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Snackshot of the Day: Mini Halloween Pumpkin Spice Cakes

Snackshot of the Day: Mini Halloween Pumpkin Spice Cakes

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Mini Halloween Pumpkin Spice Cakes from Sage Recipes.

The Daily Meal's editors, contributors, and readers dig into some pretty great restaurants, festivals, and meals. There's not always enough time to give a full review of a restaurant or describe in depth why a place, its food, and the people who prepare it are noteworthy, so Snackshot of the Day does what photographs do best, rely on the image to do most of the talking. Today's Snackshot is a recipe from a member of The Daily Meal's Culinary Content Network, Sage Recipes.

Emily Jacobs of Sage Recipes says, "Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. When I was young, I used to love getting dressed up to go trick-or-treating around my neighborhood... Now that I am a little too old to go around to my neighbors asking for candy, I love to make my own Halloween treats! The cakes are spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and other pumpkin pie spices. Mini Halloween cakes are perfect for a party or get together because each person can have their own little dessert." Click here for the recipe.

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This 2-Ingredient Pumpkin Cake Only Requires a Can of Pumpkin and a Cake Mix

Enjoying the flavors of the season doesn't get much easier than this easy pumpkin dump cake.

Summer is coming to an end and I&aposm eager to start enjoying cooler weather and all the delicious flavors the fall menus bring. Since Starbucks is releasing its famous PSL earlier than ever this year, I took this as a sign that I should go ahead and start making pumpkin recipes. The quickest and easiest way to get my pumpkin dessert fix? Two-ingredient pumpkin cake. A go-to recipe by one of our Better Homes & Gardens editors (and now one of mine!), all you need is a boxed cake mix and a can of pumpkin to make a moist and fluffy cake. While I usually keep canned pumpkin on hand for pumpkin bread, I&aposm so excited to have this simple dump cake recipe in my back pocket this fall. Here&aposs how to make this 2-ingredient recipe at home.


Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

If you are looking for a perfect pumpkin cupcake, look no further. This easy cupcake is full of pumpkin spice and topped with a simple cream cheese frosting. We love it topped with some cinnamon sugar, but more pumpkin spice would also be delicious. Put these on the top of your baking list this fall!

What spices are in pumpkin spice?

If your spice cabinet is full and you don't want to buy another one you likely have all of the components and don't need to. Pumpkin spice is usually made up of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice. We have a simple mix for pumpkin pie spice so you can make your own!

Can I make a buttercream frosting for these?

Absolutely! If you prefer buttercream over cream cheese, use our favorite buttercream frosting to decorate these with. Add some cinnamon or maple extract to mix it up a little!

Any fun mix-ins?

Glad you asked! Fold in some chocolate chips or toasted pecans for the best pumpkin cupcake ever!


Recipe Summary

  • Nonstick cooking spray, for pan
  • 4 cups cake flour (not self-rising), plus more for dusting
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 2 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 14-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray. Dust with flour, and tap out excess.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.

Beat butter and brown sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on medium speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl. Reduce speed to low. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the buttermilk. Beat until just combined. Add pumpkin puree, and beat until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake cake until golden and a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Carefully turn cake onto rack too cool completely. Before serving, dust with confectioners' sugar.


33 Easy and Spooky Halloween Cakes That'll Sweeten Up Your Party

Give your guests a good fright with these dessert ideas decorated with ghosts, goblins, and ghouls.

You should be afraid &mdash very afraid &mdash of these creepy Halloween cakes. They're scary delicious! Pumpkin chocolate layer cake makes the perfect centerpiece for Halloween parties, while a devilishly delicious Halloween bundt cake is a great way to fuel-up for trick-or-treating. Haunted house cakes and graveyard cakes are fun to make with kids, and you can decorate your own with spooky shapes, leftover Halloween candy, red food coloring, chocolate sprinkles and other edible decorations. With some of these Halloween desserts, you'll even have a few more party guests at your house like mummies, ghosts, witches and &mdash worst of all &mdash spiders. Whatever recipe you decide to try, don't skimp on the frosting or sprinkles because October 31 is the one day a year when sugar is basically it's own food group (parents, we're sorry!).

But don't stop here: Finish off your Halloween dessert table with these festive Halloween cupcake ideas and Halloween cookie recipes. Throw on a Halloween Netflix movie to really get in the spirit, then wash your treats down with a glass (or two) of these frightfully simple Halloween cocktails.

Give this layered chocolate cake an instant Halloween upgrade with centerpiece-worthy ribbon bats.

Cake crumbs mixed with buttercream frosting and dunked them in melted chocolate is an easy Halloween treat with zero tricks. Promise!


Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

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Pumpkin cupcakes are a great fall or holiday dessert, as they have all the flavors of traditional pumpkin bread but in a lighter, cuter, portable form. To make them, whisk together the dry ingredients, then combine that with a mixture of eggs, oil, sugar, and pumpkin in a stand mixer. After about 25 minutes of baking and a chance to cool, top them with this Pumpkin–Cream Cheese Frosting for a double dose of pumpkin flavor. And for a triple shot, pair it with our Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe.

Game plan: You can also use this batter to make a Bundt cake with salted caramel sauce.

This recipe was featured as part of our pumpkin sweets recipe gallery. Check out all the best of pumpkins on Chowhound.


Other Size Cakes

This spice cake is incredibly versatile– one of the many things I love about it! There’s enough batter for a layer cake, bundt cake, or cupcakes.

  • Layer Cake: I’ve made this as a two layer cake before. Use 2 9-inch cake pans and bake the layers for 30-34 minutes or until the centers are cooked through.
  • Bundt Cake: This batter fits wonderfully into a bundt pan. I’m unsure of the exact bake time, so use a toothpick to test for doneness.
  • Cupcakes: This recipe makes about 24 standard size cupcakes. Fill cupcake liners 2/3 full and bake for 18-21 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

25 Halloween Cookies That Are Scary Good

You don't have to be a master chef to create these spookily delicious Halloween cookies.

The best part about Halloween &mdash aside from dressing up as your favorite characters and scary movie marathons &mdash has to be the endless amounts of Halloween treats you&rsquore allowed to consume. But rather than taking the easy way out and putting out bowls of candy at your next Halloween costume party, why not bake some Halloween cookies to serve as the sweet treat?

Not only are these Halloween cookies delicious, but they&rsquoll save you from having to spend too much money on Halloween candy and treats that are overpriced around the holiday. With this selection of Halloween cookie recipes, bakers and cookie-decorators of all levels will find something they'll love to make, from intricate Day of the Dead sugar cookies to easy designs to add to store-bought cookies with icing.

But no matter what Halloween cookie recipe you decide to bake, make sure to keep a couple of cookies for yourself because they&rsquoll vanish like ghosts as soon as you put them on the dessert table.


The only thing better than the taste of this luscious cake? The fun you'll have decorating the spooky cobwebs.

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Spice Cake Recipe

Spice Cakes are usually the simple, understated dessert at the fall table that makes a big statement once you take a bite – but this year, I decided to give our spice cake an upgrade with a slightly stiffer cream cheese frosting and a denser (but still moist and crumbly) cake that could stand up to stacking.

We still kept it simple with no crazy decorating techniques (just a simple star-dot of frosting around the edge that requires no skill) but I think there’s just something a bit more special about cutting into a layer cake… especially if you sprinkle it with a bit more spice and drizzle some caramel sundae sauce over top!

This spice cake has all of the classic flavors of fall – pumpkin spice, cinnamon, apple and even a hint of molasses, and is topped with a sweet-and-tart homemade cream cheese frosting that you’ll want to eat with a spoon.

Spice cake has a reputation for being low maintenance and super easy – and this cake is no exception. You don’t even need to pull out a hand mixer to get that perfect fluffy texture – which is a bonus if you’re cooking with kids or just want minimal cleanup.

I loaded mine with lots of spice and apple, but you can definitely tone down the spice and leave out the grated apple. The apple adds to the moisture of the cake and bakes in to be completely undetectable once cooked, but it doesn’t require a special trip to the store if you don’t have one on hand already.

Ingredients for Spice Cake

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice mix
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 cup oil of choice
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon molasses
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 large apple, grated

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1-8oz package cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 3-4 cups powdered icing sugar, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon, optional
  • Dried apple chips, optional
  • Caramel sundae sauce, optional

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This spice cake is out of this world delicious and I hope you give it a try this season! What is your favorite fall dessert? Could it be this Pumpkin Bread with Maple Glaze this Baked Apple Crisp or maybe even these Pumpkin Spice Donuts! There are so many delicious fall dessert options out there!


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