Friday, September 30, 2011

Sweet Surprise

 *     *    *     Decadent Day     *     *    *

It's time for another Decadent Day!  Since we are well into fall - I mean pumpkin - season, today's decadent recipe features pumpkin.  Not quite a cake, not quite bars, I named these "cakelets."

In my book, anything with cream cheese icing fits into the decadent category.  So atop these cakelets goes my light version of the richest of frostings.  No guilt allowed when eating this taste treat!

Pumpkin Cakelets

1 cup unbleached flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 egg white
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup shredded coconut

Icing ingredients:
1/3 cup Neufchatel (light cream) cheese
2 teaspoons butter
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Coat 9 by 9-inch or 11 by 7-inch baking pan with nonstick spray.  In small bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In large bowl, whisk egg and egg white together, then stir in pumpkin, applesauce, oil, and vanilla.

Add dry mixture to liquid mixture, along with coconut, and stir just until moistened.  Pour into prepared pan.  Bake 25 minutes; cool in pan on wire rack.

In clean mixing bowl, beat Neufchatel and butter until smooth.  Add powdered sugar and vanilla and beat again until smooth.  Spread evenly over cooled cake and cut into "cakelets."  Makes 16 servings, 3 points plus and 141 calories each.

The Artsy Girl Connection

Today, please be sure and visit Meli at Meli Faif Life for her fun fall idea.

Fall Crawl Schedule
Sept 19th - Marilyn -
Sept 20th - Kellie -
Sept 21st - Letty -
Sept 22nd - Lorie -
Sept 23rd - Abby -  

Abby's will also include our 1st blog hop Linky Party
Sept 24th Tracy -
Sept 25th - Kimba -
Sept 26th - Jacqueline -
Sept 27th - Jillian -

Sept 28th - Kim&Lars
Sept 29th - DEIA

Sept 30th - Meli -
October 1st - Renee -
Renee's will be our Second blog hop /Linky Party
October 2nd - Giveaway & thanks to all that joined us in on the crawl!

1 comment:

  1. I've never tried pumpkin cake it looks similar to a carrot cake.

    Bella Vida by Letty
    Have a great day.