Sunday, October 28, 2012

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Posted by - Laura Loves Cakes

I was quite intrigued by a cake with pumpkin puree in as I've never baked with pumpkin before so I thought I'd give it a go.
The recipe for this cake also includes nutmeg, cinnamon, buttermilk and soft dark brown sugar, so overall along with the pumpkin the resulting cake was really moist. It also wasn't overly chocolately and the nutmeg and cinnamon gave it a nice warm flavour. It was slightly reminiscent of a ginger cake.
I used tinned pumpkin puree which you can get from Waitrose or even Amazon if you can't find it in the supermarket. If you've got the time or inclination you can also make your own pumpkin puree using a recipe such as this one.
Inbetween the cake layers is a tasty orange cream cheese frosting, you can find the recipe here. I really like the frosting and would certainly consider using it with other cakes. To make sure my cake wasn't wonky I also levelled the two bottom layers using a cake leveller which you can see above.
To finish off the cake I made some chocolate leaves which you can see in the second picture. They provided nice decoration and also added to the autumnal feel of the cake. The recipe for the cake and frosting can be found on the Country Living website.
This Chocolate Pumpkin Cake is my entry into this month's Calendar Cakes...and no surprises for guessing that the theme is Halloween!If you're making a Halloween bake in the next couple of days then we'd love for you to enter it into our Calendar Cakes challenge. Calendar Cakes is hosted jointly here at Laura Loves Cakes and also by Rachel over at Dolly Bakes. Rachel is hosting this month so check out the details here.

Frightfully Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes

Posted by - Michelle Sturges

  • I have not participated in the Have the Cake Challenge in a few months, but when I saw it was pumpkin themed, I had to do it!  I love this time of year with the pumpkin recipes and Halloween themed goodies!
I found this recipe on the Very Best Baking website.  They have such yummy looking stuff.

My granddaughter, Samantha had spent the night after the whole family watched the original "Halloween"movie.  The next morning, I asked if she wanted to help make cupcakes and she yelled "YES!"  I think she was excited!  She loves to bake with Grammy.  My daughter and the rest of  her family came over later.  She and her son, Austin helped to decorate the cupcakes.  I think for the decorating, I put orange food coloring in the icing and helped spread on.  The two of them did the rest.

The recipe was easy to do.  The chocolate and pumpkin blended great together and it was not too much a pumpkin flavor, just enough.

Frightfully Delicious Chocolate Cupcakes
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 12/ cups sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin (libby's 100% pure pumpkin)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk
3 large eggs
1-16 oz container prepared white frosting
Halloween decorations
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Paper-line 20 muffin cups
Microwave 1 cup morsels in small, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH for 1 minute; stir.  If necessary, microwave additional 10-15 second intervals just until morsels are melted.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.  Beat sugar, pumpkin, oil, milk and eggs in larger mixer bowl until smooth.  Beat in melted chocolate.  Stir in flour mixture.  Spoon into prepared muffin cups, filling 2/3 full.
Bake for 22-27 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 10 minutes; removed to racks to cool completely.  Frost cupcakes and decorate.

My daughter, Kelly, decorated these.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bars

Posted by - bakingaddict

It's October which means Halloween! On my recent trip to America, I bought a can of pumpkin puree and assorted Halloween goodies. Yes I know you can buy this in London but it's quite expensive here. Anyway, I was quite excited to bake with it as I've never used it before and I remember seeing this recipe on our recent Secret Recipe Club reveal which I'm also a member of.  It was on So Tasty, So Yummy's blog who in turn got it from Loving Life.

What can I say? Everyone loved it! It was delicious and moist, almost like a carrot cake with the spices but with a different texture. My kitchen smelled amazing when I baked this! I have to make this again even if I have to buy expensive pumpkin puree. Or perhaps they'll go on sale after Halloween? :) 

 My well travelled slightly squashed can of pumpkin puree 

 gorgeous colour! 

 ready to go in the oven 

 fresh from the oven 

Recipe adapted from So Tasty, So Yummy (I reduced the sugar amount and chocolate chips and it turned out beautifully) 

250g plain flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
225g butter
225g sugar
1 eff
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
300g chocolate chips 

  • Preheat oven to 180C. 
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  • Cream the butter and sugar in an electric mixer until pale and fluffy.  
  • Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. 
  • Add pumpkin puree. 
  • The mixture will appear curdled - don't worry! 
  • Reduce speed to low and add in dry ingredients. 
  • Finally, stir in chocolate chips.
  • Spread batter evenly in  a baking tray.
  • Bake for about 35-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. 
  • Allow to cool completely before slicing into squares.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Gluten Free Pumpkin Blondies with White Chocolate Chips and Dried Cherries.

Posted by - Meg from Sweet Twist of Blogging

I just love how bloggers get obsessed with pumpkin in the fall. There are so many different uses and they all just look so delicious!   I can't get enough so I am super excited to see what else gets posted on Have the Cake this month.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Blondies with White Chocolate Chips and Dried Cherries. 

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup brown rice flour
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temp.
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, room temp
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup sifted confectioners sugar (give or take)

1) Preheat oven to 350F.  Butter a 8 inch square pan. 
2) In a medium bowl, add flour, cornstarch, baking powder/soda, cinnamon and salt. 
3) Combine butter and sugar in a large bowl or mixer bowl and beat until creamed together.
4) Add pumpkin, eggs and vanilla and beat until combined. 
5) Add flour mixture to the wet mixture and mix on low until almost combined.
6) Fold in chocolate chips and dried cherries.
7) Pour batter into prepared pan.  Bake for 30 minutes,  outside will be starting to brown on edges and tooth pick will come out clean. 
8) Let cool in pan 10 minutes, then turn onto a wire rack to cool completely.  Cut into squares and serve.
9) Make the icing : In a large bowl or mixer bowl beat together butter and cream cheese.  Add sugar, vanilla and cinnamon and beat together until just combined.  Adding more sugar if you want a stiffer icing.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted by - Dorrie

I am always trying to hide vegetables in my kids' food - they are pretty picky and not willing to eat more than about 5 vegetables.  I often slip pureed cauliflower in with their pasta and have been known to throw pureed butternut squash in their quesadillas. 
As such, one of my favorite cookie recipes, not just for the sleight of hand but also for the cakey texture, is a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe I found years ago.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies:  (makes about 4 dozen cookies)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Mix together:
1 15 oz can pureed pumpkin
2 cups of sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs

Then add:
4 cups all purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda dissolved in 1 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
12 oz chocolate chips

Put on greased cookie sheet - spaced 2 inches apart and bake for 12-13 minutes.

I began mixing the recipe while the kids were taking their nap so that by the time my daughter came down to help, she had no idea that she was happily making chocolate chip cookies with pumpkin in them:
My gooey helper
My gooey helper
After the cookies are baked they produce a lovely, cake-like cookie (with no pumpkin taste) that will easily fool anyone into eating more than a few!
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Monday, October 1, 2012

October Challenge: PUMPKIN

Posted by - Rena

It's October! It's only fitting to make pumpkin our flavor of the month. The challenge is to make a dessert that includes pumpkin. One of my favorite cakes is a "fake cake" which mixes a box of vanilla cake mix with a can of pumpkin puree. I know it's cheating but it's so very delicious!

Have fun with your pumpkin challenge! I can't wait to see what you come up with.