Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Bread

Why do some things become so much more interesting late at night?

I’m talking about things like random movies that are playing on TV. All the snacks in the house seem to be calling your name. All of a sudden it seems like the perfect time to pin clothes I could never afford on pinterest while planning out my wildly unrealistic “dream house”.

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I can’t even tell you how many movies I’ve gotten myself tied up in at 12AM because you simply can not just start watching a movie and go to bed, you must finish said movie no matter how dumb or ridiculous it is.

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Along with these late night movies come the inevitable late night commercials. Some are just seriously downright confusing. Like this one with Audrey Hepburn. Like she just leaves her train and jumps in a car with some random guy and starts eating chocolate? Okay, forsure.

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Sometimes late at night I also get the urge to bake. This pumpkin snickerdoodle bread was a late night concoction that I made a while ago, but just dug up the photos for the other day. This flavor combo is seriously dynamite. I mean what part of snickerdoodle and pumpkin could not be awesome?? This is such an easy and delicious recipe that I have no doubt you all will love.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Bread

(Makes 2 loaves)

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
15 oz. can pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup water
FOR THE TOPPING:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and grease 2 loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl whisk flours, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and ground cinnamon. In a separate bowl, whisk pumpkin, oil, maple syrup, and water. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together topping ingredients and sprinkle over the tops of the loafs.
  5. Bake loafs in preheated oven for 1 hour 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool for about 30 minutes, then enjoy!

Random Fact of the Day: The oil used by jewelers to lubricate clocks and watches costs about $3,000 a gallon.

Condensed Milk Pound Cake

Have you guys heard of the instagram account @youdidnoteatthat ?

It’s absolutely hilarious and everything that I think about when I see photos of stick thin celebrities and models “eating” food.

Like seriously, even when they’re “eating” in TV shows, they’re either never putting the food in their mouths or the food is often made of mashed up bananas which I guess is considered less gross to see being chewed and doesn’t take a long time to swallow?

I love this account because I don’t know why it bothers me so much, but it really grinds my gears when people act like they can eat a donut the size of their face but also lose 3 pounds the same week.


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Sure, it’d be pretty embarrassing to get called out on this account, but for the rest of us, it’s pretty entertaining. And you know what? If you make it as obvious as some of these celebs that you’re not gonna eat the food you’re taking a pic with, then it *will* be pointed out.

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Anywho, here’s my pic I’m posting of something I happily enjoyed. There have been few pound cakes I haven’t enjoyed, and this one certainly followed suit. Looooved this cake! It’s nice and moist with a great, soft crumb. Enjoy!

Condensed Milk Pound Cake

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
3 large eggs

  1. Preheat the oven to 325˚ F and spray a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, sift together flour, salt, and baking powder.
  3. Using a mixer, beat together butter and white sugar. Mix in vanilla extract and eggs. The mixture will look kinda weird and curdled, but keep going! Mix in sweetened condensed milk. Slowly mix in sifted dry ingredients until fully combined. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 60-65 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out mostly clean with just a few crumbs clinging to it. Let cool in pan for about 10-15 minutes, then invert onto wire rack to complete cooling. Store leftovers in covered container.

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Apple Pie Cake

Why are specialty baking supplies so tempting???

I just went to the annual Wilton tent sale with my mom the other day and good lord that place is jam-packed with specialty bakeware.

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They have just about every possible cake pan shape and mold you could think of. Some of them seem so cool. Like of course I would like to make a rubber ducky cake. I would totally make that never so that just makes complete sense.Apple Pie Cake | Beautiful Disasters

We managed to have serious self control and pass up the things that would take up a lot of space in our kitchen and would get minimal use. We got out with a couple couplers, some piping tips, and piping bags. All pretty practical items that I use all the time.

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Some people really go a little nuts in there. Sometimes you’ll see people with multiple carts and my heart hurts a little thinking about their storage space going away for ever. When I stand back and think about those specialty baking utensils, it makes sense why I really don’t need them. Pretty much all those cakes you can make using a regular cake pan and just cutting the cake to you desired shape. The moment can really trip us all up though, not to mention the deals.

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Anywho, this apple cake is one that you won’t need any fancy, specialty tools to make! A nice springform pan will do just fine. This cake is more like one giant stack of sliced apples and is so gosh darn delicious. I have never had a cake with so many apples, which is what made this cake totally completely acceptable for breakfast.

Apple Pie Cake

7 granny smith apples, peeled and sliced thinly
3 Tablespoons cinnamon-sugar (2 1/2 Tablespoons white sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon)
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups superfine sugar* (see below)
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Spray a 10-inch springform pan with cooking spray. Place a round cut out of parchment paper in the bottom of sprayed springform pan; spray again with cooking spray.
  2. Layer the apple slices in the prepared pan until they come to about 2/3 of the way up the pan. Sprinkle 1 1/2 Tablespoons of the cinnamon-sugar over the apples.
  3. Prepare the batter by whisking together the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk in the oil and vanilla extract. Gently stir in the flour. Pour the batter evenly over the apple slices and tap the pan a few times to be sure the batter seeps all the way through the apples.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 20-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in an area with plenty of batter comes out clean and cake looks set and doesn’t jiggle when shaken. Let cool for about 1 hour, then let sit in fridge for about another hour or overnight to let set. Slide knife around edge of cake pan and gently remove cake and place on serving platter. Slice and enjoy! Cover leftovers.

**to make superfine sugar, just put regular white sugar in the food processor and whirl around for a few seconds until finer, but not to the point of becoming powdered sugar. You could also just buy “Baker’s Sugar” or “castor sugar”.

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

It’s funny how things change as you get older.

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Tastes for different foods change, taste in music changes, figuring out what practical clothes are changes, hobbies change, etcetera etcetera.

I’ve only been in college and out of high school for one year, but yikes man, these high schoolers make me feel like I’m 9837140934 years older than them.

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I work at our local community pool, where there are also a bunch of high schoolers working. One was asking about my plans for the weekend, it was a Tuesday, and I said that I hadn’t figured anything out yet. His reaction was complete shock. He was so baffled. He went on to tell me how they have all their plans set in stone by Tuesday. They have two party houses set up, one as a back-up plan and one for the real shibang.

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It was a little hard for me to contain my chuckles.

I had an image of a basement with the lights off and lots of sweaty kids grinding on each other. It makes me feel sweaty and nervous just thinking about it. It’s weird to think that could be appealing at one time. Now on a Saturday night you can find me either snuggled in bed, at a nice relaxed bonfire with friends, or watching SNL with my family.

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Also my bedtime now is about 4 times earlier. It almost seems like I enjoy sleeping more than I like hanging out with people.

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Anywho, one thing that has not changed with age is my love for chocolate and pound cakes. This one is a real winner! Perfect for a nice little treat.

Chocolate Chip Pound Cake

1 3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1 Tablespoons vanilla extract
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup chocolate chips

  1. Preheat oven to 325˚ and spray a 9-inch loaf pan with baking spray.
  2. Using a mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Mix in eggs, egg yolks, and vanilla extract. Mix in flour and salt. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  3. Bake loaf in preheated oven for 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cake cool for 20 minutes, then remove cake from pan and let cool on wire rack for about 10 minutes then slice and serve! Store leftovers in a covered container.

Buttermilk Pound Cake

If you haven’t noticed, I’m a little bit of a pound cake freak.

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I love them so much. So so much. Why do I find these beauties so fun to bake? Because their so freaking easy and quick. You can make SO many different kinds.

They can pretty much be made into their own food group at this point.

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I’ve made a wide range of recipes, some that are perfect for breakfast and others that are a bit less acceptable for breakfast. Some of my favorites have been Gram’s Hot Milk Cake, Double Swirl Pound Cake, Peanut Butter Cup Inspired Pound Cake, Sara Lee Impostor Pound Cake, Gram’s Yogurt Pound Cake, Chocolate Pound Cake, Coconut Pound Cake, and my all-time favorite Elvis Presley’s Favorite Pound Cake which is very similar to this recipe, but it uses heavy cream and not buttermilk.

But I think my favorite way to eat pound cake is still in it’s plain glory. Untouched by chocolate and other garnishes. It’s just like when you have a really good, quality, full-bodied vanilla ice cream where you don’t want to add anything to it to ruin it’s delicious base.

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Yikes, I’ve made a lot of pound cakes. Sorry, but they seriously won’t stop coming out of my oven.

This pound cake is super easy and makes a perfect breakfast with a cup of coffee or orange juice. You could also enjoy it as a dessert. I was thinking it could be awesome if you grilled some, topped it with sliced strawberries, chocolate sauce, and whipped cream!

Buttermilk Pound Cake

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk (I used 1 cup skim milk mixed with 1 tablespoon vinegar)

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F and spray a 10-inch tube pan with cooking spray and flour.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. Using a mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light. Beat in eggs one at a time. Then mix in vanilla. Mix in half the sifted dry ingredients. Pour in all of the buttermilk or milk-vinegar mixture. Mix in the remaining dry ingredients. Keep mixing until ingredients are fully incorporated. Pour batter into prepared tube pan.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 65-75 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pan for about 15 minutes, then carefully invert onto wire rack to complete cooling. Store in covered container.

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