Has it really been a month? Wow! I’ve been crazy busy over here and I know Mandi can say the same. She did a craft show last weekend and will be posting an update soon. I crafted a bit for that show but time is just getting away from me lately.
I did manage to find time to bake a cake last weekend. Fall is in the air here in NYC and like most people out there I needed to bake something with pumpkin STAT. I have several recipes pinned to my For the Love of Autumn Board and my Sweets Board that fit the bill. It was really hard to pick one.
I landed on this Pumpkin Dream Cake:
Pin can be found HERE. The recipe is from The Novice Chef Blog which I enjoy. It calls for Cinnamon Maple Cream Cheese frosting but it was “use what you have” at my house so I found another pin with a brown sugar cinnamon icing to substitute.
Obviously I am not as good of a photog as the Novice Chef but mine was just about the same color. I did make a few changes. I used olive oil instead of vegetable oil because that is what I had on hand and I did not put the hot cakes in my freezer straight from the oven. That would have required a lot of rearranging and ain’t no one got time for that. Oh and mine is only 2 layers. Blame that on lack of pans.
This is seriously one of the best cakes I have ever eaten. It is moist and delicious and lasted the week under my cake dome and is still moist and yummy. For the icing and the dusting on top I used Vietnamese Extra Fancy Cinnamon from Penzey’s Spices. They aren’t kidding when they say extra fancy. I put this in my coffee each day and it is divine. Unlike any cinnamon you have ever tasted. Trust me. I’m sure this cake is just as yummy with it’s original icing but I greatly enjoyed the fancy cinnamon and brown sugar myself.
So what else has been going on? My parents were in town and Mom and I did a bit of thrifting. I seem to manage to forget to take photos of everything I buy lately but I did manage this one:
Three silver trays found for a few dollars each at the local Unique thrift. Are people not into silver any more? I expected them to be a lot more. I think the big tray was $4 and the smaller ones were $3 each. They are heavy and very well made. I am on the fence about whether to polish them or enjoy their tarnish for a bit. I plan to include them in my Christmas decor this year. The small round one sits on little ball feet and it just begging to be the base for a tinsel tree don’t you think?
We are hard at work getting things together for the 6th annual Christmas Craft Party on November 9th. I have more ornaments to share this week. Be good!