Ahhh, Fall. My favorite time of the year and the season that I truly didn't get to experience living in until my mid twenties. You know. Real Fall. Where the leaves change, you can start to cozy up by the fire, the season's of comfort food has begun and the anticipation of the Holiday's (Of course the good things we anticipate about the Holiday's. Not the rushing around, bah hum bug moments) But, Fall. Love it.
You see, I grew up in Arizona. Phoenix, Arizona to be exact and to be honest I hated the monotonous seasons. Summer seemed to be never ending which led into Spring for the winter months while what felt like the rest of the country was enjoying the changing of the season's.
I still remember it. I have not seen this movie since I was a kid, but I will never forget Hocus Pocus. Come on. I know you loved it too. Who could forget Better Midler as one of the three witches?! Riding around on her broom wrecking havoc. Fabulosity...
The one thing that always stood out for me was the season in which it took place. Fall. The children running the streets in their costume's on Halloween without fear that they were going to ruin them by sweating. Oh, to be able to wear a costume based on the fact that you wouldn't be hot. What was that like? What was it like to be able to walk along the streets trick or treating with leaves on the ground or to be able to say, "Just enjoyed a nice walk today in the fall landscape." Fall landscape? What is that?
Now I know and I am NEVER turning back. Love you Mom and Dad, but sorry, I have been thinking about Fall since I was a kid and experienced the cinematic masterpiece that was Hocus Pocus. And besides, Arizona never felt like a true fit anyhow.
Although I didn't get the chance to grow up and live in the wondrous season of Fall, my mom always tried to make it feel so. Halloween was always celebrated grandiosely at my house. Costumes? Check. Fall crafts? Check. Indian and Pilgrim costumes for school? Check. Fall recipes? Sometimes those were left on the back burner. Okay, okay. With the minor exception of cookies from Safeway or candy... Mmmm... Halloween candy (yes, I need more as I ate almost all of what we bought. Beside the full size bars... yes full size bars and YES WE ARE THAT HOUSE! Absolutely love it).
I would like to think that this cake would never have made it on our table during Halloween, but seriously it was super easy and absolutely delicous too. I hope you enjoy!
Pumpkin Spice Pound Skull Cake
Makes 16 Servings
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup (2 sticks) butter , softened
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs , at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
Heat oven to 325º F. Spray Dimensions® Skeleton Pan lightly with vegetable pan spray with flour. Place Skeleton Pan onto baking sheet.
In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition; beat in vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with pumpkin; mix well. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake 65-75 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes in pan. Turn onto cooling rack. Cool completely before serving.
Once cool, you may decorate how you wish with buttercream frosting. Get creative! Let your inner kid out.