Friday, October 28, 2011

Cajun Pumpkin Delights + A Cajun Two-Step

Here are a few of my favorite pumpkin recipes that are just perfect for your Halloween party or anytime you want a sinfully delicious treat. The pumpkin-chocolate combo is my fave and is out of this world and the Kahlua or bourbon adds a bit of decadence. And both are so easy too, for those busy days. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes  w/  Kahlua Fudge Frosting

1 box yellow cake mix
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 cup chopped pecans

Place paper baking cups in 24 muffin cups. In large bowl, beat cake mix, pumpkin, water, oil, eggs, and spices. Beat on low with electric mixer for 30 seconds to blend ingredients. Then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in pecans.

Fill prepared muffin cups 2/3 full and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool and frost with Kahlua Fudge Frosting. (recipe below), and garnish with seasonal candies or sprinkles.

Kahlua Fudge Frosting

 2 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tbs. Kahlua

Combine first three ingredients in heavy saucepan and stir in milk. Add butter and bring to a boil. Cook and stir over medium heat for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla and Kahlua and beat on low with an electric mixer, until desired consistency. Frost cooled cupcakes. 

And here is another one of my family's faves that is just heavenly and will have you going back for seconds. The Chocolate Bourbon Sauce compliments the pumpkin perfectly and is totally worth the calories, cher! Fab!

 Pumpkin Bread Pudding w/ Chocolate Bourbon Sauce

1 -1/2 cups evaporated milk
1/2 cup each, sugar and brown sugar
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 - 15 oz. can pumpkin
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 loaf "day old" French bread, torn into pieces

Whisk together the first seven ingredients, in large bowl. Add bread and mix well to coat. Spoon into a buttered 9x13 baking dish and cover with foil. Place into a larger baking pan, filled with 1 inch of water. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven, for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 10 more minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Serves 8.

Chocolate Bourbon Sauce

8 (1 oz.) squares semisweet chocolate
1 tbs. butter
6 tbs.'s whipping cream
1 shot of bourbon

Combine all ingredients in saucepan and stir and cook over low heat, until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and drizzle over warm bread pudding and top with whipped cream. Divine!

I am sharing these at~

Here's another little clip that I took of the crowd, dancing to a Cajun two-step at Festival Acadiens. Walter Mouton and the Scott Playboys were rockin' the crowd. Crank it up and let the good times roll, cher!

A Cajun Two-Step

Wishing ya'll a fab and fun weekend! Merci beaucoup for stopping by!

Happy Halloween!


Cloudia said...

Want me those cup cakes!!!!!!!

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rosaria said...

The bread pudding rocks!

kitchen flavours said...

Your Pumpkin Cupcakes looks wonderful and I could lick the Kahlua frosting out of a spoon! And your Bread Pudding with Choc Bourbon Sauce looks good! Delightful pumpkin treats! Have a great weekend, Marguerite!

Linda Starr said...

If it's pumpkin I love it.

Foodness Gracious said...

Oh man that cake sounds amazing and Bourbon sauce, aggghhh :)
Take care.

Dzoli said...

There is lot of pumpkin recipes I have seen lately that I will have to pen down as we are in the spring and my last pumpkin gone from the garden.This will definitely be one of them:)

Eddie Bluelights said...

Third try - having a job to comment!

Lovely grub - any left? LOL

judi said...

bread pudding, oh yumm and oh boy yet another reason to get the bourbon out.. it's a winter thing for me.

Joanne said...

Oh those happy-looking cupcakes ... Another of life's simple pleasures :)

Kat said...

This time of year I am always wishing I had someone to bake for. Those of us left here at the Compound don't eat many sweets. Those Kahlua Fudge cupcakes look delicious!!

Cajunlicious said...

Have fun at the party! Let me know how you like the Cajun weenies! Happy Halloween!

sussah said...

It's amazing to see all the things you do with a box of yellow cake mix! this one looks particularly nice. I'm on a diet after my vacation but by end of November or into December, pumpkin cupcakes look great. thanks, sp

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

Hey MARGUERITE's just been too long! dave here (formerly Year on the Grill)... just wanted to stop by and say hey with some of my favorite bloggers I have lost touch with. Hope all is well. It's been a couple of years and I am starting to feel the need fro New Orleans again soon...

MM said...

Oh lawd, girl! Loving the boozy toppings for the cupcakes and bread pudding. Thanks for linking w/ See Ya In the Gumbo.

Sigh. One day I'll get my fest pics & videos up. Oct. is a busy month around my house.

Marguerite said...

Cloudia- Glad you like them, cher! They're very easy to make! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Halloween!

rosaria- Thanks, it's fab and I hope you give it a try! The chocolate bourbon sauce is sinfully good on anything! :)

kf- Thanks so much for your lovely comment! The Kahlua frosting is killer and I hope that you try it! Thanks for coming by!

Linda- I love pumpkin, too, and these desserts are quick and easy. Hope you try them! Happy Halloween!

FG- Thanks for the nice compliment and for stopping by! They are both divine and very addicting! :)

Velva said...

I am absolutely smacking my lips at the pumpkin bread pudding...Delicious.


nanny said...

I need a!!!! lol

Pat Tillett said...

Oh Yeah! I want at least a couple of those! There are three "normal" cupcakes sitting on my counter right now. I'm not touching them!

Honey at 2805 said...

Can I have some of both? Thanks for linking your fab deserts to Potpourri Friday!

Pooch Purple Reign said...

totally making those cupcakes this weekend
~laura xx