This spiced pumpkin cake is enhanced by layers of a delectably rich frosting that features cream cheese and goat cheese. Quince, available in the fall, has a fragrant, apple-like flavor. If you can’t find fresh ones, use pears or apples instead.
This delicious recipe for pumpkin whoopie pies is from Matt Lewis of Baked bakery. Photo credit: "Baked: New Frontiers in Baking" (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, coauthored with Renato Poliafito, October 2008)
Versatile, tangy, and quick to prepare, cream cheese frosting has a soft consistency that's ideal for swirling or swooping. It's the classic choice for topping many cupcakes, including carrot, red velvet, zucchini-spice, and applesauce-spice.
This classic spinach and artichoke dip from Kors d'Oeuvres founder Korey Provencher can be made in advance and stored for up to two weeks for an easy holiday appetizer.
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More than just a birthday treat, cupcakes are an ideal ending to any outdoor dinner. These miniature cakes with cream-cheese-and-coconut frosting require no plates or utensils and end the evening with a touch of whimsy.