Foodie Friday--Mini Molasses Pumpkin Cakes

Perhaps you saw these Pumpkin cakes on the cover of Southern Living magazine last month.  I finally got around to making them last week.  It is the best tasting pumpkin muffin recipe I have tried!  It has a deep spicy flavor that is so good and different from most pumpkin bread-like recipes.  Probably because it uses molasses and just ginger for spices.  Their stem and leaves are made with caramels molded into the shapes.  I just glazed mine as I didn't have the caramels to work with.
Mini Pumpkin-Molasses Cakes (makes 4 pumpkins)
1/2 cup butterr, softened
34 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup molasses
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. salt
Beat butter at medium speed until creamy; gradually add brown sugar, beating well.  Add egg, beating until blended.  Add canned pumpkin and molasses, beating well.
Combine dry ingredients and add gradually to pumpkin mixture.
Spoon into a lightly greased pumpkin-shaped muffin pan, filling three-fourths full.
Bake at 375 for 24-26 minutes.  Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove and cool completely.

 Cut rounded tops off muffins to make them flat (They were a very tasty snack)


Invert top muffins onto bottom muffins, forming pumpkins.  I used pretzels for the stems.

I put a little of the glaze in between the top and bottom to "glue" them together.

Drizzle glaze over pumpkins.

 Caramel Rum Glaze
1 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup evaporated milk
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 Tbsp rum
Bring first 3 ingredients to a boil in a 2 qt. saucepan over medium heat, whisking constantly; boil, whisking constantly, 1 minute.  Remove from heat; gradually whisk in powdered sugar and rum until smooth.  Whisk gently 3-5 minutes or until mixture begins to cool and thickens slightly.  Use immediately.  Enjoy!
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heartnsoulcooking said...

I love the combination of molasses and pumpkin. The recipe for the glaze sounds AWESOME!!!

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Oh my! Oh my! These look so fantastic! I've got to make these soon! Thanks for sharing...your photos are super!

Mary said...

I think I'm in love. These look fantastic and the glaze is amazing. Thanks for sharing this with us. Have a great weekend.

Lynn said...

I love both molasses and pumpkin but never have put them together, so I will have to try this soon.
They look so yummy. Thank you for sharing.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I did see these, but I knew I wouldn't be able to make them look like that. I'm glad to know they taste great. I am also glad to see how you made them look great without having to mold leaves etc. Thanks you.

Connie Weiss said...

those look delicious and so fancy!

SnoWhite said...

these are really cute :)

jenjen said...

I want one of those! Yummy!


wenderful said...

I saw those on Southern Living. They look delicious!

A Gracious Home said...

I think I'll try those muffins. They are beautiful. Doylene

Marie said...

Those look sooooo good Jean! I am going to have to try them for sure!

Grammy Staffy said...

These look so good. I will have to try them. Thanks