The Baking Owl

a blog written by an aspiring 17 year old baker.


pumpkin pecan cake.

Thanksgiving in the Abbas household consists of many traditions; family ping pong tournaments, way-too-intense games of scrabble, jazz music (which I’m still not exactly sure how it became tradition), watching football & cricket, and of course food. So Much Food.

The obvious main part of Thanksgiving is forgetting you’re on a diet and proceeding to eat the whole dining table, but in my family, it’s a little bit different. Every year we attempt (mostly successfully) to create a weird Pakistani-Indian-Also Partly Vegan-American fusion of our Thanksgiving dinner which somehow results in more food then we can devour at once. The hardest part hands down is stopping ourselves from eating too much so we have room for dessert.

Which leads to my (shocker) favorite part, dessert.

Desserts sometimes vary from year to year, but most of the time we stick to at least two different types of pies, three different types of ice cream, and a cake that I take responsibility every year.

This year I opted for my favorite pumpkin cake with roasted pecans and cinnamon cream cheese frosting. It’s a bit of a handful to say, but it sure was good.

This was three layers of crunchy pecans, creamy icing, and soft, spiced cake. Everyone knows that eating anything pumpkin flavored is basically a crime before the holiday season so this was basically what I dreamt about for the ten months before Fall started.

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Thanksgiving Desserts

This Thanksgiving I was with my family and cousins in Tampa, Florida. And as usual, I was in charge of the desserts.

My cousins had never tasted any of my desserts before so I wanted them to try some of my specialties – that included moist and delicious red velvet cupcakes, pumpkin spice cupcakes, flourless chocolate cake and cinnamon rolls.

It was a lot of fun making these desserts even though I wasn’t in my own kitchen and I didn’t have my faithful Kitchen Aid mixer with me. But they all turned out great as all these recipes can be made by hand with just a little more effort.

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Cookie Monster Cake

Last Thursday, on the Thanksgiving day, it was my brother’s 6th birthday. I decided to surprise him with  every kids’ favorite character: The Cookie monster! Making this cake was really fun and super easy. I did not use any fondant; only icing, a marshmallow, and a yummy chocolate chip cookie of course! All I did to make this cake was pipe on royal blue icing with a #21 star tip on the sides and top of the cake. I also left some space on the top of the cake for the mouth. For the mouth, I used black chocolate icing and just spread the icing where I wanted the mouth to be. For the eyes, I took one normal sized marshmallow and cut it in half. I placed each half of marshmallow on the cake and used two brown M&Ms as the pupils. Then I used a mini chocolate chip cookie and stuck it into the mouth with a trail of cookie crumbs.

My brother really enjoyed eating this cake and so did our thanksgiving guests!

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