Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Fun & Easy Pumpkin Treat Recipe

So I want to preface this post with a bit of a public service announcement. I am fully aware that Pinterest has made us all a bit perfectionist obsessed. Especially when putting together a blog post. You want a perfect DIY with gorgeous photos and you want to be able to teach something great to your readers. However, sometimes things do not go as planned.

I originally wanted to name this post, Where Good Blogging Intentions Go to Die. Actually, I originally didn't want to post this at all because my DIY was a bit of a fail (in the perfectionist category). But the truth of the matter is, I had soooo much fun doing it. My hubs helped me out and we laughed together for hours while we were working on these pumpkin treats. And in the end that is really all that matters.

So here we go with my fun little mini pumpkin treats!

First we need to start off with the Ingredients for the Pumpkin Spice Cakes:
*2 Sticks of butter (softened)
*2 1/2 Cups of all-purpose Flour
*2 tsp. of Baking Powder
*1 tsp. of Baking Soda
*2 tsp. of Cinnamon
*1/2 tsp. of Nutmeg
*1/2 tsp. of Salt
*1 (15oz) Can of Pumpkin Puree
*3/4 Cup of Buttermilk
*1 tsp. of Vanilla Extract
*1 1/4 Cups of Granulated Sugar
*3 Large Eggs
*Orange Frosting
*Mini Tootsie Rolls

Next you want to grab your mini bunt cake pan and follow these directions:

Your oven is going to be preheated at 350 Degrees F. Next you are going to want to spray your cooking spray into the mini bunt pan and sprinkle some flour over where you just sprayed. This helps your cakes from sticking to the edges. When you're finished, just shake off any excess flour. 

You are going to need two larger bowls for the next part. In one of those bowls, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt, and whisk them together. 

In your other bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, buttermilk, and vanilla extract by stirring those up.

If you have any electric mixer, you're gonna wanna pull that out at this point. In your mixer, beat the butter and sugar on a medium speed until they are combined well and fluffy looking. This usually takes about 3 minutes. Next you want to add your 3 eggs and beat those in for an additional minute. 

Now it's time to add those two other bowls into your mixture. You're going to rotate between the dry ingredient bowl and the wet ingredient bowl. It's best to start and end with the dry. Each time you add another portion of the ingredients, mix them into your fun sugar concoction. Do this until it is smooth but do not over beat it. 

Next you want to place the mixture into your mini bunt pan. Do not fill it all the way up or it will create a large top (I'm speaking from experience because the picture below is well over filled! So don't follow that lol). You are then going to want to put this in the oven for about 25 minutes. You want to be able to put a tooth pick into the cakes and then pull it out clean. 

It helps if these are more on the cooked side then the soft side. It'll be easier to work with later on that way. Take the pan out and let the mini cakes fully cool. (You can tell in this picture how much I over filled them. However, I will say it was easier to get them out this way.)

Next you want to cut off the muffin top. We placed our extra tops in the fridge to keep for breakfast treats later on.

 Once the tops are cut off you are going to take a bit of the orange frosting and spread it where that top just was. Using a separate mini cake, and the frosting as glue, put the two together so that they are bottom to bottom and create a fun circle (pumpkin). 

Now you simply decorate the entire "pumpkin" with the orange icing. make sure you cover the whole thing. When you are finished, you can place a mini tootsie roll in the center of the bunt to give your mini pumpkin a stem. 

Like I said in the beginning, these were not exactly the picture perfect snack I had been hoping for. But we had a blast putting them together. They are perfect for a fun family Holiday treat and activity. And what they lacked in design, they made up for in taste. These treats were absolutely delicious!! Enjoy my lovely friends!!
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