so here's what i love most about thanksgiving time...
i used a pumpkin cake recipe from martha stewart, but i beefed up the spice, adding more cinnamon, some fresh grated ginger, a solid punch of nutmeg, some real good quality irish butter, a little extra brown sugar and all natural maple syrup... i made a classic vanilla buttercream with a nice amount of cinnamon, and i let it sit and combine for a while, so the flavors would meld nicely... the result was a deliciously moist and buttery cake with a sweet spicy kick... DROOL... it was the crowd favorite... defiantly a keeper!
i also made a yummy caramel cake with a vanilla bean buttercream topped with toffee bits
i found the caramel cake recipe on a fellow bloggers site... actually a wonderful group of bakers used it this month as their "challenge"... i used a homemade salt caramel sauce to add to the cake, instead of using a store bought carmel syrup... and i think it was a great addition...
caramel cake recipe:
2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp coarse salt (i use my homemade vanillabean sea salt for this)
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temp
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup homemade salt caramel
1 cup whole milk
2 lrg. eggs
1. preheat your oven to 375, and prep your cupcake tins
2. in mixer, beat butter until creamy and gradually add 1 cup of the sugar to the butter, and beat until well combined and fluffy
3. add the caramel and beat well
4. combine all the dry ingredients in a medium bowl
5. gradually add the dry ingredients, alternating with the milk to the butter mixture (start with the dry and end with the dry)
6. in a small bowl whisk the eggs until foamy, then add in the remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar to them, and whisk until thickened
7. stir eggs into the batter until well combined, and then fill cupcake tins about 2/3 way full and bake 16-18 minutes
and finally i made a yummy rich chocolate cake (recipe in a previous post) with vanilla and chocolate kahlua buttercreams and topped with a coffee flavored malt ball
and here's some pictures of all the minis
all in all it was a wonderful day at mom and dad's... we had a amazing dinner, great conversation, followed by great company when a ton of the family showed up for dessert... and then when everyone left mom broke out the turkey, stuffing and homemade cranberry sauce and made us all sandwiches... now that's my favorite part of the day...