Oct 24, 2012

Mini Pumpkin Cakes with Caramel Glaze


These little cakes are cute, fun, and most importantly, delicious. They are little bites of tender, pumpkin-y goodness...brushed with a caramel glaze so good, you'll want to eat it all by itself. 

I made these in a Wilton's Whoopie Pie pan, but I wanted to do something a little different with them- I thought they were wonderful all on their own as tiny cakes. 



Fresh out of the oven




Mini Pumpkin Cakes with Caramel Glaze
Makes about 28 little cakes

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
scant 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1/2 cup buttermilk

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray pan with non-stick spray.

2. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars with electric mixer on medium speed until mixed very well, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

3. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with pumpkin and buttermilk, mixing thoroughly after each addition (starting and ending with the flour mixture).

4. Fill pan no more than about 2/3 full, spreading batter to edges of cavities.

5. Bake 7-9 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes; remove to cooling rack. While they cool, you can make the glaze.


Adapted from a Wilton's recipe.



Caramel Glaze

3 tablespoons butter
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup milk 
pinch salt

Whisk all ingredients together in a small saucepan. Bring to a low boil and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove pan from heat. Let cool for 5 minutes. Brush cakes with glaze. Let set and cool completely. Store cakes tightly covered.

How cute would it be to have a couple of these at each place setting on your Thanksgiving table? 


Mini Pumpkin Cakes have been taken to these great parties!



By the way, Mini Pumpkin Cakes batter makes delicious
Baked Pumpkin Cake Donuts:




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16 comments:

  1. I love mini food. These look perfect for Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks, Staci! :) And thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Congrats on your new blog!

    These little cakes are so cute. Love the shapes! The special glaze makes them extra pretty.

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I truly appreciate the support! :)

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  3. They look beautiful and delicious!

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    1. Paloma, thank you for coming by and taking a peek at them! :)

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  4. What a delicious idea! Thanks for posting at the two girls linkey party http://esskunst.org/?p=2659. I enjoy your blog.

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    1. Thank you, Deb! Their linky is fun, isn't it? Thanks so much for coming by! :)

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  5. These would be perfect for a family dinner or a potluck.
    Just wanted to say THANK YOU Joy for always linking up at my party.
    Dawn
    Spatulas On Parade

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    1. Thank you, Dawn, and thank you for hosting! I really enjoy Swap and Share Sundays! :)

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  6. Yum, yum, yum! I love that we are getting into fall....pumpkin desserts are my all time favorite! Thank you so much for sharing these adorable little cakes on #cakefriday!

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    1. Thank you, Becky, and thanks for hosting #cakefriday! :)

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  7. These look so yummy. Thanks for sharing on Foodie friends Friday and I hope you will join us again this week.

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    1. Thank you, Marlys- I love FFF! Thanks for hosting! :)

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  8. This is absolutely delightful. Thanks for sharing.

    Velva

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    1. Thank you, Velva, and thank you so much for coming by! I love the by-line on your Twitter account: "sustaining our bonds with one another can be achieved by the simple grace of sharing a meal". Yes. :)

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