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Pumpkin Cake and Other Fall Goodies

Updated on October 14, 2014
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Growing up in North Louisiana and now living in the southern part, Yvonne has many great country, Cajun and New Orleans recipes to share.

Also Pumpkin Muffins, Cookies, Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes and Soup

Pumpkin pie is one of our family holiday favorites, but there are many other delicious recipes to which this nutritious and tasty fruit can be added. We enjoy the old favorites, pumpkin cake, muffins, cookies and even soup. Any of these easy recipes will help to make your fall or winter holiday celebration a big success.

We also, just discovered a new easy to make recipe called Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes, that is just perfect for Halloween. Detailed instructions (including photos of how to bake a pumpkin) have been provided. Even a novice cook could whip up a batch of these delicious cupcakes. You can use canned pumpkin or "the real thing" baked or boiled and peeled. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

When the frost is on the Pumpkin, It's time to make some holiday treats

Pumpkin Recipe Card on Zazzle

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In north Louisiana, where I grew up, we share recipes readily. This delicious one, for Pumpkin Cake, was one that my mother, Ruth Lelong, used to make around the holidays. In fact, she submitted it to the 1971 edition of Country Cookin' - Receipts Compiled by the Riverdale Academy Booster's Club so that others could enjoy this delicious treat. It can be served at any fall or winter holiday celebration.

  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 25

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cup cake flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg and 2 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk or sour cream
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Instructions

  1. Measure flour, add baking powder, salt, soda and spices; mix together and set aside.
  2. Cream butter.
  3. Add sugar gradually and cream well.
  4. Add egg and egg yolks, one at a time, beating until light.
  5. Add flour mixture, alternately with buttermilk or sour cream, in small amounts.
  6. After each addition, beat until smooth.
  7. Add pumpkin and nuts.
  8. Mix well.
  9. Bake in 9 X 13 inch greased pan in oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until done, using the toothpick test.
  10. Let it cool and either turn it out onto a cookie sheet or just leave it in the pan and frost it.
  11. Frost with plain Vanilla butter frosting. (You may add 1/2 cup chopped nuts to frosting if desired.)
  12. Vanilla Butter Frosting
  13. 1/2 cup soft butter or margarine
  14. 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  15. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  16. About 2 Tablespoons milk
  17. Blend butter and sugar.
  18. Stir in vanilla and milk; beat until frosting is smooth and of spreading consistency.
  19. Today, you can get some pretty tasty ready made icings at the grocery. The cream cheese one goes really well with this cake.
Cast your vote for Pumpkin Cake from Scratch

Vintage Boy and Pumpkin

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Best of the Best from Louisiana Cookbooks

The recipes for this cookbook were selected because they are the best of the best from Louisiana.

Pumpkin Muffins
Pumpkin Muffins

Pumpkin Muffins - Source: Betty Crocker Cookbook

You'll love these tasty muffins that are good for breakfast, dinner or dessert.


Muffin photo is public domain

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 20 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  • Yields: 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup raisins or chopped nuts (optional
  • we like the nuts only)

Instructions

  1. You'll love these tasty muffins that are good for breakfast, dinner or dessert.
  2. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. Grease bottoms of 12 medium muffin cups (2 3/4 inches in diameter).
  4. Mix all ingredients just until flour is moistened. Batter should be lumpy.
  5. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.
  6. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon sugar over batter in each cup.
  7. Bake 18 to 20 minutes.
  8. Immediately remove from pan.
  9. Makes 12 muffins.

Betty Crocker Cookbook

As a newly wed, many years ago, I don't know what I would have done without my copy of Betty Crocker Cookbook. It tells you how to cook just about everything and gives easy to follow directions with illustrations.

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes

These Yummy little treats are perfect for a childrens party and are simple enough for the kids to help prepare. The recipe is one of the boo-lishous ones in Wormy Apple Croissants and other Halloween Recipes by Brekka Hervey Larrew.

1 package yellow cake mix

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk

1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin

3 large eggs

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 (16-ounce) can cream cheese frosting

2 drops orange food coloring

1 tube of black decorating icing or candy corn

1. Pup cupcake liners into a muffin pan.

2. In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir together with a rubber scraper.

3. Add evaporated milk and canned pumpkin to bowl.

4. Add eggs and vegetable oil to bowl. Combine ingredients together with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes.

4. Spoon the batter into baking cups, filling each 2/3 full.

Bake for 25-30 minutes.

6. Use an oven mitt or potholder to remove the cupcakes from the oven and cool for 20 minutes.

7. In a small bowl, mix frosting and food coloring with the rubber scraper.

8. Use the same scraper to frost each cupcake.

Decorate with black icing, raisins or candy corn to form eyes, a nose, and a mouth on each jack-o-lantern.

Wormy Apple Croissants

This cookbook of Halloween recipes is designed for kids. There are lots of great illustrations and detailed, step by step directions. It's a fun book to use with your little goblins to prepare treats for a Halloween party.

Pumpkin Postcard Invitation on Zazzle

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Pumpkin Postcard Invitation

Here's the perfect invitation to send to all the little ghosts and goblins for your Halloween or Harvest party this fall.

Pumpkin Cookies

These yummy cookies are great for Halloween or anytime and all the little ghosts and goblins will love them. The recipe comes from one of my favorite cookbooks, Betty Crocker's Cooky Book.

1 1/2 cups brown sugar (packed)

1/2 cup shortening

2 eggs

1 2/4 cups canned pumpkin

2 3/4 cups All-purpose Flour

1 Tablespoon baking powder

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ginger

1 cup raisins (we leave these out)

1 cup chopped pecans

Heat oven to 400 degrees F (moderate hot).

Mix sugar, shortening, eggs and pumpkin thoroughly.

Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting.

Blend dry ingredients; add to pumpkin mixture, stirring until well blended.

Add raisins and pecans.

Drop batter by teaspoonfuls on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Cookies may be iced when cool with a thin butter icing.

Makes about 6 dozen cookies.

Betty Crocker Cookie Book

My old trusty Betty Crocker's Cooky Book is the one with the red cover. You can still get copies of it on Amazon. I'm pretty sure that this newer version also has the same outstanding cookie recipes as the old one, complete with illustrations and easy to follow directions.

Pumpkin, Corn and Fruit

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Quick & Easy Recipe for Homemade Pumpkin Soup

This delicious and easy to make recipe for Hearty Pumpkin Soup came from Deanna F. Cook's, Kids' Pumpkin Projects Planting & Harvest Fun. It's written with younger cooks in mind.

1 medium-sized pumpkin

4 cups (1 liter) chicken broth

1/4 cup (50 ml) maple syrup

1 Tablespoon (15 ml) butter or margarine

1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) salt

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Slice the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds. Place the halves cut-side down on a buttered cookie sheet. Bake for 1 hour.

2. Use a big metal spoon to scoop out the pumpkin flesh. Then, mash the flesh with a potato masher.

3. In a heavy saucepan, combine the pumpkin with the rest of the ingredients. Warm over low heat, stirring occasionally.

Serves 6 to 8 kids a hot, hearty meal.

Other types of winter squash can also be used instead of pumpkin to make a delicious, hearty soup.

How to Make Pumpkin Soup

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Bake the pumpkins for about 45 min to 1 hour. Test for softness. Let them cool and scrape the flesh out with a large metal spoon.Use a potato masher to mash up the pumpkin meat. Assemble the ingredients and put them all into a large sauce panWhen everything is in the pot, stir well and slowly heat the soup on low until all the flavors are blended. Taste it and adjust the spices.When it is thoroughly warmed and blended, it's ready to serve. It's very rich and filling.We added a couple of whole wheat biscuits and a glass of herb tea.  It can be eaten alone or with a little side of meat, if desired.
Bake the pumpkins for about 45 min to 1 hour. Test for softness. Let them cool and scrape the flesh out with a large metal spoon.
Bake the pumpkins for about 45 min to 1 hour. Test for softness. Let them cool and scrape the flesh out with a large metal spoon.
Use a potato masher to mash up the pumpkin meat. Assemble the ingredients and put them all into a large sauce pan
Use a potato masher to mash up the pumpkin meat. Assemble the ingredients and put them all into a large sauce pan
When everything is in the pot, stir well and slowly heat the soup on low until all the flavors are blended. Taste it and adjust the spices.
When everything is in the pot, stir well and slowly heat the soup on low until all the flavors are blended. Taste it and adjust the spices.
When it is thoroughly warmed and blended, it's ready to serve. It's very rich and filling.
When it is thoroughly warmed and blended, it's ready to serve. It's very rich and filling.
We added a couple of whole wheat biscuits and a glass of herb tea.  It can be eaten alone or with a little side of meat, if desired.
We added a couple of whole wheat biscuits and a glass of herb tea. It can be eaten alone or with a little side of meat, if desired.

Emeril's Pumpkin Soup

Emeril's Potluck Cookbook

Emeril is Louisiana cooking and here's a collection of comfort food recipes that are sure to please.

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Recipes Book
Old Fashioned Pumpkin Recipes Book

Old Fashioned Pumpkin Recipes

Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Recipes
Price: 4.25
Historical notes describe how pumpkins have fed many generations of Americans in the past, and tell how to prepare fresh pumpkin pulp. Several recipes for pumpkin pies are included in the 61 recipes, as well as breads, cookies and cakes, puddings, ice cream and other treats, roasted pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin preserves. Party treats include taffy apples and spiced cider.

Kids' Pumpkin Projects

If you want to study about pumpkins, then this is a book that you must have. It gives creative activities and good information about the pumpkin during every season of the year. From seed to the cooking pot, there is everything, pumpkin.

© 2009 Yvonne L. B.

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      pauljose355 3 years ago

      Thanks for all the recipes. Pumpkin cookies are my favorite. And you have shared so many recipes related to it. I am just very happy to find this blog. Thanks for this post.

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      VSP 6 years ago

      I love the pictures presented in this lens and as well as the recipes. I should give some of those recipes a try! Featured this lens on my Everything Pumpkin, Recipes and More lens.

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      mmkellis 6 years ago

      I love pumpkin anything- cake, soup, muffins, ravioli! Great lens.

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      Now I'm hungry! I'm featuring this on my lens "Celebrate Autumn - Ideas to Celebrate and Enjoy the Fall".

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      squid-janices7 7 years ago

      Love this lens...the photos are excellent and the recipes look quite yummy. I've featured you on The Best Pumpkin Desserts Ever lens (http://www.squidoo.com/the-best-pumpkin-desserts-e... that I've entered in the Thanksgiving Cookoff for Charity. A well-deserved 5* for you!

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      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Pumpkin Cake - I've got to try it! 5* / Angel Blessed . . . your lenses are lovely!!

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      ThomasC 7 years ago

      I love the Pumpkin Cake Recipe! Awesome lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Colourful lens, with a great amount of information. Thank you.

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      VBright 7 years ago

      What a delightful lens. I enjoyed all of it! I love pumpkin. One of my fav. pumpkin yummies is pumpkin roll cake. 5* and an angel blessing for you. And a fav!