Monday, October 24, 2011

31 Days of Pumpkin: Day 24

Yes They're All Ours:31 Days

Sunday afternoon I found a new pumpkin cake I wanted to try on  So, I quickly mixed up my cake and put it in the oven to bake.  Unfortunately, it wasn't quite done when I had to leave for church . . . so I left instructions for getting it out when the timer rang, testing it with a toothpick, and putting it on the cooling rack, along with a stern admonition for the guys NOT to eat it until I could get home and make the glaze to pour over top. 

So . . .  you'll never believe what I saw when I walked in the door from church!!!!  

This is Taylor's friend, Tyler!

And his friend, Ethan!

Apparently, they grew tired of waiting on me to come home and finish the cake, and decided to take matters into their own hands!!!!!  ;)

There's nothing quite like seeing three macho dudes in girly aprons!   ;)

These dudes did a great job with the glaze!!  (Not so much with the kitchen!)   ;)

The funny part is Ethan doesn't even like pumpkin -- so he prayed that God would transform his taste buds and then served himself a piece!!  He took a cautious first bite -- and actually liked it!!  :)  I think the cocoa covered up a lot of the pumpkiny taste!  

So, I declare the cake and the glaze an Epic Success!  :) 

(Now, if I can just figure out what to do with this mess in the kitchen!!!!!)

Pumpkin Chocolate Cake with a Caramel Glaze


2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 Tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
1/3 cup applesauce
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 cup confectioner's sugar

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Lightly grease a 9-inch Bundt pan.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the flour, cocoa, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and baking soda.  
  • In a large bowl, beat together 3/4 cup butter, 2 cups sugar, applesauce, and eggs.  Mix in 1/2 cup heavy cream and pumpkin.
  • Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, stirring just until well blended. 
  • Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
  • Bake 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of cake comes out clean.  Allow to cool in the pan on a wire rack.  Invert cake onto a serving plate.
  • For glaze:  place the 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter and 1/3 cup heavy cream in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil while stirring with a wire whisk.  Cook until sugar is dissolved and mixture is smooth.  Remove from heat and whisk in the confectioner's sugar.  Immediately, drizzle over the cake.


Rebecca's Refining said...

How fun! :)

I'm glad you were able to snap a few pictures of the guys wearing frilly aprons and baking!

I have struggled through the years with letting my children cook because of the huge mess left behind......but I am really trying to let the younger three experiment more since my two oldest girls want nothing to do with learning to cook! I must have scared them away! (sorry!)

I think it is great they took that initiative! I bet the cake tasted even better because they finished it!

Brandi said...

Hysterical! Love the pictures :) Real men can cook!

tlmalcolm said...

There is nothing better than a guy who cooks!! It wins a girl's heart quickly:) Both my guys do a lot of cooking! And I'm so glad they know how to make more than toast!! Rebecca there is hope for even those who did not cook at kids (mine never did)! And that cake sounds yummy!! Might have to give that one a try!!

Happy Busy Mama said...

:-) :-) :-) One happy face for each man in an apron. What a nice surprise! I love that. We always have a crowd in the kitchen and we all love to cook. I am looking forward to my health improving and making the most of holiday baking. I can't wait to try this recipe.

- karen said...

That looks de.lic.ious!! I might try this one ... especially since I can't have cocoa so I won't be tempted to eat it but can serve it up to all the warm, receptive little people at my house. Yum!!

Love your surprise. How nice to find a bunch of boys cooking in your kitchen. That warms a mama's heart, too.


Renee@LivingLaughingLoving said...

How funny! And what a yummy looking cake!!!

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