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There is so much to be said on this subject, and speaking from experience, simply being able to hear other people's stories can have a huge impact on healing. So, yes, just the fact that women are speaking out, will in itself help other victims. So for this post, I am simply sharing my own stories. And of course the specific point of #metoo is to shed light on the magnitude of the problem. I don't know what the solution is, but I do hope that this helps in some small way, if only to help some of my readers to feel as if they're not alone, and that healing is possible.

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With the phrase "grab them by the pussy" reverberating since the presidential election (unfortunately) and new and disgusting details of the Weinstein scandal surfacing by the day, it is hard to keep anxieties at bay. It's difficult to watch the news or scroll through Twitter when just the words "rape" and "molest" …

Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Layer Cake with Maple Frosting


If you need a unique and insanely delicious cake for a holiday gathering this season, try my maple-glazed pumpkin layer cake. While I usually suggest using box cake mix if you're in a hurry or if you're a beginner with baking, I'm going to have to put my foot down this time and insist you use my homemade pumpkin cake recipe. Seriously, I will never buy pumpkin cake/bread box mix ever again.

I also used premade frosting, because I needed it to be dairy-free for my daughters, and prepackaged cream cheese-flavored frosting was the closest I could get to a butter cream frosting. You can make it homemade with dairy-free options, but I tend to avoid the extra trip (and money) to the health food store.

This cake calls for some experience with frosting a layer cake. If you're a beginner, hang in there, because I plan to post a step-by-step tutorial for icing a layer cake. You'll find some cake-icing tips in this post as well.

Ingredients:

{wet ingredients}
*2 C white sugar
*1 & 1/4 C olive oil
*1 tspn vanilla extract
*2 C canned pumpkin
*4 large eggs

{dry ingredients}
*2 C white flour
*3 tspn baking powder
*2 tspn baking soda
*1/4 tspn salt
*2 tspn cinnamon
*3 tspn pumpkin pie spice

For Icing:

*two 16oz containers of creamy homestyle cream cheese frosting (Use three if you're a beginner at icing cakes. Just add an extra 1/2 tbsn of maple flavoring.)
*1 tbsn liquid maple flavoring (in the baking aisle near the vanilla extract)
*cinnamon sugar and 1/2 C chopped maple nut goodies for garnish

For Glaze:

*pure maple syrup (approx. 6 tbsn)

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F and butter and flour three 8 inch cake rounds.

2. Combine wet ingredients in large bowl and mix until thoroughly combined.

3. Sift together dry ingredients in a separate medium-sized bowl, then slowly add the dry mixture to the wet and mix until thoroughly combined. Fill each round about halfway.

4. Bake for 30-35 minutes and let cool completely. While it's cooling, combine the maple flavoring and frosting in a medium bowl and set aside (leave at room temp.)


5. Line your work surface or cake stand with wax paper torn into narrow strips that will easily come out, leaving the cake on the stand.

6. As you take the cake layers out of the pans, slice some of the tops off to even them up and to allow for the syrup to soak down into the cake more easily.

7. One layer at a time, start by pouring about 2 tbsn maple syrup into the middle of each layer then use a pastry brush to evenly distribute the syrup and to work it into the cake as much as you can.


8. Place a big scoop (see 1st photo above this step) in the center and use a rubber spatula to spread it evenly. Repeat with each layer, including the top.


9. When you get to the top layer, add almost the rest of your frosting, leaving just  bit for touching up if necessary). Scoop it onto the top in the center and use your spatula to work it all around the top and down all of the sides. Then once it is entirely covered, use a butter knife or offset spatula first to make back-and-forth swirls on top and then to create a smooth egde all the way around on the sides.


10. Sprinkle it on the sides with cinnamon sugar then garnish the top with the chopped maple nut goodies. *Let it set overnight before serving, so the syrup and flavors can make sweet, sweet lovin'!





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