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Thanksgiving Pumpkin Spice Cake

My last cake of the weekend.  It has been so hectic, I am so glad it is a 3 day weekend, well actually 4 day for me since I took Friday as a vacation day but that hardly counts as a vacation day!  For today, it was nice just to focus on one cake.

This was a 3 layer 8" pumpkin spice cake with maple cream cheese icing.  The perfect cake for fall. For me, cream cheese icing is very hard to get a perfectly smooth covering where no dark spots are showing of the cake unless the icing is super thick.  Even then it has a tendency to start to droop as it it is not as thick as the butter cream.  Instead I try to work with it so I just took an offset spatula and spun the cake around slowly with the spatula pressed to the icing moving up in a spiral pattern.  Very quick and easy to do for a rustic look.  I scattered some fondant leaves on the top in various fall colours and some pumpkins around the bottom.

I took this to my great aunt's for Thanksgiving dinner.  It was so much fun.

From all my baking this weekend I did have extra batter.  I was able to get over 2 dozen cupcakes that I will be taking to my uncle's for dinner tomorrow night.

My oven and I are pooped!  Looking forward to no baking for a while.  We'll see how long that lasts.


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