On the one hand, I probably shouldn't be jealous of the friend who reported on Facebook that she had 800 (!) trick-or-treaters on Halloween. I believe we've had precisely one trick-or-treater in the nine years we've lived at this house, but our subdivision seems to have a lot of middle-aged folks like us and not a whole lot of families with young children. The downside to not having any trick-or-treaters, however, is that we don't have any leftover Halloween candy to enjoy, so when I wanted something sweet this weekend, I realized I had a good excuse to a) break in a new Nordic Ware pan I got on clearance two years ago and b) use up some caramel icing left over from a cake I made last week.
I used the Pumpkin Chai Tea Bread recipe I've already made several times this fall, and I used some leftover caramel icing to sandwich together the cakelets made in this pan, which I found on clearance for just $5.29 at Kroger, one of my best baking pan bargains of all time!
Pumpkins, pinecones, walnuts, and acorns make for some cute, just-enough-to-know-you've-had-a-sweet cakelets, and I liked the combination of pumpkin bread and caramel, so I think this combo is going to be a keeper. What are you all baking this fall?