Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pumpkin Gooey Cake Heart attack version - I promise it is edible!

Ok, I stray from soap but for good reason! This has got to be one of the best freggin cakes in the world! If you love pumpkin, and have a crazy sweet tooth, this cake is the perfect thing to satisfy you - it is to die for - really!

This recipe is from my dear friend Nikole via Paula Dean. Heart attack version calls for an extra stick of butter to be added to the filling but everything else is the same. Paula Deen would be proud!

see original recipe here: Paula Deen's Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake

Nikole's Heart Attack Version Pumpkin Gooey Cake:
Bottom Cake:
  • 1 (18 1/4-ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 8 tablespoons (one stick) butter, melted
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 16 Tablespoons (2 sticks) butter, melted
  • 1 (16-ounce) box powdered sugar (you may want to do 1 1/2 c. instead of the whole box to cut the sweetness a bit)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Combine the cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well with an electric mixer (I used a spoon and it worked just fine. Just mix well).
- Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 13 by 9-inch baking pan.
- To make the filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth.
- Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter, and beat together.
- Next, add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mix well.
- Spread pumpkin mixture over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes.
Make sure not to overbake as the center should be a little gooey.

Best served warm with lots of vanilla ice cream!  and perhaps a Pumpkin Beer?
This Buffalo Bills Pumpkin Ale is my favorite - made my Pyramid - look for it at BevMo!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

And the Winner is...

Thank you for all of the wonderful Pumpkin comments; DQ Pumpkin Blizzard – oh yes!;
yummy treats, dogs and husbands and children discovering pumpkin; a 1258 lb pumpkin in NC; Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout brewed in Gloucester MA; lovely comments of warm fuzzy family memories; comments from faithful customers who always make me blush with their kind words…

It is time for the big reveal! The winner of the Great Pumpkin Giveaway is Number 16!
Casey Snow – please step up and receive your prize!
FYI - it shows 31 posts but two people left two back to back comments which were counted as one so everyone was included!

Thank you all again! Next giveaway is November 10th so be sure to check in!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Great Pumpkin Giveaway-Calling all Pumpk-aholics!

I am a Pumpk-aholic and I have been on a binge - pumpkin beer, pumpkin soup, pumpkin cake, pumpkin seeds, with more to come (suggestions, recipes, projects, welcome! I want to spread the love of Pumpkin so I am giving away a great selection of handmade pumpkin bath goodies! One 4.5 oz. bar of my Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cake Soap, One 10.5 oz. jar of my Pumpkin Crumb Cake Sugar Scrubs and One 5 oz bar of my 3D Cinderella Pumpkin Soap in a gift box! (made with my original mold that you won't find anywhere else!) See the enticing pics below!

TO ENTER: Just leave a comment under this post! I would love to hear why you too love (or hate) pumpkin but it is not necessary - you can just say hi :)
• If posting as anonymous please leave your first name in the comment.
• If you leave two comments, perhaps you forgot something in the first, only the first will be counted and everyone else moves up by one post. This is just so each person gets an equal chance to win. :)
• Please leave a comment by October 15th.
• Winner will be chosen at random 9pm PST October 15th

I will be doing a monthly giveaway so be sure to follow the blog to stay updated!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Out of the Box Samplers on Sale now!

I have samples of my Milk and Honey soap in and hidden inside two are gift certificates for $15.00 to my Etsy shop! See who else is in the box and pick one up! Just $22.00 at Out of the Box Sampler!

Milk and Honey Soap $6.50 at Naiad Soap Arts

Thursday, October 1, 2009

collaboration - an Etsy Day

The reason's that I love Etsy just keep growing! Aside from being a featured seller and all of my wonderful customers, it is a carnival of talent and has given me the opportunity to meet many amazing artists and crafters! I am excited to give a sneak peak at the custom Shave Mugs I have requested by Heather at Muds Evolution Pottery! I gave her a rough idea of what I wanted and she transformed the concept into these beautiful hand-thrown and glazed Shave Mugs! I will be selling these as a gift set with a Boar Bristle shave brush and a choice of shave soap in Sandalwood, Wasabi, Tart Grapefruit, Kumquat or Piña Colada, with a 3 oz. refill all for about $35.00 - $40.00! Mid-End of October!

Here is some more of Heather's work - you can ckeck it out on her Etsy page:


(aren't they sweet!)


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