Delicious Pumpkin Pie Cake Recipe

A month or so ago my DIL’s aunt had sent a dessert over to her house for Thanksgiving,  and everyone was raving about it….so I requested this delicious pumpkin pie cake recipe of hers.

I had texted her asking if it was online somewhere, and did not hear back, but she wrote it out for me and brought it to my grandson’s birthday party a month later.  I am so glad that she did !

Knowing that the recipe was now in hand , my youngest son requested that I make it as one of our Christmas desserts. This is really good, and when you make it once for your family, it will always be on the request list :


Bottom Layer

  • Yellow cake mix ( put one cup aside )
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup melted butter.
  • Mix this up with a fork and press into pan.  Whevever I make a sheet cake I use the pan that my grandmother used for as long as I can remember.

Middle Layer

  • 1 large can pumpkin ( not the mix / just plain pumpkin )
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • Mix and pour into pan

Top Layer

  • That cup of the cake mix that was put aside
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • The note on the recipe indicated that she’d used a bit more butter and brown sugar and nuts to make a thicker topping so I did the same.

Bake at 350 ‘for about an hour’.

pumpkin cake collage

Not too hard to make,  incredibly moist and delicious, and a hit with the family …it’s a recipe keeper :)

cake slice

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Christmas randoms

I hope that you enjoyed your Christmas, in whatever way that you celebrate. I caught a picture of the Full Moon on Christmas Eve but just in case that wasn’t official I wanted one in the morning as well. We had clouds…I finally caught a bit of it ….

Christmas Moon

In my previous post  I told the story of how the children were surprised by their Christmas puppy ( the day before Christmas Eve. )

When he first arrived he was a frightened little thing. By the next day he was very snuggly and a bit more adventurous. By Christmas morning when they brought him down for our Christmas breakfast get-together here, he was a bundle of excited energy when he encountered my two dogs for the first time.  I have Lily and Jugsy….little Merle went after Jugsy ! Is it because Jugs is half-Rottweiler as is little Merle? I think so. I think that Jugsy reminded Merle of his mother and siblings…it was nigh on impossible to capture the cuteness going on….they were moving too fast in a small space…

Little Merle’s tail was wagging; he was bounding around; he sort of prances when he runs and I’ll have to try to capture that with some outdoor photos soon…

pup and jugs collage


I WISH that I’d had my camera down at my son’s later on. I’d taken Merle outside hoping that he would do his business before we had dinner. Walking along the side of the house…BOING!

He ran into a stray dandelion with the fuzzy top.  Now this was very exciting to him, since he was just the same height as the dandelion. He played with this dandelion and another one close by for a good five minutes and I had such a laugh! I think that I’ve laughed more about this puppy in the last two days than I have in the last few months :)

We had plenty of food for Christmas dinner which was good, since they had plenty of relatives and friends stopping by, in and out, throughout the evening. Rather than a sit down quiet dinner, we made a buffet and shared.

I will tell you about my middle son and his gravy on Christmas Day.

We’d had breakfast here. Once that was all cleaned up I started on my casseroles.  I took one down…the weather was mild; they are two blocks away, so I walked it.  I stayed awhile and tasted the spiral ham and returned for the other casserole.  He opened the door, telling me how the turkey gravy wasn’t thickening….I brought my casserole into the kitchen to set it down only to see him in great consternation exclaiming “how did THIS happen in a minute!”

He’d gotten impatient and kept adding more cornstarch and now he had wallpaper paste cooking on the stove. How I managed to not bust out laughing who knows. You see, he didn’t want help with this, this year.  Well, we scooped most of the cornstarch blobs out and he started over but I don’t think that I’ll ever forget this Christmas’s FIRST batch of gravy :)

My youngest son brought his Koopa, now a bit over a year old, and little Merle the puppy was not so interested in him as he’d been with Jugsy.  Someone brought Koopa a bone-gift later on in the evening, and while Koopa was outside, Merle landed on it..dragging it around ; the bone was probably bigger than him.

My oldest son was to fly in from St. Louis on Sunday for four days but his plans changed. He’d been here for Thanksgiving, and then had to travel quite a bit for work, and when it came down to it, he decided to stay home as he felt exhausted. That was dissapointing but understandable. He’ll make it here some other time. I still went ahead and made a large pot of ham, vegetable and bean soup for the rest of us today.

While we’ve had extremely mild temperatures here in the Northeast around Christmas, it’s been cloudy and rainy for the most part. I did catch a few photos when the sun was out one afternoon. I love when the clouds look like huge puffy cottonballs.

pretty skies collage late december

There was a pretty sunrise this Sunday morning before the drearies moved back in / rain for the rest of the day:

dec 27 sunrise

I usually wait until New Year’s Day or the day after to start to take down the Christmas decor, leaving some of the snowmen out, but with the oldest one not coming home after all, and 66 degrees this morning and it feeling more like Easter, I started to put things away and will probably finish up tomorrow.

Did you have a nice Christmas ? I hope so :)

Thoughts and prayers for those in the southern states who are having so much devastating weather this El Nino Christmas season :(

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