What a Crock! Halloween cake

Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD  --  Caramel Pumpkin Cake is an easy dessert perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by CATHERINE THRELKELD -- Caramel Pumpkin Cake is an easy dessert perfect for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Halloween isn’t all about candy. There are lots of sweets that are worthy of being wonderful desserts. Today, lots of families band together to have a Halloween or fall festival party, complete with fun snacks, apple cider and special treats.

Even a small gathering can be a great opportunity to enjoy the night. For those of us who have raised our families or for those in single households, trick-or-treating may not be the event it once was. That doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a special pumpkin dessert while we answer the door to little ones seeking treats.

This recipe couldn’t be easier and it’s a good way to add a little something extra to an evening of treats. It cooks fairly quickly by slow-cooking standards. Two hours on High is enough. The texture is a moist pudding-type cake. Add a dollop of whipped topping if desired. I did.

Julie Kay is a columnist for The Advocate. She can be reached at juliekay1@cox.net.