Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pumpkin~Cinnamon Swirl Breakfast Cakes

No where is it written that you can't enjoy pumpkin all year long!  I know that for a fact with our daughter Kelly who loved anything pumpkin...and her son is no different.  So this morning, I "whipped" up a surprise for his breakfast with these little cakes.

I remember when Ari was just barely 2 1/2 years old and his dad and I took him to pick apples and pears; just like they did as a family.  After the fruit was picked, he wanted to head to the pumpkin patch to pick one for Halloween.  The first thing he notice was how prickly the stems were and the second thing, being the outdoor's boy he is, said, "Mimi, these look like soccer balls!"  I had to grab him quick before he put a foot to one of them:-D



We have gray skies and it's a bit cooler, so pumpkin was very appropriate, but even if it were sunny, I still love the smell of it baking.

Pumpkin~Cinnamon Swirl Breakfast Cakes
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Cinnamon/Sugar Filling
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 T ground cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped pecans

In a large bowl, mix the first eight ingredients and use a hand whisk to combine.  Add the dry ingredients and use a rubber spatula to combine thoroughly--don't over mix.
Scoop about a 1/4 cup of batter into the prepared liners; I use "crumb cake liners," but you could also do these in a muffin pan.
Use an off-set spatula to spread and smooth the batter.  Next, add about 1 tablespoon of the Cinnamon/Sugar mixture.  Then, put another scoop of batter on top and smooth again with the spatula.
Finally, divide the remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture on the top of each one of the cakes.
 Bake Breakfast Cakes 20-23 minutes until they spring back on top when lightly touched.
The spices, combined with the pumpkin, made these little cakes the perfect Breakfast treat.  Don't let the calendar tell you to wait for pumpkin in the fall...you can have it now.  Enjoy!  

I'm sorry to say that I've had to add "word verification" again; the amount of spam I'm getting is beyond ridiculous, rude, and intrusive.  Until I figure how to transfer this blog to WordPress, please bear with me--Thanks for understanding 





25 comments:

  1. I am always looking for more pumpkin recipes and this looks wonderful indeed!

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    1. We love pumpkin and it really is so healthy too. These would certainly be perfect at one of your tea parties. XOXO

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  2. These sound delicious and I bet your house smelled wonderful...Ari is a lucky man. I'll be making boozy s'mores bars this weekend. Wish you were here! Lv, me

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    1. Oh...wishing I was there too and not just for the s'mores! Love ya, XOXO

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  3. Those look amazing! Your grandson is such a lovely little boy. xxoo

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    1. I can't believe he's going to be 5 next week; Kelly would be so proud of him, XOXO

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  4. I think it's great to have pumpkin-flavored things all year round, too! :) What a cute grandson you have–I'm sure you enjoy spending time with him so much!

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    1. He's one of the reasons we're moving to the east coast! Grands are really the center of our lives right now.

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  5. I just checked my pantry and I have a can of pumpkin. I think I will bake these yummy little breakfast cakes in my KAF hamburger bun pan!

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    1. That will work--the recipe made 8; muffins you'd probably get 12. Ari loved them, XOXO

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  6. I'm not a big pumpkin fan (pumpkin pie that is) but I do like pumpkin bread so this cake sounds pretty darn good!

    hugs,
    Linda

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    1. If you like pumpkin bread, you'll definitely love these, XOXO

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  7. We don't use pumpkin nearly enough in this country. I use it for soups, or carve one for Halloween and that is it. I must try harder. These look wonderful, but not nearly as wonderful as your grandson!

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    1. I always try to bake, using what's fresh and in season, but this is an exception when canned pumpkin is so good and readily available. It's so good for you too. Having Ari here for two weeks has been pure joy--it's the reason to move closer so we can see him and the girls more, XOXO

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  8. Spam. The bane of our existence and why Blogger isn't able to keep up with it is beyond me. Grrr...

    Okay, I love pumpkin all year long, too. I hoard cans of it. Did you know that pumpkin is very good for cats and dogs...a small amount...if they get tummy upsets? I was able to take my grandkitty some of my hoarded pumpkin recently.

    Your little grandson is so cute. He must love the treats that come from your kitchen.

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    1. I'm really disappointed in blogspot and the amount of spam they allow. I promise after we move (the end of July) I will get this blog switched to Wordpress so you won't have to do "word verification!"
      I actually buy a brand of cat food that has pumpkin in it--Rosie loves it.

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  9. Pumpkin cakes sound good to me. Ari looked cute picking his pumpkin.
    stamping sue
    http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

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    1. When I posted these old photos, I couldn't believe how much he's grown; and, I really can't believe he's going to be 5 next week!

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  10. These look wonderful Susan. I have a can of pumpkin in my pantry as we speak. I'll ask my grands when they come up if they would like to bake these. Have a great weekend Susan! xoxo ♥
    Martha Ellen

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    1. Ari loved them...and so did hubby!

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  11. Oh Susan! These are amazing...I can smell them all the way to Texas! I am SO making these! And, you are right about pumpkin! Why wait for Autumn! Thank you ever so much for sharing!!

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  12. I wish I could get some pumpkin at this time of year...love the stuff. Your breakfast cupcakes look beautiful.

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  13. Hi Susan. We love anything pumpkin and eat it year round. These are definitely the most delicious pumpkin muffins I have ever had. I made them this afternoon and had one for dessert. Simply wonderful. Love seeing your grandson helping you bake. -- he is a little doll.

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  14. Oh, in my heart it's autumn year long, Susan, so bring on the pumpkins!!
    Loved this, especially the adorable pumpkin picker. :)
    xoxo's

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