Enjoy The Holidays and a Pumpkin Cake Recipe

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 Right off the bat I’d like to say that I very much enjoy about 99% of the comments left on my blog.  Talking about cooking, ingredients, and brainstorming problems or new ideas are my absolute favorite thing in the world! With the holidays coming up I’ve closed comments on all my posts older than 14 days.  I’d also like to announce a semi-hiatus.  I will not be posting again until after the holidays.  I am leaving you with a fantastic recipe though and to be frank I’m a little obsessed with it.  The frosting is perfect.  It needed very little tweaking and I’m extremely happy with the results I’ve had.  Even the recipe as is was pretty delicious. I have made very minor changes to it to get a fluffier more cakelike texture.  The recipe below is for cupcakes specifically and the time will be different for a regular cake.  I have not had a chance to test this.  A higher temperature seems to allow the cakes to rise faster and brings down the overall cook time dramatically.   If you want to make a cake then I would start with 20 mins (don’t open the oven!! Let the baking powder do it’s job!) and then check from there about every 5-10 mins with a toothpick. 

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My family is heading out to for (ugh! Lol Do you know how many times I proofread this thing!?) a Disney vacation for my son’s 6th birthday soon.  After that will be Thanksgiving, and then before I know it Christmas eve will be here! I whipped up this Letter for Santa the other day for my son.  That blank spot in the middle is supposed to have a snowman there! Ack! It’s all good, right?? I wanted to share it with you all as a HUGE thank you for how awesome you guys have been towards me and my recipes.  I never imagined I would get such an amazing reception into the world of blogging. 

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Download the Letter for Santa PDF Here

I want to mostly just enjoy the holiday season with my family without having to worry about things like nutritional information and what new recipe will I make?? This post was fairly easy for me to write up.  The pictures are from my phone! And it still took about two hours for me to do.  I am in awe of the truly prolific bloggers I have seen on Facebook who are putting out several recipes a week and writing for other websites.  It’s A LOT of work. Two weeks ago I had more issues with my computer, and then there were some problems with the cream cheese being calculated correctly within the database of the software I was using.  I came to the realization that I was stressing myself needlessly over this whole blog thing.  It should be fun right? I think most of the posts I have here were written with enthusiasm and not obligation.  I really don’t want to go in that direction.  My blog.  My ship.  I’m the captain.  Hopefully after the holidays I’ll have some fantastic new recipes to share.   For now though there’s this fantastic recipe for pumpkin cake! This is what it looks like as the recipe states using baking soda and a lower temp oven.   It’s nothing like the picture posted with that recipe. (It looks as though that picture has been taken down and replaced.  Yay for more accuracy on the internet! Bravo.) Multiple people tested this recipe and had the same results as I have so I feel confident that the picture on this other site is just not accurate.   With the minor changes I’ve made it comes out a little closer though.  (Go out and buy an extra dozen eggs right now! This recipe calls for EIGHT eggs and it’s WORTH IT! lol You do not want to cut the recipe in half trust me.  You will want all 18 cupcakes.  These go fast!)

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It really didn’t rise much at all!20141020_141657Using baking powder instead of baking soda while cranking up the heat I was able to get cupcakes that look like this. Soft and fluffy.  Not dense at all and they ROSE! 

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I had four the day I made these. (It might have been more, it was Halloween! Don’t judge me!) I dyed some truvia purple and sprinkled some on top. (Yes that’s a half eaten cupcake.  I’m so sorry.  Once you make them you’ll understand and forgive me I promise.) Happy Holidays! 

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
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Ingredients
  1. Makes 18 cupcakes
Pumpkin Cake
  1. 1/2 cup Coconut Flour
  2. 1 1/2 cup Almond Flour
  3. 2 teaspoons baking POWDER
  4. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  5. 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  6. 1 tsp salt
  7. 1/4 cup melted butter
  8. 1 15.5 ounce canned pureed pumpkin
  9. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  10. 1 1/2 cup sugar equivalent
  11. 8 eggs
Creme Cheese Frosting
  1. 12 oz cream cheese (softened)
  2. 1/2 cup (one stic) butter
  3. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  4. 1 cup powdered sweetener (I used Swerve and I love it!)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients and whisk together completely.
  3. Melt the butter and combine with pumpkin, sweetener, and vanilla extract.
  4. Crack the 8 eggs into a separate bowl and make sure there's no shells.
  5. Combine all wet and dry ingredients well with a hand mixer.
  6. Line your cupcake tin with cute wrappers and pour batter in about 2/3 full.
  7. Bake for 18 minutes and make your frosting!
Frosting
  1. Soften cream cheese and butter and then add the vanilla.
  2. Combine all ingredients with an electric mixer. (It's easier to fold in the powdered sweetener about 1/3 cup at a time. It has a tendency to fly everywhere if you don't fold it first.
Notes
  1. I am no longer including nutritional information for recipes! Sorry guys.
Adapted from Intoxicated On Life
Up Late Anyway http://www.uplateanyway.com/keto/

 

 

46 comments

  1. Olivia says:

    Have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy that 6 year old. They grow and change much to fast. You are smart to take this time for you and your family. I’m looking forward to trying the pumpkin cupcakes. I’ll miss your blogs and will look forward to hearing from you again after the holidays. So glad to have your Stromboli dough recipe for the coming holidays. I’ll be using it many ways.

    • Elizabeth Nimphius says:

      Thanks Olivia! He’s changed so much this year alone. First wiggly tooth just this morning and I can barely pick him up anymore! It really is a bittersweet and precious time right now. I’ll still be around! Will be back in January.

  2. dee says:

    Elizabeth I will miss your wonderful recipes. Thank you for all the time you have given to us. Have a wonderful blessed Christmas and a great thanksgiving. I will be making many of your recipes . Thank you again and again. Dee

  3. Sherry says:

    Yum, will certainly make these. Rest girl and come to us refreshed. We certainly understand. Please don’t stress over your blog, just be yourself. Some others who post lots, are getting paid for what they do. As you can see from just the comments left, you are appreciated. Do it your way, we like it, no problem not posting nutrition info, we’re all grown ups and can certainly find that info for ourselves. Always enjoy your posts, thks bunches.

    • Elizabeth Nimphius says:

      I’ve had probably 3 negative comments within about 1,200 total. I’m really not too worried about it. I know these recipes are good. Lol. I just want my holidays to be peaceful and I want to put all my energy into making it special. I still have a million ideas so don’t worry! 🙂 Up Late isn’t going anywhere.

  4. Susan says:

    Hi Elizabeth,
    I loved your Santa list. lol I just printed out two to give to my two adult children who are still living with me. I like to do silly things:) I’m going to try the cupcakes they sound delicious. Have a nice break!

  5. Susan says:

    Hi Elizabeth,
    I loved your Santa list. lol I just printed out two to give to my two adult children who are still living with me. I like to do silly things:) I’m going to try the cupcakes they sound delicious. Have a nice break!

    • Elizabeth Nimphius says:

      That’s really nice of you to say! Sincerely. It’s a long story, heh, but there isn’t much I take for granted. Life is good with my two guys. It’s truly sweet.

  6. Lisa says:

    Enjoy your vacation and the holidays! I just got back into blogging after a nearly 2 year break. It is a LOT of work to do a food blog and my family needed my time so I took a much needed break. Looking forward to your posts in 2015!

  7. jl says:

    have a great holiday. i have a 7yr old who is still into the whole santa thing.thanks for the letter.i printed 5 copies.her mind is constantly changing! keep blogging! love your recipes.the chocolate crumbles are yummy! i will be trying this recipe. have a great holiday! enjoy your time off. thanks for all you do.

    • Elizabeth Nimphius says:

      Ha! We printed out ten copies so I know exactly what you mean! Lol 😀 I just made those crumbles over the weekend. I made a double batch with extra sweetener for the butter and the chocolate and THEN took half to make a crust with 2-3 tbsp butter and used the other half in a no bake cheesecake. I had left over crucnchies so I topped it with it as well. OMG. It was so good. I have one serving left on Tuesday and I’m just saving it now. Haha! I used a coffee syrup in the no bake cheesecake flavored like white chocolate. I think I was craving oreos. 😐

  8. Paula in the UP says:

    Have a great holiday season, enjoy your family! I can only imagine how time draining testing recipes, then taking pics and blogging about it can be. I would imagine a lot of trial and error, but mostly good tasting food!!

    Will be looking forward to your return in the New Year!

    • Elizabeth Nimphius says:

      I think the biggest problem is that I’m an obnoxious perfectionist. 😛 Also I’m the only one eating low carb in my family right now so half the joy is gone right there. I tend to eat very plain boring low carb meals. I’m not very picky about it. Really, I’m just happy about the butter and mayo! 😀 It is a lot of trial and error and it took a year to find/develop the 60 or so recipes I have here even before I started blogging. They’re (I think, hope?) all solid recipes though. Thanks! Happy holidays to you!

  9. Paula in the UP says:

    Have a great holiday season, enjoy your family! I can only imagine how time draining testing recipes, then taking pics and blogging about it can be. I would imagine a lot of trial and error, but mostly good tasting food!!

    Will be looking forward to your return in the New Year!

  10. nicole thomas says:

    Elizabeth, I have to say that your perfectionism really pays off! As always, thank you… A lot of hard work for you has exhibited itself into a collection that you can be truly very proud of! I always look forward to what your creative mind has to offer…. for all you’ve given to our community, i pray that you will be quadruply blessed!!! (Ive had the best time coming up with variations to the excellent danish recipe, recently adding orange zest, another time making a caramel apple variation…you’ve inspired me to like baking again! ) sincerely, Nicole Thomas

  11. Lori says:

    Elizabeth, enjoy your holidays – we’ll all keep our fingers crossed that you don’t get out of the habit of writing!

    I think I’ll print a fewcopies of your Christmas List, one for my grown up son, and one for my husband. And maybe I’ll leave MY list laying around for someone to notice… 😉

    My husband is a huge fan of your breadsticks, I think we’re eating those about once a week. Breakfast Sausage Pinwheels are on the menu for next weekend. Hubby and I both thank you for your wonderful recipes. I’m grateful to have found your site!
    Happy holidays!

  12. Lori says:

    Elizabeth, enjoy your holidays – we’ll all keep our fingers crossed that you don’t get out of the habit of writing!

    I think I’ll print a fewcopies of your Christmas List, one for my grown up son, and one for my husband. And maybe I’ll leave MY list laying around for someone to notice… 😉

    My husband is a huge fan of your breadsticks, I think we’re eating those about once a week. Breakfast Sausage Pinwheels are on the menu for next weekend. Hubby and I both thank you for your wonderful recipes. I’m grateful to have found your site!
    Happy holidays!

  13. Ashleigh says:

    Hi Elizabeth,

    A little off-topic (hope that’s okay! 🙂 ) … I went to link back to the original post but it was closed. I did a review with pictures of your amazing cheesy bread (for fun!) and it was so delicious!

    I did not post the recipe, just a link back 🙂
    http://grainfreerecipereviews.weebly.com/blog/grain-free-cheesy-bread-review

    I am going to be subscribing to your blog on Feedly and I cannot wait to try more recipes!

    Thanks!

    Ps. the pumpkin cake looks amazing =)

    • Elizabeth Nimphius says:

      Hi Ashleigh. I shared your blog on my facebook page! 🙂 I love your review on the Wheat Belly Bread and recipes like that are the inspiration for my blog as well! It can be so frustrating to try these complicated recipes and have them fail. I hope you’ll enjoy all the recipes here. This is my collection of tried and true recipes so hopefully you’ll have lots of luck. And yes, the pumpkin cake is amazing! 😀

  14. Ashleigh says:

    Hi Elizabeth,

    A little off-topic (hope that’s okay! 🙂 ) … I went to link back to the original post but it was closed. I did a review with pictures of your amazing cheesy bread (for fun!) and it was so delicious!

    I did not post the recipe, just a link back 🙂
    http://grainfreerecipereviews.weebly.com/blog/grain-free-cheesy-bread-review

    I am going to be subscribing to your blog on Feedly and I cannot wait to try more recipes!

    Thanks!

    Ps. the pumpkin cake looks amazing =)

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