‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice everything! The arrival of pumpkin spice goodies is a sure sign that fall has arrived. The deep flavors and rich fall colors of pumpkin spiced baked goods are absolutely irresistible. Amanda here today with some pumpkin spice inspired cards and a super yummy pumpkin cake recipe.
Inspired by a way delicious pumpkin cake I made last week, I thought it would be fun to make some pumpkin spice inspired thank you cards for Fall. I dug through Pebbles’ Harvest collection for deep yellow and orange pumpkin spice colored patterned papers and embellishments.
Really great cards don’t have to be complicated. Attach a journaling card to the front of a card with a clip and you have a super easy and sophisticated card (Amy uses the same technique in this post HERE). Add some texture by adding stitching detail and a jute twine bow.
Adding fibers to a card gives a flat card warmth and dimension. Simply wind some twine around your hand and place beneath an embellishment.
You can also add texture to a card using Pebbles delicious flour sack labels.
Choosing the right adhesive can make or break a project. A little bit of double sided adhesive tape on the back of a patterned paper panel holds everything in place until you stitch the border of the card. Crafty Tip: Strategically place adhesive away from the areas where you will be stitching so you don’t gum up your sewing machine.
Raised sticky dots are perfect for adhering cardstock embellishments to cards. Add a few well placed raised sticky dots to your embellishment and place directly on top of the twine to hold the twine in place.
Adhere bows to cards with a dab of liquid adhesive. This glue also dries clear so you won’t even notice the glue blob.
Now this is what you’ve been waiting for–the pumpkin cake that inspired it all. I recommend making at least two. Yum!
Frosted Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (from Cooking Light magazine)
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 (8 oz.) package 1/3 less fat cream cheese
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. To prepare cake, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.
3. Combine brown sugar 1/4 cup butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, to sugar mixture; beat well after each addition. Add pumpkin; mix well. Fold in flour mixture. Spread batter into a 13×9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 degrees F or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack.
4. To prepare frosting, combine 2 tablespoons butter, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and cream cheese in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until combined. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating until well combined. Spread frosting evenly over top of cake.
Happy pumpkin everything!
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