How To: Make a Chocolate Pumpkin Layer Cake
Learn to make a dramatic, delicious fall cake. This Chocolate Pumpkin Layer Cake from the blog iambaker, is a real showstopper. For the recipe go to:http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/chocolate-pumpkin-cake/can't imagine a more dramatic or delicious dessert than this Chocolate Pumpkin Layer Cake . The recipe comes from the blog iambaker, and it's a real showstopper. This cake has three components: moist cake layers, milk chocolate ganache, and fluffy pumpkin whipped cream . We'll start with the cake. In a small bowl, mix canned pumpkin and buttermilk. Set that aside, and in another bowl; combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Now, in a large bowl, let's beat butter, brown and white sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Now we'll add the dry ingredients and the pumpkin mixture alternately, beating on low speed. You can see, this is very similar to traditional chocolate cake batters, but the pumpkin makes it extra moist and adds another layer of flavor. Spread the batter in greased 8x8 inch pans and bake for about 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let the cakes cool 10 minutes and then turn them out onto wire racks. While those cakes cool, let's make our milk chocolate ganache. Start by warming whipping cream over medium-high heat. When the cream just starts to boil, remove it from the heat and add milk chocolate pieces. Just let the chips soften up in the milk. After about 5 minutes, stir the ganache until it's smooth. Then let it cool for an hour or two so it thickens up. Spoon the chocolate ganache over the cake layers and let it drip down the sides. Now while those cake layers sit at room temperature for an hour or so, we're going to make the pumpkin whipped cream . Start by stirring some cinnamon and allspice into canned pumpkin. In a chilled mixing bowl, beat whipping cream and powdered sugar together. When soft peaks form fold in the pumpkin. Then you can add the rest of the powdered sugar. Load the bag with pumpkin whipped cream , and chill it thoroughly in the fridge. This will give you a nice stiff mixture for piping. Because whipped cream isn't as stable as buttercream frosting, you should wait to assemble this cake until close to serving time. Start by placing one cake layer on a plate or a cake stand. Since these cake layers are pretty heavy, you might want to put a little extra support inside the cake. A few drinking straws will do. Now let's spread our chilled pumpkin whipped cream on top. Carefully set your other cake layer on top. Don't press down too hard. Now use your piping bag to make
How To: Make an Any-Season Wreath
Hardy broadleaf evergreen shrubs offer a bounty of colorful foliage year-round! To create a lush evergreen wreath, gather clippings of various evergreens from your yard or check out your local nursery for a colorful shrub or two to add to your garden. Soak a 12-inch floral foam wreath in water. Cutgather clippings of various evergreens from your yard or check out your local nursery for a colorful shrub or two to add to your garden. Soak a 12-inch floral foam wreath in water. Cut stems 1
How To: Make Hand Pies
Hand pies pack all the flavor of traditional fruit pies into a cute, portable package. They’re perfect for picnics and potlucks.to cut circles from the pastry. Set the circles on a parchment-lined baking sheet . For round pies, spoon 2 big tablespoons of fruit into the center of the circle. Now letâs brush the edge around the
How To: Plant a Cottage Garden in a Pot
A colorful cottage garden in a big container will thrive throughout the summer. Plant a pot with some of our favorite flowers and herbs, or simply use what’s available in your garden.tuck the Gomphrena and variegated oregano into the front of the pot. Water well and enjoy your colorful new creation.
How To: Build a Rose Bouquet
In this casual country arrangement, we combine Patience and Juliet roses with fresh-cut lady’s mantle, hydrangea and coneflowers in a white enamel bucket. Let your garden inspire a similar nontraditional arrangement!flowers, pick colors that work well with each other and the container, paying special attention to scale and texture. Patience and Juliet roses are wide and dense with petals. Hydrangea and ladyâs mantle are ideal companions because
How To: Create a Succulent Arrangement
A cake stand and some florist’s moss provide a simple foundation for this stunning succulent display that works great as a centerpiece.
How To: Make a Garden Chandelier
Create a unique garden chandelier, using a shallow tray, canning jars, votive candles, moss, a flowerpot, rope, chain, and birdseed.use just about any shallow tray, pan or basket found at a flea market or in the corner of your garage. Before you start to assemble the chandelier, youâll need 12 quart-size canning jars along with 12 votive candles; a bag of sheet moss; a 6-inch-wide flowerpot without a drainage hole; four 3-foot lengths of linkinterior of the basket with a layer of sheet moss. Place the canning jars around the edge of the basket, and tuck small pieces of sheet moss between them for stabilization. Place the flowerpot in the center. Filling it with a fresh arrangement. Finish your chandelier by filling the canning jars one-quarter full of birdseed, placing a votive candle in each one. Itâs finally time to hang the chandelier, light the candles and