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Gift Guide for the Dog Lover

I'm so excited to bring you guys today's holiday gift guide. This one is for all of the #dogmoms out there (and #dogdads). My husband and I have a German Shepherd named Emma (who is currently in a time out for pooping inside...again), but just like our other kids, we still love her. We'd also really love it if she'd quit going potty inside, but that is beside the point. The point is there is no shame in spoiling your sweet fur baby, especially during the holidays!! And while some of these gifts are items for your dog, some are great gift ideas for the dog lover in your life too.


The Dogist 2018 Wall Calendar by Elias Weiss Friedman author of The Dogist, for example, is the perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves dogs.



These super cute Christmas Plaid Dog Collars by Mr. Bow Tie Boutique would be the perfect holiday gift for doggies and dog owners alike! Whether you have family holiday photos coming up, or you simply want your furry friend to look festive for those…

Maple-Glazed Pumpkin Layer Cake


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 tsp vanilla extract
*2 C canned pumpkin
*4 large eggs

{dry ingredients}
*2 C white flour
*3 tsp baking powder
*2 tsp baking soda
*1/4 tsp salt
*2 tsp cinnamon
*3 tsp 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 tbs of maple flavoring.)
*1 tbs 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 tbs)

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 edge 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 fully mix together for an amazing flavor! Enjoy!!




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