Thursday, December 20, 2018

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Cake, Pumpkin Bread, Thanksgiving Recipes, Christmas Recipes, Holiday Baking, Christmas Decorating Ideas, Plaid Christmas Stockings, Christmas Tree
My boys are napping (well, one is napping and the other is goofing around and talking to himself in his crib), and I'm taking a break this afternoon from Christmas menu planning, list making, picking up toys, sewing a cafe curtain for our dining room to block the view of our neighbor's messy yard, cleaning and vacuuming to enjoy a second cup of coffee and a piece of this pumpkin bread I baked yesterday.  When does pumpkin bread stop being bread and become cake?  Is it when it's baked in a bundt cake pan instead of loaf pans and covered in swirls of icing?

Recipes for pumpkin bread and pumpkin cake are pretty similar, with the bread perhaps being a bit more dense, although still rather fluffy and cake-like.  And while I don't usually add chocolate chips or chopped pecans to pumpkin cake, they're a common addition to pumpkin bread, although I decided to keep mine plain this time and just ice it with a bit of leftover molasses buttercream I found in my freezer, leftover from another cake.  Whether pumpkin bread or pumpkin cake, it's exactly what I was wanting...

Friday, December 14, 2018

Christmas Tree and Wreath Cake

Christmas Cake, Christmas Baking, Cake Decorating Ideas, Plaid Christmas Decorations, Hot Chocolate Bar, Christmas Tree, Christmas Wreath, Christmas Tree Cake, Red Velvet Cake
There's no holiday that I love like Christmas, and no cake that I love to make like a Christmas cake.  This year, I get to make two, one still to come for Christmas week, and this one that I made for a party today.

I'm completely in love with this cake design.  I had envisioned something cozy, festive, and quintessentially Christmasy, like a warm crackling fire, the mantle hung with garland and stockings, and a sparkling tree nearby; this cake perfectly embodies the feeling of a cozy night spent snuggling by the fire, eating popcorn, drinking hot chocolate, and watching Christmas movies...