Pumpkin Layer Cake

You know what’s really cool? Putting vegetables in desserts. Treat yourself and your family this weekend and whip up this super easy pumpkin cake.

Recipe for Pumpkin Layer Cake
2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, melted
4 large eggs
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups pumpkin puree

Recipe for Cream Cheese Frosting
1/2 cup butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese
1 lb powdered sugar
2 tbsp vanilla extract.

Whisk together sugar and butter with bread. Add eggs one at a time and whisk until smooth. In separate bowl, mix glower, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and baking powder. In three additions, add to wet mixture, mixing well between each addition. Finish by folding in pumpkin puree.

Pour batter into two 9in round cake pans and bake at 350F for about 40 minutes.

Let cool, remove, and ice with cream cheese frosting.

Directions for Cream Cheese Frosting
Beat butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Slowly add sugar and vanilla extract and beat until desired consistency and sweetness.

Simple Cinnamon Apple Sauce

This healthy little recipe for one is perfect for a midday snack. All you need is two apples and some cinnamon and you’ve got the best applesauce of your life. Added bonus? No extra preservatives, sugars, corn syrups, yellow #5 (you get the picture) AND cinnamon is a natural metabolism booster. Keep your life and snacks simple and your body will thank you.

Recipe for Simple Cinnamon Applesauce
2 apples (any variety, I used fuji)
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Cut up your apples into smallish pieces. The smaller the pieces, the faster they will soften.

Add them to a small saucepan with water and cook on medium heat. When apples begin to soften, add cinnamon and cook until apples are smashable with the back of a rubber spatula.

Mash up until desired thickness. I kept mine a little chunky. If this isn’t sweet enough for you or your little one, add a teaspoon or so of brown sugar!

Did you know that applesauce was this easy to make?