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Pumpkin Pie Cake

Last week when Sabrina and I got together for dinner, we also did a little Thanksgiving dessert prep work! I offered to bring dessert to Fiancé’s family’s get together on Thursday and Sabrina wanted to make something sweet for her Thanksgiving brunch as well.  She found this awesome recipe from Cooking Light to make a Pumpkin Pie Cake. It was seasonal and easy to make so I was in!

We each made the cakes at Sabrina’s apartment, and I took my icing to-go and put together the cake on Thursday. Surprisingly, everything traveled fabulously! Check out the icing cup! I love it!

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Pumpkin Pie Cakes with cream cheese fronting! It smelled and tasted fabulous! I love me some pumpkin. pics 088

Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Ingredients

  • CAKE:
  • Cooking spray
  • 2  tablespoons  all-purpose flour
  • 1  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/2  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/4  cup  canola oil
  • 1/2  cup  egg substitute
  • 2  large eggs
  • 1  (15-ounce) can unsweetened pumpkin
  • 2  cups  all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
  • 1  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 2  teaspoons  pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 2  tablespoons  butter, softened
  • 1  (8-ounce) package 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 3  cups  powdered sugar
  • 2  teaspoons  fresh orange juice
  • 1/4  cup  chopped pecans, toasted
  • Orange slices (optional)

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Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare cake, coat 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray. Dust pans evenly with 2 tablespoons flour.

Combine 1 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, and oil in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed 2 minutes or until well blended. Add egg substitute and eggs; beat until well blended. Add pumpkin, beating until blended.

Lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and next 3 ingredients (through salt) in a medium bowl. Gradually add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, beating just until blended. Spoon batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove cake from pans; cool completely on wire rack.

To prepare frosting, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until blended (do not overbeat). Add juice, stirring until blended.

Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate. Spread 1 cup frosting over layer, and top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top of cake. Sprinkle with pecans, and garnish with orange slices, if desired.

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The only thing that went wrong was that I didn’t slice the bottom half of the cake to make the top layer lay nicely on top. I also didn’t have any toothpicks so on the way over to Thanksgiving, I had to keep the cake top from sliding off! I did however get a cute little cake carrier!

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Here I am taking my Pumpkin Pie Cake in my cute little carrier to Thanksgiving!

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Everyone seemed to really like the cake! The cake itself was moist and very tasty. The cream cheese icing was velvety and smooth. The candied pecans on top were the perfect addition as well. Thanks for baking with me Sabrina! I hope yours was as big of a hit as mine was!

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I also wanted to put in a picture of what Fiancé and I wore to Thanksgiving dinner at his aunt’s house. I was loving my dress! Cute right?

Did you make anything special for Thanksgiving? What did you make? What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dessert??

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Pumpkin Pie Cake

Last week when Sabrina and I got together for dinner, we also did a little Thanksgiving dessert prep work! I offered to bring dessert to Fiancé’s family’s get together on Thursday and Sabrina wanted to make something sweet for her Thanksgiving brunch as well.  She found this awesome recipe from Cooking Light to make a Pumpkin Pie Cake. It was seasonal and easy to make so I was in!

We each made the cakes at Sabrina’s apartment, and I took my icing to-go and put together the cake on Thursday. Surprisingly, everything traveled fabulously! Check out the icing cup! I love it!

pics 071

Pumpkin Pie Cakes with cream cheese fronting! It smelled and tasted fabulous! I love me some pumpkin. pics 088

Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Ingredients

  • CAKE:
  • Cooking spray
  • 2  tablespoons  all-purpose flour
  • 1  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/2  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/4  cup  canola oil
  • 1/2  cup  egg substitute
  • 2  large eggs
  • 1  (15-ounce) can unsweetened pumpkin
  • 2  cups  all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
  • 1  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 2  teaspoons  pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 2  tablespoons  butter, softened
  • 1  (8-ounce) package 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 3  cups  powdered sugar
  • 2  teaspoons  fresh orange juice
  • 1/4  cup  chopped pecans, toasted
  • Orange slices (optional)

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Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare cake, coat 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray. Dust pans evenly with 2 tablespoons flour.

Combine 1 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, and oil in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed 2 minutes or until well blended. Add egg substitute and eggs; beat until well blended. Add pumpkin, beating until blended.

Lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and next 3 ingredients (through salt) in a medium bowl. Gradually add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, beating just until blended. Spoon batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove cake from pans; cool completely on wire rack.

To prepare frosting, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until blended (do not overbeat). Add juice, stirring until blended.

Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate. Spread 1 cup frosting over layer, and top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top of cake. Sprinkle with pecans, and garnish with orange slices, if desired.

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The only thing that went wrong was that I didn’t slice the bottom half of the cake to make the top layer lay nicely on top. I also didn’t have any toothpicks so on the way over to Thanksgiving, I had to keep the cake top from sliding off! I did however get a cute little cake carrier!

pics 094

Here I am taking my Pumpkin Pie Cake in my cute little carrier to Thanksgiving!

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Everyone seemed to really like the cake! The cake itself was moist and very tasty. The cream cheese icing was velvety and smooth. The candied pecans on top were the perfect addition as well. Thanks for baking with me Sabrina! I hope yours was as big of a hit as mine was!

pics 095

I also wanted to put in a picture of what Fiancé and I wore to Thanksgiving dinner at his aunt’s house. I was loving my dress! Cute right?

Did you make anything special for Thanksgiving? What did you make? What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dessert??

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Drymax Socks Giveaway

“you can only go as far as your feet will take you”

I have a new sock love that I wanted to share with the blog world! I have been having sock issues for a while now. I have gotten blisters on the tops of my toes from bad socks and worn holes fast in socks that weren’t strong enough. I feel that good socks are very important to my running success!

Enter Drymax socks! The wonderful people at Drymax sent me a bunch of different socks to try out. I ran in a few different styles of the socks in the Philly Half Marathon, part of the NYC Marathon, on my 11 mile run, and on my 9 mile run – so I have put these socks to the ultimate running tests!

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Drymax has socks for literally everything! There are running socks for hot weather, cold weather, trail running and mesh socks. There are walking socks, and hiking socks, work  socks, tennis, golf even dress socks! There are socks for EVERYTHING!

One of my favorite Drymax socks that I have tried (so far) is the Drymax Maximum Protection Running Socks. It was very well padded and kept my feet dry and blister free on my longer runs.

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I love these socks. Seriously, they have saved my toes.

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Drymax has sponsoring this week’s giveaway! The winner will get to pick out any sock they would like to try from the Drymax website. There are so many to choose from!

Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment here letting me know which sock you would like to try. Check out the Drymax Socks website.

2)You MUST be a follower to win. So follow me/become a  subscriber and/or add And Her Little Dog Too to your Google reader! :)

3) Mandatory – Be my twitter friend/tweet about this giveaway! @HerLittleDogToo – I am in the process of changing over my twitter account to keep with the blog name! Friend me! :)

4)Post about this giveaway on your blog for 4 extra points

5) Add And Her Little Dog Too to your blog roll for 2 extra points

6)If someone mentions they learned about this giveaway from you, you get 5 extra points, so spread the blog giveaway love!

Giveaway ends Wednesday! Good Luck!

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Drymax Socks Giveaway

“you can only go as far as your feet will take you”

I have a new sock love that I wanted to share with the blog world! I have been having sock issues for a while now. I have gotten blisters on the tops of my toes from bad socks and worn holes fast in socks that weren’t strong enough. I feel that good socks are very important to my running success!

Enter Drymax socks! The wonderful people at Drymax sent me a bunch of different socks to try out. I ran in a few different styles of the socks in the Philly Half Marathon, part of the NYC Marathon, on my 11 mile run, and on my 9 mile run – so I have put these socks to the ultimate running tests!

pics 624

Drymax has socks for literally everything! There are running socks for hot weather, cold weather, trail running and mesh socks. There are walking socks, and hiking socks, work  socks, tennis, golf even dress socks! There are socks for EVERYTHING!

One of my favorite Drymax socks that I have tried (so far) is the Drymax Maximum Protection Running Socks. It was very well padded and kept my feet dry and blister free on my longer runs.

pics 625pics 626

I love these socks. Seriously, they have saved my toes.

pics 632

Drymax has sponsoring this week’s giveaway! The winner will get to pick out any sock they would like to try from the Drymax website. There are so many to choose from!

Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment here letting me know which sock you would like to try. Check out the Drymax Socks website.

2)You MUST be a follower to win. So follow me/become a  subscriber and/or add And Her Little Dog Too to your Google reader! :)

3) Mandatory – Be my twitter friend/tweet about this giveaway! @HerLittleDogToo – I am in the process of changing over my twitter account to keep with the blog name! Friend me! :)

4)Post about this giveaway on your blog for 4 extra points

5) Add And Her Little Dog Too to your blog roll for 2 extra points

6)If someone mentions they learned about this giveaway from you, you get 5 extra points, so spread the blog giveaway love!

Giveaway ends Wednesday! Good Luck!

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