Oct 17 16

Pumpkin Cake with a Cinnamon Maple Glaze

julie
Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Maple Glaze

Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Maple Glaze

Ingredients

1.5 Cups Flour

1/2 Cup Sugar

1.5 Teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1 Teaspoon Salt

2 Eggs, beaten

1 Cup Pumpkin Puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 Degree Fahrenheit. Spray your mini bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

Whisk together all of your dry ingredients in a bowl (flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spices). Set aside.

In a separate bowl beat eggs and gradually add the pumpkin puree. Add vanilla extra and beat until well combined.

Add dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in 2 batches until just combined. Be sure to not over mix.

Evenly distribute your batter into your mini bundt pan. My pan had 6 molds, and I had plenty of batter for 6. I probably could’ve stretch the batter and made more cakes.

Bake for 40 minutes. Take out of oven and let cool. Once cooled cut the bottom of the cake to create (a snack!) a level bottom. To construct the “pumpkin” you’ll flip one mini cake over, so the cut side is up. Put another mini cake on top with the bundt side up.

Optional Décor: In the photo I tried 3 different decoration styles. The easiest (and best IMO) is a light powdering of powdered sugar. I also melted some chocolate chips for a chocolate drizzle. I added strawberries to those cakes, to make them look more colorful. The third “décor” was a maple cinnamon glaze, which didn’t add much presentation-wise, but doesn’t it wound cool!

The pumpkin “stems” are pretzel rods broken in half.

Happy Baking!

Julie

Oct 14 16

5 Costumes For Basics

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13diy
Mmmmkay friends. Time for a costume DIY!

All you need is one black dress. We’re going to add some very basic items, many of which you already own, and turn that one dress into 5 costumes.

Open your closet. We’re getting started right now.

Costume 1. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys.

This costume is a classic for a reason.

Add: Pearls, tiara or sparkly hair clip, black gloves, black heels, cigarette strainer, oversized black sunglasses. If you want to be super true to the movie, don’t forget a coffee and a pastry.

Costume 2. “Basic” Witch.

There’s 2 options here. You can be a witch. Again a classic, simple Halloween costume that will never go out of style. OR you can go the topical/humorous route and be a BASIC witch…

Option 2A. Witches hat, cute black shoes

Option 2BASIC. ADD: To go coffee cup, cell phone, scarf, boots and leggings

 

Costume 3. Cat or Bat

This costume is following the “Mean Girls” philosophy that you can add animal ears to any slutty outfit and make it a Halloween costume. Keeping it simple and then adding a easy, big impact costume piece here is critical. So if you’re a bat, go for a cape or wings of some kind. If you’re a cat, paint your face or bring a cat toy when you go out.

ADD: cat or bat ears and either a tail or wings. Animal facepaint is optional, but definitely encouraged!

Costume 4. French Maid.

It’s a silly costume, but still a classic.

ADD: white apron, foofy heady band, feather duster, heels

Optional: Use a horrible French accent all night

 

Costume 5. Burglar.

This is a fun excuse to wear a mask. Just make sure you don’t walk in the dark by yourself. NO ONE WILL SEE YOU.

ADD: Mask, black gloves, money bag, black shoes for a quick get away.

Oct 5 16

DIY Pineapple Jack-o-lantern

julie

DIY Pineapple Jackolantern

I love pineapple. I wouldn’t say I love Jackolanterns, but they are synonymous with Halloween, so I had to do at least one jackolantern for this 13 DIYS of Halloween series. I love how the pineapple turned out. I think it looks amazing, and it was actually very simple to do!

I also posted this DIY on my youtube channel, so if you want to see the video instructions, check them out below.

Tools Required
Cutting Knife (large one and a paring knife if you have it)
Pineapple
Small candle or small battery operated light
Bowl to collect cut pineapple
Pineapple Corer *optional!

Directions:
1. With your knife chop off the top of the pineapple.
2. Take out the inside of the pineapple. I used a nifty pineapple corer which makes this process so simple!
3. Using a smaller knife or paring knife cut out the design of your jack-o-lantern’s face. You could do a design other than a face, just keep in mind the flesh of the pineapple is a little more delicate than that off your typical pumpkin.

4. Take a minute to clean up the insides of your pineapple. There may be some extra pineapple juice, ie. snack time!

5. Insert a candle and place the top back on your pineapple! You’re done!