My Contribution to Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

We are driving down to my parent's house in Orlando for the holiday, but I still wanted to make my own contribution to Thanksgiving dinner. 
My husband and father both love pie, so my mom always bakes one for them. 
BUT her and I both dislike pie, so I decided to bring something for my mom and I to enjoy for Thanksgiving dessert.

I found a recipe for a pumpkin and chocolate layer cake on bakingbites.com. I thought it was going to be quite complicated, but it actually wasn't too difficult.
Basically it's a 4-layer cake with alternating chocolate and pumpkin layers, and a cream cheese frosting.


(This is before I frosted the entire cake)

The recipe recommends baking both cakes at the same time, which is what I did.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line two 8-inch round cake pans with parchment paper and lightly grease the bottom and sides of both. (My pans were non-stick so I skipped this step. They were also 9-inch instead of 8, which didn't seem to make a difference).
Pumpkin Layer:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil or olive oil (I used vegetable)
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract



In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. In another bowl whisk together eggs, veggie oil, melted butter, pumpkin puree, milk and vanilla until all ingredients are well combined. Pour pumpkin mixture into dry ingredients and stir until no streaks of flour remain visible. Pour into prepared cake pan.
(I used an electric mixer to mix the dry ingredients because the brown sugar and be hard to break apart. I used a whisk for the other ingredients, and my electric mixer to combine all ingredients).


Chocolate Layer
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 large eggs
1/4 cup veggie oil
1/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-oz dark or bittersweet chocolate, melted

In large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt. Sift in cocoa powder and whisk to combine.
In another bowl whisk together eggs, veggie oil, melted butter, pumpkin puree, milk and vanilla until all ingredients are well combined. Whisk in melted chocolate.
Pour pumpkin mixture into dry ingredients, stir until no streaks of flour are visible. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake both cakes for 30-35 minutes, until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. It took exactly 30 minutes for mine to bake.
Turn cakes out of their pans and onto wire racks to cool completely before frosting.




Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

2 8-oz packages of cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup butter, room temp.
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
3-4 cups confectioners' sugar (aka powdered sugar)

Combine all ingredients and beat at high speed until smooth, gradually adding the confectioners' sugar until thick and spreadable consistency is reached.
Additional confectioners sugar may need to be added to thinking frosting, ESPECIALLY if humidity is high in your area.

THIS is the one mistake I made. I do NOT believe I added enough confectioners sugar seeing as I will be in FLORIDA.

Cake Assembly



Slice both the pumpkin cake and chocolate cake in half horizontally. 
Place a chocolate round on a cake stand or serving platter, spread with a thin layer of cream cheese icing, place a pumpkin layer on top. Make sure to spread frosting all the way to the edges of cake rounds. Spread pumpkin layer with frosting and repeat with remaining chocolate and pumpkin layers.
Use remaining frosting to cover the top and sides of the cake.
Since I'm afraid of the frosting slowly melting off on our drive, I have it in the fridge right now in hopes that the frosting will set.



The frosting recipe makes A LOT.
Obviously I haven't tried the cake yet, since it's for tomorrow, but my only worry is that there will be too much frosting on it....
We shall see!

I also had some free time on my hands the other day, and my crafting goodies were still out from a previous project, so I decided to make little name cards for the dinner table.



What on earth happened to my handwriting??? Its terrible!
Besides the horrible penmanship, I think there pretty cute.

Happy Thanksgiving!

2 comments:

  1. Hiya! just found your blog through 20sb - love the colours!!! It's cute and a bit different. I've been drooling over that cake for like half an hour!!! Looking forward to following :)

    Becs @ Stiletto Studio
    www.becslake.blogspot.com

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  2. cute cute cute!!! Have a wonderful Thanksgving!

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