Thursday, October 15, 2009

Mini Pumpkin Cakes (Treats For Co-Irkers)

The Co-Irkers are going to get pumpkin goodies for two weeks straight. It suddenly dawned on me that Halloween is only two weeks away and since we'll be out of town for a wedding that weekend, I have to make sure they get their fill of pumpkin before October has come and gone. It's my seasonal responsibility, after all.

These little cakes are filled with moist deliciousness and the icing takes them over the top. This recipe would also make 12 regular size cupcakes. Adjust baking time accordingly.

Mini Pumpkin Cakes (Recipe adapted from yield 24 cakes

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 can (15 ounces) pureed pumpkin
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 package (8 ounces) 1/3 less fat cream cheese (Neufchâtel), at room temperature
1/4 teaspoon Fiori di Sicilia (original recipe called for 1/2 tsp orange extract)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup powdered sugar
2-3 tablespoons half & half

Spray 12-welled mini bundt pan with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars until light a fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time and beat well. Stir down bowl and beaters and add pumpkin and vanilla and beat well to combine. Stir down bowl and beaters again.

Add flour mixture gradually to wet mixture and mix well. Stir down bowl and beaters one last time then beat for another minute.

Distribute batter among wells, about 2/3 full. Bake in preheated oven for 16-18 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool on rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan to cool completely.

In mixing bowl beat cream cheese and extracts until smooth. Gradually add in the powdered sugar and continue mixing until icing is smooth. Add in half and half and mix until desired consistency. Drizzle icing over cakes.


Velva said...

These mini-pumpkin cake treats look fabulous! Wow. All I would need is a good cup of coffee and a couple of these treats!
Thanks for sharing. Very nice blog pos.

June said...

Wow - love pumpkin anything. Yum. I did however have to Google "Fiori di Sicilia"...smarty pants!LOL Just what do Sicilian flowers taste like? Inquiring mind needs to know!

Mags said...

Velva: Thank you for commenting!

June: Hey, turn about is fair play. You made me Google "harp peeler" last week remember? I purchased that fiori di sicilia for a cinnamon roll recipe I made a few months back. It's a citrusy vanilla kind of extract, if that helps.

Barbara Bakes said...

You caught me on the fiori di sicilia too! Sounds like a great addition to a terrific cake!

Co Irker said...

These were soooooooooooo moist. And beautiful. And perfect. And and ...well I think everyone should try this recipe.

We're very excited in the office because you were kind enough to pack four seperately for us and only three coirkers are here. Shhh...don't tell on us, okay?

And we get pumpkin next week? Yes! I lurve pumpkin.

Thank you so much our pretty, poised perfectionist.

June said...

Since that pretty poised perfectionist is also properly modest, I'm breaking the news that she's hit the big time and her blog is featured on the front page of Saveur's web site at the moment. Check this out! Isn't that amazing??? Congratulations ppppm!We love you!

Chocolate Shavings said...

Those are adorable!

Mags said...

Barbara: It really does add a little special something to the icing.

Co Irker: Your secret is safe with Glad you like pumpkin because next week it's mini pumpkin cheesecakes. Yup, you heard it here first!

June: I'm blushing girl! (but thanks for the link to my Saveur post)

Chocolate shavings: Thanks for commenting!

stephchows said...

adorable! is the wedding on halloween??? will you be dressing up :D

i'm actually going to be this, LOL

Set in the Cleft said...

Just came across your blog and really enjoy your pictures, as well as the recipes (the sound of them, anyway!) I am trying to find my "inner chef"... I am the type that loves to peruse my cookbooks, watch Food Network and two of my favorite movies are Ratatouille and No Reservations. Yet, I HATE to cook :( I'm just a wannabe! But, in an effort to provide healthy, yummy meals at home on a more consistent basis despite our busy schedule, I am looking for inspiration. I will be checking in on your blog often!

Moogie said...

Hey Mags,
Great looking little pumpkin cakettes.

I've used "Fiori di Sicilia" and I'm not that crazy about it. The mango liqueur that I recently made would make a great addition in a lot of recipes.

Mags said...

Steph: That is one wicked costume. I love it! We were told there would be absolutely no costumes allowed at this wedding. I think they knew what we were up

Set in the cleft: Thanks for commenting and please stop back again!

Moogie: Mango liquor eh? That does sound like a great flavor.

natalie said...

oh yum! i love pumpkin muffins, but these are super cute and i'll have to try these next!!!

Amanda said...

Oh I just love how these turned out, they are fabulous!

Lady P said...

one - again with those lucky co-irkers! my weekly rant
they are getting too big for their britches (lterally) with all this baking you do
two - must find mini bundt pan - these are a-d-o-r-a-b-l-e!

what's this!? saveur magazine! wow - mags, you have hit the big time and don't you just deserve it!!

Mags said...

Natalie: I hope you enjoy them!

Amanda: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed them.

Lady P: LOL...better the co-irkers getting too big for their britches than me! And yes, I was so tickled to be noticed by Saveur. Shocked, actually!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Very cute pumpkin cakes... they look delicious!

Mags said...

Thanks Jen!

Design Wine and Dine said...

I am so glad to have found your blog! I love the photos and what I see! These lil cakes are a thing of beauty! I can't wait to check out more!

Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

Sue said...

Gorgeous little delectable cakes!

WOW, Congrats on the Saveur feature! You're so didn't even tell us(Thanks, June)!