Every year I find myself slaving away struggling to make the Holidays spectacular. Everything is homemade from scratch, hand decorated, and hand painted…smack my hand to my forehead! Why do I do this to myself? I always end up taking on too much and stressing over the Holidays instead of enjoying them.
Not this year! I am fully embracing the idea of semi homemade this holiday season. What is semi homemade? It’s where you take a little help from the store, mix it with the love of easy homemade touches, and your friends and family are none the wiser! It’s like using store bought pie crust but filling it with an amazing homemade filling, or jazzing up boxed cake mix for an easy yet spectacular dessert.
I’ve been playing with this semi homemade idea in the kitchen and my recent favorite is a traditional southern Pumpkin Poke Cake. I take a simple yellow cake mix and add homemade touches that give it a “homemade from scratch” flavor. Holes are poked in the cake right after baking and caramel is poured over the hot cake melting into the holes. Top it with whipped cream and this is a surefire winner; everyone in my life loves it!
As Thanksgiving and Christmas parties quickly approach I found myself needing to make this poke cake pretty enough to serve to guests. Poke cakes usually look pretty “rustic” as they are served right from the baking dish and begin looking very unappetizing as more scoops are served. How do I keep this looking “fancy”? A Bundt pan! I have never seen an ugly Bundt Cake, and when a perfectly sliced cake is then topped with warm caramel and a dollop of whipped cream it can be simply breathtaking. The beautiful Butterscotch Caramel Pumpkin Poke Cake is born!
Even though I’m an avid baker, I am hate making Caramel Sauce so I took a helping hand from Litehouse and their amazing Butterscotch Caramel Dip. The only thing that goes better with pumpkin than caramel is Butterscotch Caramel! The buttery flavor enhances the spices in the cake and just takes the whole dessert over the top.
Whether you’re a beginner baker or just want to take it a little easier this holiday season, my Butterscotch Caramel Pumpkin Poke Cake needs to make its way into your life. Accept a little extra help from the store and Litehouse this year so you can give a little extra time and attention to your loved ones.