Oct 20

Wolfing Down Pumpkin Spice Cakelettes with Chocolate Glaze (+ A Lulu Wraps Giveaway!)

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Pumpkin Spice Cakelette with Chocolate Glaze

One of my favorite fairy tales is Little Red Riding Hood.

Little Red Riding Hood Box

As a child I loved playing with a Little Red Riding Hood doll when I visited my grandma’s house.  Half of the doll was Little Red Riding Hood, her dress hiding the rest of the doll.  But when you turned her upside down she became Grandmother on one side and the wolf on the other.  My grandma recently sent me the doll and now my girls can share my love for the story as we use the doll to act it out.

Little Red Riding Hood Doll

So imagine my delight in getting to combine my favorite fairy tale with my love for furoshiki (Japanese wrapping cloths), with a wrap called “Red Wolf.”  Lulu Wraps, a small cottage business run by two sisters in Portland, Oregon, sell gorgeous specialty handmade furoshiki and just happen to have a design named Red Wolf.  Pure awesome.  Deb (one of the awesome sisters behind Lulu Wraps) told me that the name was actually inspired when NBC filmed part of a pilot for the new TV series Grimm (inspired by the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tales) right next door to her.  Here’s a Red Wolf wrap from her kitchen that overlooks the Grimm house and then again outside.  See the trailor in the background?  It’s featured prominently in the show—too fun!

Red Wolf and Grimm

So we decided that it would be really fun to celebrate the upcoming Grimm premiere (October 28th) with some fairy tale goodies and a giveaway!  In the story, Little Red Riding Hood filled a basket with goodies to take to her grandmother, so I decided to imagine what the goodies might have been.  The result are these little pumpkin spice cakelettes with a rich chocolate glaze (“cakelette” just sounded so much more fairy tale-ish than “mini cake” or “cupcake”).  I made my cakelettes in mini bundt cake pans, but you could use any shape you like, even a cupcake pan!

Making pumpkin spice cakelettes

These moist rich cakelettes feature pumpkin and spices that are perfect for this time of year, and perfect for any Little Red Riding Hood to take to her grandmother’s house.  But these cakelettes have an extra surprise—a touch of cayenne pepper that sneaks up on you and adds pleasant warmth (not spicy!).  The hidden “bite” of the cayenne pepper is my little shoutout to the wolf.

Take a bite of a Pumpkin Spice Cakelette

We put one of the cakelettes in a small bento box, then wrapped it in the Red Wolf so that the wrap became Little Red’s basket.

Putting a cakelette in a bento box

We have the lunch wrap size, intended specifically for toting food. It’s 26″ square, lined with water-resistant nylon, and comes with a matching cloth napkin.  Perfect for carrying a treat somewhere to share with someone special.

Furoshiki Basket WrapBasket Wrap using Red Wolf Lulu Wrap

Bug was all ready to make a trip to Grandma’s house.  Too bad she lives so far away!

Carrying a basket of goodies to grandma

So we had to settle with wishing she lived closer and eating a cakelette (or two) to ease the disappointment.  Whether or not you make these for a Grimm viewing party, or just as an addition to your autumn festivities, we’re sure you will enjoy them!  Oh, and if you want your own Red Wolf to wrap some treats in, Lulu Wraps is giving some away to two lucky LFM readers (giveaway details after the recipe)!

Little Red's Pumpkin Spice Cakelette

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Spicy Pumpkin Cakelettes with Chocolate Glaze

Makes 24 cakelettes

For the Cakelettes:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups granulated sugar, plus more for sprinkling in cups
4 large eggs
6 ounces (12 tablespoons or 1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups solid-pack pumpkin (one 15-ounce can)

For the Chocolate Glaze:
6 ounces semisweet chocolate (1 cup chocolate chip), chopped
4 tablespoons butter

1. Make the Cakelettes: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly butter 24 muffin or cakelette cups then lightly coat with granulated sugar.

2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, and salt in a large bowl; set aside.

3. Beat together the sugar, eggs, butter, and vanilla with an electric mixer until fluffy and well combined, about 2 minutes. Beat in the flour mixture until just combined. Stir in the pumpkin until well mixed.

4. Fill each greased tin with 1/4 cup of batter and lightly smooth out the batter with a spatula. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cakelette comes out clean, about 18 minutes. Let the cakelettes cool in the cups set on a wire rack.

5. Make the Chocolate Glaze: Put the chocolate and butter in a small heavy saucepan and heat on low, stirring constantly, until melted. Spread a spoonful of glaze over the top of each cooled cakelette. The cakelettes will keep at room temperature in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days.


Lulu Wraps Red WOlf

Lulu Wraps Red Wolf Giveaway

Lulu Wraps will be sending out two prizes!  One winner will win one of their Red Wolf Lunch Wraps, and a second winner will win a Forty-inch Red Wolf Wrap (shopping bag size) plus a bundle of little souvenirs from the show!  This giveaway is open to all LFM readers (as long as you reside on planet Earth) until Thursday, October 27th, 2011 at 10pm PST.  The winners will be chosen using Random.org.

To Enter:

1. Leave a comment below! (Required)

Bonus Entry:

2. Follow @fujimama on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway, then come back and leave a separate comment on this post telling us you tweeted.  To make it easy, you can just copy and paste this tweet if you’d like: Once upon a time there was a Red Wolf #Giveaway from @fujimama and Lulu Wraps: http://su.pr/1nCkAT


* Make sure you check out the other beautiful furoshiki that Lulu Wraps make.  With the holidays nipping at our heels, these wraps make wonderful reusable gift wrap!  In fact, both sisters behind Lulu Wraps have graduate degrees in other areas, but love to sew and started making furoshiki when the Christmas paper waste became too much for them to bear!

* Disclosure: Lulu Wraps provided me with a Red Wolf Lunch Wrap to try out.  I was under no obligation to write about them.  They’re awesome, which is why I’m sharing them with you!

{ 50 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathy Gori October 20, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I’d love one of those red wolf wraps, my Indian tiffin lunch box would fit right in there..plus I already have my demi-wolf Patsy the Siberian Husky..ps I’m also following you on Twitter


Kathy Gori October 20, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Just gave you a tweet out!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm

The wraps are beautiful and so are your little cakes. I loved Little Red Riding Hood when I was growing up, too!

And I’m already following you on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, RSS feed, I’m all over ya girl :)


Bren October 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm

these are perfect for this weather we’re having and I love anything pumpkin, she’s adorable and so are the lunch bags!! Nice give away!


Maris Callahan October 20, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Super cute! I love these.


Nicole October 20, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Omg that is absolutely adorable! and what a wonderful way to get into the mood for a movie, i looove themed stuff like that and would love to be all cutesie w the bags as you all!

ngallo58 at gmail dot com


Alicia October 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm

A lot to like about this post! The picture made me salivate, that doll is awesome, those wraps are so cute, and I’m looking forward to the premier of Grimm. Thanks so much for all of that :)


Katherine October 20, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Those wraps are beautiful!


Terra C October 20, 2011 at 6:13 pm

What a great idea! And I love the colors too. :)


raquel October 20, 2011 at 7:07 pm

who doesn’t love the lulu wraps, spicy pumpkin is surely a great hit .


Lee October 20, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Love the wraps — what a wonderful idea! Beautiful too!


kitchenbee October 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Bug looks so cute with the wrap bag!


Yu Ming October 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm

What a superb idea! Looks really cute too.


Genevieve October 20, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I’m not sure if the giveaway is open to Canadians, but I just had to comment to say that I had that same doll – I used to the think the wolf in the dress looked so funny! I totally forgot about it until now, so thanks for bringing back the memory!


Abigail (aka Mamatouille) October 20, 2011 at 8:05 pm

I’m a HUGE pumpkin/chocolate fan! I make a pumpkin chocolate cheesecake every Thanksgiving and just the other day made a pumpkin pie with dark chocolate chunks in it–they sank to the bottom, and it was so yummy to have a layer of crust, then dark chocolate, then pumpkin pie. Yummers.


Seik Ying October 20, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Ooh… I’d love to win this wrap!


Mb October 20, 2011 at 8:21 pm



Kary S October 20, 2011 at 8:29 pm

The wrap is beautiful and I can’t wait to try the Spice Pumpkin cakes this weekend!



Christy October 20, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I had that doll growing up and the wolf scared the daylights out of me. I still can’t look at it to this day. :)


Kelly G October 20, 2011 at 8:52 pm

So cute. Love the bags.


lej noguchi October 20, 2011 at 9:20 pm

wow didn’t know a company in the U.S made Furoshiki! love it!


TK October 20, 2011 at 10:42 pm

What a great idea! I think the wraps are so cute & practical too.


Min Sen October 20, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Cute!! What a great idea for carrying stuff


Heng October 21, 2011 at 12:23 am

It’ll make a great reusable gift wrap indeed!


Theresa Hooi October 21, 2011 at 1:44 am

Oh, super cute! Would love to win it.


Amy October 21, 2011 at 2:05 am

Oh my goodness! Thank you for introducing me to luluwrap’s site! I looked all over my Japanese market’s locations in my area and couldn’t find these lunch wrap! I’m going to browse around their site. These wraps certainly will make a wonderful holiday gift wraps (and more green cos they are re-usable), with homemade goodies wrapped insides in a bento box. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

amy [at] utry [dot] it


Amy October 21, 2011 at 2:06 am

Just tweeted about this giveaway! :) Here’s the link of my tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/uTry_it/status/127309475379036160

amy [at] utry [dot] it


Deanna October 21, 2011 at 5:46 am

I love these and the idea…pretty enough even for a wedding present (which I did once with some beautiful shear fabric over a patterned one).


Lynda M. October 21, 2011 at 6:50 am

Love the cakelettes and the wraps – so cute!


Jesse K. Hendrix October 21, 2011 at 6:56 am

these wraps are too sweet! Would love to win one!


Heather October 21, 2011 at 7:05 am

I call my daughter Bug too! She just saw these yummy cakelettes and declared that she wanted one in her lunchbox today! Thanks for sharing the recipe:)


Vaishali October 21, 2011 at 7:09 am

I would love to win these! So cute and ofcourse eco-friendly!


Vaishali October 21, 2011 at 7:10 am

I follow you on twitter


Lynda M. October 21, 2011 at 7:14 am

I tweeted the giveaway @mypinkmixerblog


dogwood October 21, 2011 at 7:58 am

I’m loving the Little Red Riding Hood theme! I have a very very old Golden Book of the story that is just one of my favorite treasures. The cakelettes sound delish… I love a little spice with my sweet.


Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet October 21, 2011 at 10:03 am

What a fun way to present your treats to a friend or loved one. I’m totally digging it! By the way -the Bambi Airstream made me swoon! (I love old trailers). The cakelettes look delish!! Can’t wait to give them a try.



Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet October 21, 2011 at 10:04 am
Roxana GreenGirl October 21, 2011 at 11:12 am

Wish I had a doll like yours. I think every girl loved Red Riding Hood.
These cakelettes are so cute. I should bake some more often.


[email protected] October 21, 2011 at 11:43 am

These little “cakelettes” sound so good… and those wraps are adorable!! I’ve never seen them and I think I am going to have to stock up – perfect way to dress up homemade goodie gifts!!!


Emiko October 21, 2011 at 11:48 am

I was looking for some new to bake using pumpkin – these cakelettes would be perfect! I love how the cakelette was wrapped in the furoshiki like a little purse – so many ingenious ways of wrapping things up, I love them!


Shewanna October 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm

This is adorable!!! This recipe sounds great and I am excited to try it out!!


Barbara | Creative Culinary October 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Aha…great followup to all the talk of RRH costumes! I tweeted, I stumbled, I would like to comment that I love this adorable wrap and I guess I mess everything up if you pick me, cause don’t. This belongs in the hands of a wee one and that I’m not. :)


Rachel October 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Love these wraps!


foodie @ Tasting Spot October 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm

love the idea… brilliant !! love your pictures as well… very vibrant and colorful


Anna October 21, 2011 at 4:46 pm



Krista {BudgetGourmetMom} October 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm

What deliciously cute cakes! The wrap is pretty adorable too!


serena October 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm

oh wow those are adorable! now i need to get myself some mini bundt pans!! love the wrap too!!!


Haruko October 21, 2011 at 6:17 pm

How terribly cute! I would love one of those wraps! I love your blogg.


Tickled Red October 22, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Your cakelettes look simply scrumptious. As for the Red Riding Hood doll that you have I am completely in love. Thank you for sharing the memories that you are continuing. Nice giveaway.


Amilia @justeverydayme October 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm

These mini cakes are adorable and they look delicious! The wrap bag is neat too :)


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