Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Plump Pumpkin Part 2: festive food for fall

I've spent so much time in the kitchen recently! I feel my blog has transformed into a cookbook. I will be doing a post on NEW interior design from an expert that's appeared on HGTV soon but first...MORE pumpkin yum-o.

Last year, I saw these adorable little pumpkin cakes in Southern Living. I don't have the pumpkin-shaped cake pans, so I used my small bundt pans and crossed my fingers that the completed project would imitate a pumpkin. I cut off the bottoms and flipped on top of the upside down cake...and it worked.


I made the stems and leaves from caramel square candies. I popped the candy in the microwave for 5 seconds, then used a rolling pin to flatten them. Using a paring knife, I was able to shape the stem and leaves.


These make ideal Thanksgiving gifts
for friends and neighbors.

The next pumpkin-shaped dish is a big cheese ball I made from a Gooseberry Patch cookbook. Any other Gooseberry Patch lovers out there? This has cream cheese, sharp cheddar, and blue cheese. I rolled it in nuts and paprika.


The stem is from a real pumpkin!
I popped it off, washed it, and placed it on my cheese ball.
To save on time,
you can purchase a cheese ball and put a stem on it.


Ready for a harvest party.


Enjoy the bounty of the season.

For a collection of Pumpkin Desserts,
see part one.

NEW ideas in Interior Design
from an expert who has been
seen on HGTV coming soon...



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24 comments:

Leanne said...

Oh my gosh, Lisa! Is there anything you can't do? They look beautiful and yummy. You're amazing!

anecdotes said...

I tried to hide "my" pumpkin, but HansMan found it.
~sWaMpY~

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Girl, you are some kind of talented, and that pumpkin cake looks scrumptious. So does the other. YUM!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Oh Lisa I just love both of these ideas!! So cute for entertaining (except no one will want to eat them because they are so pretty, lol)

Jane said...

Another great idea from Lisa!!! These little pumpkins are adorable. And how clever you are, using caramels to make the stem and leaves. Too cute!
Jane (Artfully graced)

Orange it Lovely said...

oh these are just too too cute! They look to good to eat!
~Tana

Stacey said...

The pumpkin cake is gorgeous. Love how you made the stem and leaves from caramels. So super creative. I love it.

Courtney said...

Oooh! Love how you used the real pumpkin stem!

I would LOVE for you to link up to my What's Cooking Wednesday!

http://notsohomemade.blogspot.com/2010/11/from-scratch-pumpkin-pie-1110-whats.html

Holly said...

Look at you go! I love pumpkins. Those cakes are adorable. Cannot wait to see who the expert is (you, perhaps?)

Jennifer Rizzo said...

Those are all so cute! and I LOVE pumpkin!

Karla @ {The Classy Woman} said...

Lisa, these pumpkins are adorable! I love how you made the stem and leaves from caramel too, very creative, still keeping it edible. Thank you for stopping by and linking up to my Recipe Linky Party! :)

Hugs,
Karla

Jacqueline said...

These are both adorable pumpkin shaped foods. I would love them on my Thanksgiving table (would you make them for me?) Love the caramel stems and leaves and how easy is that! I need to go check out post #1.

Sue said...

Love the caramel leaves and stem!

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, these are so cute! Great job!

TidyMom said...

Adorable Lisa!!! thanks for linking up too!

urbancraft said...

Pumpkin cakes, brilliant! Why didn't I find these before Halloween. ok, Halloween 2011, it's on.

Pattie T. said...

What fun! I've seen the pumpkin cakes before, but the cheese ball was new to me. I love it. So cute! I'm filing away this idea for next year.

Judy@cutest-little-things said...

Very cute fallish treats! Love Gooseberry Patch (and Southern Living, too)!

Judy@cutest-little-things

C.R.A.F.T. said...

YUM! come on over and link up to MMM :)

Victoria said...

What great ideas!!! The pumpkin bunt cake looks delicious:)

NYCLQ said...

Too cute and wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving to you!

:D Lynda

Carol said...

:umpkin. Shaped. Food. Really, what could be better??
These are delightful! My first visit, think I'd better check out more of your posts!

The Tablescaper said...

Great pumpkin shaped food.

- The Tablescaper

Kassi said...

I LOVE the little pumpkin cake!!! What a great idea!!! Thanks for linking it up!