Thursday, October 25, 2012

Serving Up {Cake}: Pumpkin Cake Bars

We are in the midst of pumpkin season and I am taking full advantage!  We have been enjoying a lot of pumpkin at our house as of late - in both savory meals as well as sweet treats - and yet I don't find myself tiring of it at all.  I just really love the flavor of pumpkin...especially when paired with spices and a cream cheese frosting...which brings me to this recipe.

This recipe is the perfect pumpkin cake recipe that holds nothing back when it comes to my favorite fall spices - please note the full teaspoon of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.  YUM!  In the end you end up with a delicious baked treat and a house that smells good enough for the kids to sniff the air as they come in from school and ask what you've been baking.  Just be careful to hide the evidence that you have already eaten three pieces before they even arrived home.  Sit down and enjoy a piece with the kids and pretend it's your first.  I mean, what they don't know won't hurt them.

And speaking of pumpkin, here is a list of some of my favorite pumpkin recipes that I have posted in the past.  There are some real goodies in there.  Enjoy!

                          Pumpkin Knot Rolls       

(recipe from Louanne S.)
2 cups sugar
1 cup oil 
4 eggs
15-ounce can pumpkin
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. salt

Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 15x10 jelly roll pan.  In a large bowl, combine sugar, oil, eggs and pumpkin and mix.  Add dry ingredients and blend on low until all ingredients are moist.  Then beat the batter on medium speed for 2 minutes.  Pour batter into prepared jelly roll pan and bake for 25-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

1/3 cup butter
3-ounce cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tbs. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine butter and cream cheese and blend until well combined.  Add powdered sugar and milk and vanilla and blend until desired consistency, adding additional milk if needed.
Frost cooled bars and then cut into bars.

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