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Pumpkin-Orange Tipsy Cake

Oct
14

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I served this cake to attendees at this weekend’s retreat, and they suggested I should call it Orange-Pumpkin Tipsy Cake, but I’m going with pumpkin first anyway. Though the orange flavor in this cake is pretty strong. And delicious. There’s actually more pumpkin in it than orange, though. And I started out wanting to create a pumpkin cake because I was in a pumpkin mood. It’s fall, after all! The idea to add orange came later in the process. I love how the cake came out and I hope you’ll give it a try. Here’s how I made it.

If you don’t want to use bourbon, you can replace the bourbon by using more orange juice. In that case, maybe you really should call it Orange-Pumpkin Cake. (No tipsy!)

(Though I like the tipsy!)

(But up to you!)

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How to make Pumpkin-Orange Tipsy Cake:

2 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
3 eggs
2 1/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/8 cup bourbon
1/8 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon cloves

For the glaze:
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup bourbon
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup pecans, chopped and roasted
1 tablespoon orange zest

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Cream brown sugar and butter; mix in eggs with an electric mixer. Add the flour, baking powder, bourbon, orange juice, orange zest, and spices. Mix well.
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Bake in a greased 9-inch tube pan for about 45 minutes–do the toothpick test and keep an eye on it.
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Remove from tube pan and cool. Poke holes all over the cake.
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To prepare the glaze: Heat the butter and brown sugar in a small pot. Boil two to three minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the other ingredients.
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Before pouring the glaze over the cake, place the cake in some kind of pan with sides so that the glaze that runs off won’t run away from you. Spoon the glaze over the cake, letting it soak into the holes.
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Refrigerate for at least a day before serving to let the glazy goodness seep into the cake. Before serving, warm the cake in a low oven then spoon the melted glaze off the bottom of the pan back over the cake. You can also spoon over more warmed orange juice and bourbon just before serving if you like.
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Serve with vanilla ice cream. This cake is scrumptious, very autumn-ish, and holiday-ish, too!

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Possum Pie

Oct
3

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You arrive at the church potluck, set down your lovely casseroles in the main dish area, and wander down the tables, casting your eyes over the wondrous dishes. You come to the dessert table and behold an awesome pie. You want that pie. Why can’t dessert be first? Why did you volunteer to help in the kitchen? The sacrifices you make! As the line dwindles, you put down your dish towel and get a plate. Yes, you go to the dessert table first. Because why not. And yet! Curses! That delectable pie is naught but a smear of chocolate and whipped cream on the bottom of an empty pie plate. You wonder if anyone will notice if you wipe that smear up with your finger and lick that last bit of chocolate and cream….

Or is that just me?
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Obviously, you have to make this pie for yourself. And not tell anyone or take it anywhere. Because this is that pie, the one that always disappears first from potluck dessert tables everywhere.

How to make Possum Pie:

6 ounces cream cheese
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 graham cracker crust
1/4 cup pecans, chopped, toasted
1 3.9-ounce package instant chocolate pudding
1 3.9-ounce package instant vanilla pudding
2 cups milk (cold)
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whipped cream
3/4 cup pecans, chopped, toasted

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth. Spread over the bottom of the graham cracker crust. Sprinkle with the 1/4 cup pecans. In another bowl, combine the pudding mixes with the cold milk and vanilla. Beat on low speed for one to two minutes until it starts to thicken. Spoon over the pecans in the pie pan.
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Chill for at least two hours or overnight. Top with whipped cream and the 3/4 cup pecans.
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Eat. Enjoy. Tell no one.
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P.S. I have no idea, really, why it’s called possum pie other than the dark and light colors in the pie.

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