Tuesday, October 23, 2007

from the party

We had a total of 18 guests on Saturday night, and everyone brought something. That really helped. I was toying with the idea of having them each just bring beer or wine, but in the end it was such a time saver to ask them to bring a food dish. Some people brought appetizers, some brought sides, and one lovely lady brought 2 scrumptious desserts. One was pumpkin cookies that had a little pumpkin spread that you could spoon directly on to the top of each cookie. The other was pumpkin brownies. I knew she was planning to bring a dessert, but I didn't know she'd bring two (though I probably should have guessed this - she's quite a baker.) So I baked something of my own to have on hand, just in case. And of course there are lots of dessert leftovers...just what I don't need but what can you do!

Remember Gooey Butter Cake? Well, this variation is Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake (you know, I really do make other desserts, but I admit that this is a favorite because it's such a crowd pleaser.)

I had never tried the pumpkin variation before Saturday. It's a very good - but very rich - alternative to pumpkin pie. If you think you might like it, I highly recommend it for your dessert crowd as well.

Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake:
1 box yellow cake mix
1 egg
1/2 C (1 stick) butter, melted

1 8-oz package cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1 t vanilla extract
1 16-oz box confectioners' sugar
1/2 C (1 stick) butter, melted
1 15-oz. can pumpkin pie filling

In a large bowl with electric mixer combine cake mix, egg, and butter and mix well. Pat into bottom of a prepared pan and set aside. Still using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth; add eggs and vanilla. Dump in confectioners' sugar and beat well. Slowly pour in butter and pumpkin and mix well. Pour filling onto cake mixture and spread evenly. Bake for 40-50 minutes. Center of cake should be a little gooey. Serve with a little whipped cream on top. Bon appetit!

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Also, I wanted to show you some flowers that one of our guests brought. My kids added the curling leaves yesterday. Isn't this a pretty autumn bouquet? It is very cheerful to see in my kitchen.

Have a nice day, everyone!


Southern Fried Girl said...

I love the giant sunflowers. Gorgeous.

Kerry said...

thanks for the recipe! I also love your plate!

paige said...

i love gooey cake & the pumpkin version sounds wonderful.
glad you had a blast!

Nunnie's Attic said...

I think I have made every version of the gooey butter cake Paula puts out. And pumpkin is by far my favorite!


Tres Poshe Preppy said...

Yum, thanks for the recipe. Those flowers are so pretty!

Rosemary said...

That recipe sounds wonderful! I will try it when I get back from the wedding.

Alice said...

I haven't tried the pumpkin gooey yet so I really appreciate your recommendation.

suburban prep said...

Pumpkin and Gooey Goodness what can be better than that? I think this is going to have to be make at my house. Thank you for the recipe.

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

something about the word gooey that just let's you know this is one yummy cake! Personally I'm a sucker for all things pumpkin :)


Hemstitch & Hydrangea said...

Welcome Home Snoopy! I see he's making the rounds again in time for the Great Pumpkin Preparations-

Your cake looks and sounds A MAY ZEEEN- I will try it because I bake about once a week and cake are my favortie- and oh so is BUTTER!

Your kids are so cute and sweet.

tommie said...

oh my, that cake looks like a little bit of heaven! I will be making that this weekend.

tulipmom said...

Gorgeous flowers, and I love the vase too! I have to agree with Dena, if it's got the word "gooey" in it, it's got to be good!

Garden Girl said...

I made this for a party last night after seeing it on your blog. My guests loved it! Thanks for posting it.