Pumpkin Football Cakes

 September 20, 2013
Posted by jenn

Fall and Football~ Whoopie!!footballs

Yes. Summer is my favorite, but who can resist the leaves changing, pretty sunsets, cooler weather and Football.  Even if you don’t love the game, you’ve got to love the parties and tailgates that come with it!  So, if you’re hosting a party yourself or planning to go to one how about going long and scoring with these incredibly cute and yummy little football shaped whoopie pies. And their pumpkin flavored to boot!!  Now, for the football shape, you’ll need  egg-shaped muffin pans.  I know what you’re thinking…who has those? I came across mine years ago at Williams-Sonoma, and while Easter is typically the time to find them you’ll have luck now at various kitchen supply stores.  Wilton carries a “Mini Egg Pan” that can be found at craft supply stores or on their website.  Amazon is also a good source.

Here’s how we learned to make them:

Yield: 12 cakes and 6 to 7 cupcakes
Prep: 30 mins
Bake: 20 mins to 22 mins 350°
Cool: 5 mins
Ingredients:
Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Frosting:

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3 1/2 – 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Directions:1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease twelve 5-ounce egg-shaped muffin cups; set aside.2. In a medium bowl stir together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. In a large bowl combine eggs, pumpkin, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and vegetable oil; whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, one-third at a time, stirring just until combined after each addition. Spoon a scant 1/4 cup batter into each prepared muffin cup, filling each about half full*.3. Bake 20 to 22 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Remove from pans. Cool completely on wire rack. Split cakes horizontally. If necessary, trim tops of cakes so they will sit flat when inverted.4. For Buttercream Frosting, in a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add 1 1/2 cups of the powdered sugar, beating well. Beat in milk and vanilla. Gradually beat in enough of the remaining powder sugar to reach desired consistency.5. Spread frosting over one cake half; top with remainig half. Pipe “laces” on top. Repeat with remaining cakes. Makes 12 cakes.

*Use any remaining batter to make cupcakes. Line 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups. Fill two-thirds full with batter. Bake in a 350 degrees F oven for 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
P.S. Box mixes also work =) but shhh that’s our little secret.
Have fun!
xo~oyp

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