recipe || pumpkin bundt cake

When one of your dearest ones has a 30th birthday and she has a deep love for the season of fall as you do, you make a pumpkin cake to celebrate her. It is the only right and appropriate thing to do.

And that is just what we did last night with our beautiful friend, Rachel. We feasted on Irish Stew, creamy mashed potatoes, and crusty bread with Kerrygold butter while we shared such good conversations, and we were all so very happy. We then lit our pumpkin candle and cut into this pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting and ventured into the sunroom to sit and enjoy the evening air. 

This cake was a delightful close to our meal. As pumpkin is, it was not overly sweet, so the cream cheese frosting adds a nice little topper of richness and sweet to complete the autumnal ensemble. It is a bundt cake and oftentimes bundt cakes can be rather dry, but this one is not. It's perfectly moist and good. I think next time I might a bit more vanilla to the frosting and perhaps another time, if I am craving more decadence, I'll add in some chocolate chunks, but it is lovely as it is and I wholeheartedly say "brava."

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Pumpkin Bundt Cake

2 1/4 cup sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

3 large eggs

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 can (15 ounces) pure pumpkin puree

Cream Cheese Frosting

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 tablespoon milk*

1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (optional)**

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 10-inch bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. 

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with an electric mixer, combine sugar and oil until thoroughly blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. 

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Add flour mixture to egg mixture alternately with pumpkin, beating well after each addition. 

Transfer batter to prepared bundt pan. Bake in preheated oven for 60-65 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.

Cool 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack. Remove pan and cool completely before preparing the cream cheese frosting. 

For the cream cheese frosting: In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a medium bowl with an electric mixer, combine cream cheese and butter; mixing until well-combined and fluffy -- about 2 minutes. Gradually add in confectioners' sugar. Once the confectioners' sugar is completely incorporated, mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Mix in vanilla and milk. If frosting appears to be too thick, slowly add in a little more milk until you reach the desired consistency. If desired, add pumpkin pie spice and mix until well-combined. Spoon over cooled cake.

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Recipe via My Baking Addiction

*I ended up using about 4 tablespoons of milk, but I added it one at a time. And I probably could have thinned it out a tad more to make it a bit more pourable.

**I left the pumpkin pie spice out because I just wanted the purity of the cream cheese.

recipe || champagne-vanilla cupcakes

There is always a reason to bake cupcakes, but when your sister and her boyfriend get back in town for school, your mom and little brother come for a visit and your little brother hasn't been to visit in 5 years, and it's your birthday and wedding anniversary month, I'd say the reasons to bake cupcakes are without argument.

If you've never made cupcakes with some sort of bubbly in them I encourage you to do so now. The alcohol bakes out and you are left with fluffy, light baby cakes that are perfect for any sort of party or shower or Thursday afternoon.

I prefer using Prosecco or another bubbly wine like Moscato because the flavor of champagne is not everyone's cup of tea. We chose to use a different icing recipe since the custard frosting was a bit more involved than we had time for and this buttercream frosting is tried and true.

Cupcake Recipe from Food Network*

Buttercream Frosting Recipe from Pinterest

*I used vanilla rather than the vanilla bean this time around

Pipe out some frosting and add a few decorative edible pearls and voila!, my darlings! Simple elegance in cupcake form.

Happy Baking, lovelies!