If you’re one of those negative nelly’s trying to talk about how pumkin spice is “basic” and “not even that good”, this post is NOT for you. I’m here to talk about a source of constant joy that life brings me each year, and no it’s not my children (though they are quite cute), it’s the glorious season of pumpkin spice everything. Ladies, right now my house smells like Pumpkin Waffles, my hand soap is Pumpkin Apple, I got like 4 metallic pumpkins adorning my bar (along with a dish of those delicious mallocreme pumpkins), and if you think I skipped out on this Target special tank top that truly expresses what lies deep within my soul you are sadly mistaken. (Get this shirt for less than $15 here)
If you’re also in the pumpkin spice everything mood, I’ve put together a round-up of some of the BEST pumpkin recipes of the season, and created a pumpkin spice semi-homemade recipe you can simply put together (minus the whole pinterest fail risk) on your own!
1 box spice cake mix
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup almond milk (sub this when the recipe calls for water)
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 can cream cheese icing
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
- Prepare the spice cake mix according to the box, substituting almond milk (or regular milk) where the cake mix calls for water- this makes the cake much more moist and fluffy.
- Add in pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin, and cinnamon.
- Bake Cakes according to box, this made me two 9 inch rounds. I only wanted the cake to be one layer, so I used a pumpkin cookie cutter to cut out a pumpkin for the top, then crumbled the rest to add to the sides of the iced cake.
- Mix frosting with vanilla extract, cinnamon and salt. This helps cut down on the overly sweetness that store-bought frostings tend to have.
- Let cake completely cool for about 20 minutes then ice cake. After a base layer of frosting, freeze the cake for 20 minutes to make the icing hard. You’ll then pick up the frozen cake and roll it in the cake crumbles. I then used a plastic bag and disposable frosting tip to add some decoration dollops of frosting to finish off the cake!
(For step by step pics of rolling the cake, reference this link)
Here are some other super awesome Pumpkin Spice recipes I’ve rounded up from some of my favorite bloggers.
Pumpkin Pie Chocolate Cups from Food, Pleasure & Health.
For those with Gluten intolerances and plant based lifestyles these amazing Vegan Gluten-Free Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes by the healthyhelperblog are the perfect way to indulge this season.
Did someone say Pumpkin Spice cookies with cream cheese frosting?! Count me in for these incredible Pumpkin Spice Whoppie Pies with Cream Cheese Filling from Umami Girl.
I’ll definitely be trying out this delicious looking No- Bake Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake from Jane’s Patisserie on my next cheat day (which may be sooner rather than later if ya know what I mean)
If you’ve ever wished your PSL had a little more kick to it, these Pumpkin Russians will be a favorite drink for you this fall. This recipe from Lively Table may or may not be replacing coffee on my weekends.
Pumpkin & Chocolate = yes please. Making this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Chocolate-Chip cookies from Chelsea’s Messy Apron like as soon as I can.
Wrapping up the recipes, these Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing from Like Mother Like Daughter, are a must in my fall baking. I’m planning on making these on special occasions only because I’m pretty sure I’ll eat an entire pan on my own. These will be awesome on Halloween & Thanksgiving morning though!
Last but not least (and this isn’t a pumpkin recipe. My friend and fellow Tampa Blogger Sarah from So Sarah Hunt had the greatest ideas for putting together a fall bucket list. She’s linked a ton of great activities for the fall in here and while I won’t do it all, I love the idea of having our own fall family bucket list, so I’ll definitely be doing one soon!
Image from Sarah Tucker
Tell me what your favorite pumpkin thing is below in the comments!