Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Is It A Cake or a Pumpkin? It's Both!

Friends came for tea yesterday
It's November
It's Fall

Tea in the dining room
With the Spode Camilla blue and white transfer ware
And a crochet cloth on the table
With lace and blue and white

The old dough bowl in the center of the table
filled with pumpkins and gourds and bittersweet and acorn squash

The tea treat is a pumpkin cream cheese bundt cake
It echoes the pumpkins in the centerpiece
Candy corn rims the plate

A two layer bundt cake with a cream cheese filling!

Perfect for afternoon tea with a cup of Harney's Hot Cinnamon Tea


This recipe is for ONE bundt cake

1 box yellow cake mix, sifted
1/2 t. baking soda
2 eggs
1 3/4 cup pumpkin
1/2 t. ginger
1 t. vanilla
1 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. ground cloves
1 cup sugar

For the Cream Cheese Filling:

8 oz. cream cheese softened
1/2 c. sugar
1 egg
1/4 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. vanilla


3 1/2 c. powdered sugar
5 to 6 tablespoons milk
red and yellow food color
Optional:   real pumpkin stem

Preheat oven to 350.    Grease a round 10 cup bundt pan and set aside. 

In a large bowl, combine cake mix, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and sugar and whisk to mix well.    Mix in eggs, pumpkin, and vanilla.    In another bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, and egg until creamy.     Mix in cinnamon and vanilla.

Pour half of cake batter into prepared bundt pan.    Next, spread on cream cheese mixture.    Top with remaining cake batter.     Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until inserted knife comes out mostly clean.

**To make full pumpkin, you wil need to make the above cake twice.   Do not double the recipe and split between two cake pans.   Make the cake two times.     When they’re down, flip one cake upside down, set second cake on top.

Make icing by mixing together powdered sugar and milk in a microwave safe bowl.    Stir in 1/2 teaspoon yellow food coloring.   Add red food coloring 2 to 3 drops at a time until desired shade of orange is reached.     Warm icing in microwave (20 to 30 seconds) until pourable consistency is reached.     Pour icing over cake.     Allow to cool and set.    Top with optional pumpkin stem.    Slice and serve at room temperature.

NOTES:   I used my 5 cup bundt pans so I made the receipt only ONCE and did split it between the two pans.    My cake was definitely smaller (and served less) than if you use a regular bundt pan.      Also, it is very important that you make the icing thick and microwave.    A thinner icing that is pourable is more of a glaze than an icing.   And you want a nice thick coat of orange icing on your pumpkin!

Also, you could just make one and frost so it looks like a half pumpkin rather than a whole one.     It’s just a good pumpkin cake but the two bundt presentation with real pumpkin stem is just so clever!

I'm joining Kathleen at CuisineKathleen for her Bundt Cake challenge
Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Michael at Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea


Marigene said...

What a beautiful crocheted tablecloth! Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bundt Cake looks and sounds delicious...thanks for sharing the recipe, Martha.
Have a wonderful week.

Kathleen said...

The cake looks delicious, and what a lovely tablecloth! Thanks for taking the challenge. Have a good weekend!

Sarah said...

The cake looks tasty, and I've always loved the mini pumpkin pan design. Thanks for the recipe.

Lulu said...

I never thought about it, but a bundt pan is perfect for making a faux pumpkin. The whole presentation is a real winner.

Scribbler said...

Your table looks so beautiful as always. The cake looks delicious, and I am going to have to try it. (I saved it)

Debs Dust Bunny said...

So beautiful and delicious! What a wonderful way to celebrate Autumn.

Mary said...

What a beautiful dough bowl centerpiece filled with autumn's best! I love that pan design and I can't resist anything with cream cheese!

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

I like your presentation! The cake looks so good. I need to try it since I'm planning on taking a pumpkin shape cake for Thanksgiving. said...

How cute is this!! Such fun and sounds delicious too~I love your centerpiece down your table, gorgeous!

bj said...

Love love this....the cake looks delicious...a must try...maybe for Thanksgiving...
xoxo bj


Pretty table topper and the cake looks awesome!

Canadian Chickadee said...

It looks and sounds divine. xoxox

Rosie M. said...

What a GREAT idea to make 2 cakes to create a pumpkin! And the idea of cream cheese as a filling----YUM! Thank you for sharing this (and I LOVE your plates and crocheted tablecloth----lovely!) Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

Parsimonious Décor Darling said...

Super sweet cake.....very clever! I loooove your Spode!!