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)
Homemade pumpkin ice cream plus homemade gingerbread cookies equals delicious Halloween party snacks. The pairing works wonderfully thanks to pumpkin's natural affinity for spices, such as ginger. The cookies can be made well in advance, leaving you plenty of time to prepare for the arrival of guests -- or goblins.