What happens when you combine owls and pumpkins? A massive explosion of love and goodness happens.
At least in my eyes…
More like these mini owl pumpkin cakes. But really, a massive explosion of love and goodness, too.
Owls and pumpkins are meant to be together. Especially at this time of year. And they happen to be two of my favorite things that exist on this planet.
When I found this owl mold “muffin” tin at Cost Plus last week, I was ecstatic. I had no idea what in the world I would do with it, but I knew it would be something good. Chocolates? Cakes? Muffins? Jello? The possibilities are endless.
It’s hard to beat hand-held bite-sized pumpkin bread loaves shaped into a little owl, though…
Perfect for a Halloween party, crafting party, owl-themed birthday party, or any reason at all!
Owl Pumpkin Cakes
Adapted from BHG Pumpkin Bread, Fall Baking 2012 Issue
Makes 24 mini loaves
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 1/2 cup canola oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 3/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/3 cup almond milk
- 7-8 oz. (about half a 15 oz. can) pumpkin puree
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray cooking spray on the owl pan; set aside. In an extra-large bowl combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, and oil. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until well combined. Add eggs; beat well. Set aside.
- In a large bowl combine flour, soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, and salt. Alternately add flour mixture and the water to the sugar mixture, beating on low speed just until combined. Beat in pumpkin.
- Drop batter evenly into pans, about 2/3 full (will puff up a lot!). Bake 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. You will only be able to make 12 the first time, and then make the remaining after the first batch is done (that is, of course, if you only buy one pan).
- Flip pan over onto wire racks and let cool. Store in an air-tight container!