Pumpkin Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

Servings: 16 bars  –  Total time: 2 hours

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 can pumpkin puree

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 9-in x 13-in pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the oil, sugar, and eggs until smooth. Stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice until smooth. Stir in the pumpkin puree until smooth.
  3. Pour the cake batter into the greased pan. Bake for about 45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  4. While the cake bakes, make the frosting. Beat the butter and cream cheese until combined. Add the brown sugar and mix completely. Mix in powdered sugar.
  5. Wait for the cake to cool completely before frosting. Store frosted cake in the refrigerator.

Adapted from Kitchen Trial and Error’s Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting recipe.

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Jack o’ Lantern Sweatshirt

This jack o’ lantern sweatshirt is a really easy diy Halloween costume if you’re in a pinch for time this fall. (Or you can wear it to go pumpkin picking like me).

Materials

  • orange sweatshirt
  • black cotton fabric
  • black puffy paint
  • Heat’n Bond ultrahold iron-on adhesive paper
  • a jack o’ lantern pattern
  • iron
  • scissors
  • pen or pencil

Directions

  1. Pre-wash and dry your sweatshirt.
  2. Print out your jack o’ lantern pattern. I used this free one from Disney, but there are plenty of free patterns available. You can also make your own in Photoshop or draw it right onto the adhesive paper if you feel extra artsy!
  3. Cut out jack o’ lantern pattern and trace onto adhesive paper. Make sure to place the pattern pieces on the adhesive paper upside down – this will ensure that your jack o’ lantern face appears right side up when it is ironed onto the sweatshirt.
  4. Cut out adhesive paper pieces and place on the wrong side of the black fabric with the adhesive side down. Press and hold a pre-heated iron onto the paper for 2 seconds. Continue pressing the iron down and move it to a new area, slightly overlapping the previous area until entire surface is bonded. Allow material to cool.
  5. Cut out the fabric pieces and peel off the adhesive paper. Position the pieces adhesive side down on the sweatshirt. Press and hold iron for 8-10 seconds on each section until entire piece is bonded. Allow to cool. Tip: place a piece of cardboard or heavy card stock inside the sweatshirt before you use the iron. This will prevent the adhesive from seeping into the back of the sweatshirt, accidentally bonding the front and back of your sweatshirt together.
  6. Use puffy paint to line the edges of the fabric pieces. Allow puffy paint to dry, then put on your jack o’ lantern sweatshirt!