[fall fun]

[the artists' work: a st. laurence high school logo, a nightmare before christmas jack-o-lantern, a chicago bears logo [hehe] and an owl on a branch]

The best kinds of weekends are the ones where you don’t have plans but things sort of unfold as you go. This weekend we did just that, fall style. We carved pumpkins, watched football [or if you were me, napped], drank spiced cider [simmer apple cider with cinnamon sticks, whipped cream vodka & captain morgan - delish] & watched a scary movie. The weather was crisp and picture perfect. I’m craving more fall weekends just like this one.

While we’re on the subject of fall, the other week I baked up these miniature chocolate pumpkin spice cakes with a cider maple glaze for our flag football team. They were super easy to make and a tasty way to celebrate our first win!

[even though they look semi fancy they're simply doctored up cake mix plus doctored up vanilla frosting]

[more cute cakes with my crock pot simmering away in the background]

Mini Pumpkin Spice Cakes with Cider Maple Glaze

for cakes:

  • 1 package of Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bread and Muffin Mix
  • eggs, oil & water per box directions
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • dash of pure vanilla extract

for glaze:

  • 1/2 cup of your favorite vanilla frosting
  • 1 dash of apple cider
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 dash cinnamon

{optional but yet also sort of a necessity this time of year: bag of candy corn}

Preheat your oven to 350F. Combine pumpkin bread mix with eggs, oil, water, vanilla and chocolate chips. Pour into your favorite [greased] cupcake tin [I used a mini bundt cake pan]. Bake per package directions. While cakes are baking, whisk frosting, cider, maple syrup, and cinnamon together. Let cakes cool completely, then drizzle glaze over top with a fork. Decorate with candy corns and serve.


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  1. Love those carved pumpkins.
    You know you need one with a Steelers logo…

    Those min-pumpkin spice cakes look really good. I usually don’t like pumpkin-anything… but I just might try one of those little buggers.


    1. Sorry to break it to ya but there will be nooooo Steelers fanfare on this blog, thankyouverymuch! Browns are the only team we care about here. I hear about the Steelers enough from my family… ah-hem.

      The pumpkin carving was quite an experience…could have used one of those nifty automatic pumpkin carvers I saw on the shelves but forgot to buy. Whoever thought of that is a genius!


  2. Did you say “genius”…

    When I created the “As seen on TV” – “Carve-O-Matic” it was like a lighting bolt hit me.
    I thought – how can I help the millions of “carving-challenge people in the burps…

    The rest is HISTORY!!!


  3. This is a great post. Thank you and Google for chance to read it.


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