin rope. Twist ends to curl.

Note: We tested with Wilton Dimensions Multi-Cavity Mini Pumpkin Pans. Only have one pan? Bake batter in two batches, washing and drying pan between batches.

Picture & Recipe courtesy of Southern Living [DOT] Com

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our b life said...

Holy Crap are those cute. I must try.

Samantha said...

They are cute & they look really tasty too! :)

Jenny said...

Those are adorable!

MrsM said...

Wow-I'll definitely have to try those. Maybe I'll bring them to the parent's Halloween party!

Samantha said...

I'm definitely gonna try them! They look so good :) They're the cutest thing for a Halloween Party!

Ida Red (aka Richele) said...

Don't you love making those?! When I made them they were a BIG hit. However, I will have to say your cakes look better than mine. LOL. I am going to be making them again this year...not sure if I will do the mini or make one big one yet.