Bake Group: Tricky Treats

I always think that the previous Bake Group will be the best one…because you really can’t top perfection.  But, as usual, WRONG!!

Everything was super delicious this month.  I won’t keep you waiting…

This Pumpkin Cheesecake w/Pecan-Gingersnap Crust is from Our Best Bites Recipe Book.

But – Lucky for you – they have the recipe on their blog.  You can get it HERE.

When the baker was describing it – she said the topping is melted kraft caramels.  I was sold.  I love them.  Too much at times.

The whole cake was completely amazing.  I don’t love firm cheesecakes – so this was perfect.  Very soft and moist.  And DELICIOUS!!

Let me just say, first, that I couldn’t eat the chocolate spiderweb atop my cupcake.  It was too cute.

The nice thing about this cake, as the creator pointed out, is that it doesn’t taste like a muffin.  It still tastes like a cupcake.

And that frosting!!!  Oh my!!  HEAVEN!! Get the recipe for the cake HERE and the recipe for the frosting HERE.

So – to make the cute chocolate art deco on top – she printed out an image and put it under wax paper.

Then cut a tiny hole in her piping bag and used the image underneath as a guide to pipe the chocolate onto the wax paper.  GENIUS!!

Okay – this funny baker apologized over and over that the frosting wasn’t right.

But – oh my – it definitely wasn’t wrong.  I could have licked it off.  And I’m not a huge frosting person.

It was delicious and the cake was 3 perfect layers.  She does suggest that if you make this – to not cook the frosting so long.  She said it was probably at the right consistency after 1 minute instead of the 5 the recipe calls for.  You can find this one in the 2010 Southern Living Ultimate Christmas Cookbook  I can’t give you the recipe right out of the book – but this one looked similar.

This may replace plain old pumpkin pie this thanksgiving at my house.  It can be made as a whole pie…and it may or may not be served to guests.  I might hoard it.  SOOOO GOOD!!

So – she had me at cream cheese at butterscotch – but then there is a layer of pumpkin pie, topped with a gingersnap streusel.  Seriously.  I don’t think I need to say anything else, do I?

You can get the recipe HERE.

This recipe was found in the Better Homes and Gardens at my hairdressers!!  Ha Ha.

I was getting cute-ified and found this and knew it was what I wanted to make.

It sounds a little weird {it calls for mozzarella cheese} and I couldn’t decide if it was meant to be a dessert – but I finally decided it was.

There is whipped cream on top.  That makes it dessert, right?

But – some of the gals in bake group said they might make this in place of the sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving.

So – try it out and let me know what you think…you can get the recipe HERE

Last, but certainly not least…This apple cake was AMAZING!!!  Honestly – it would be good alone.

But I wouldn’t recommend it.  That frosting was the best thing I’ve ever had in my life.

It was light like whipped cream – but with WAY more flavor.  SOOOOO GOOD!!!

And – I’m sorry – but I just love the edible gold baking glitter and witches feet she added.

Delicous and Cute.  Win Win.

Sorry – can’t give out this recipe.  You can find it in the Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented Cookbook.  Or I found one at a different blog HERE.

Let us know which recipes you try out and which are your favorites!!

Happy Halloween!!

**Erin

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