Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Pumpkin Log

  Although we are going to our son and DIL's for Thanksgiving, along with the rest of our family, I thought I'd set up a dessert tablescape for the two of us.  Aren't the battery operated candle that are on timers, the best?  My lantern came from Target, which I adorned with some fall faux leaves and a bow.  Dried corn, which I keep from year to year, add a Fall touch, along with my pilgrim couple.  I used a minky throw that I made.  The flip side is a quilt-as-you-go, which I'll share another time.  The mini pumpkins sprinkled about were sent to me from my dear sister.
If I had to name one of my very favorite desserts, this would be one of the top!  What's not to love with pumpkin and a cream cheese filling?  It's great for Thanksgiving or Christmas. My family is always happy if this is an ending to a meal.

I'm using my Johnson Brother's  Friendly Village for dessert and tea.
3 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 cup flour
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 T. cinnamon
1/2 t. nutmeg
1 cup finely chopped pecans
2-3 T. powdered sugar

Cream Cheese Filling

1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 t. vanilla

Preheat ovens to 375 degrees.

Grease a 15 x 10 x 1-inch jelly roll pan. Line with wax paper and grease and flour that.  Set aside.

Combine eggs, sugar, and brown sugar; beat on high speed of an electric mixer until smooth. Add pumpkin, mixing well.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg, stirring well. Add to pumpkin mixture and mix until smooth.

Pour batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly (batter will be thin).   Sprinkle batter with pecans.  Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until top of cake springs back when touched.

Sprinkle 2 T.  powdered sugar evenly on a clean tea towel. Loosen edges of cake and carefully invert onto towel. Remove the wax paper. Roll up cake in towel, beginning with short side.   Cool cake completely on a cooling rack.

Meanwhile make the filling. Combine the powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter and vanilla in a medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.

Unroll cake and spread with cream cheese filling to within 1/2 inch of edges. Carefully re-roll cake without towel; chill before serving. 

NOTE:  Sometimes the cake cracks when it is re-rolled because it's so thin.  Just pipe some whipped cream on top and you're good to go!

Makes 8-10 servings

                                                                     I am sharing with:

                                                                 Mix It Up Monday!
                                                               On the Menu Monday
                                                                  Tea Time Tuesday


  1. Your table looks so pretty and festive :) And the pumpkin log....YUM! I have never made a pumpkin roll, but it's on my to-do list. Maybe I will get it done.... Thanks for sharing!


  2. Yum, this looks and sounds delicious, Kitty!! I love your table for two! Is that Johnson Brothers "Friendly Village?" I've always thought those were neat dishes for fall and winter.

    Have a wonderful day!

    Denise at Forest Manor

  3. Kitty, your vignette is so lovely and heartwarming. I love pumpkin roll, yours looks so yummy. xo

  4. I love pumpkin roll! Used to make one the day before Thanksgiving to take to work because it was a favorite of a co-worker. Never tried it with the nuts though, looks good:@)

  5. The pumpkin roll looks delicious Kitty and your Thanksgiving vignette is lovely.

  6. Your table scape is delightful, and the pumpkin rolls sounds yummy. I have always been a bit afraid of them, they look so tricky to make.

  7. I love pumpkin roll -- perfect for Thanksgiving!

  8. What an elegant looking pumpkin roll! I just know it tastes wonderful too. Your tablescape is so pretty!

  9. Beautiful! tablescape! I LOVE pumpkin roll does my family. Actually, I am planning to try a salted caramel cream cheese filling for the first time this year. Happy Thanksgiving to you Dear!

  10. Pretty table!! Your pumpkin log looks delish!! Have a great Thanksgiving at your Son's!

  11. I have never, ever, ever, ever, ever been able to do a jelly roll! EVER! I just end up making something like trifle out of it because it breaks up so badly. I will just leave it to you experts! This one looks beautiful! I love those LEDs on timers! My next thing to try will be the ones that operate with a remote. They're kinda pricey even at the wholesale rate, but I have to have some!!! Just think when you bury a candle in an arrangement and don't want to dig it out every time you want to "light" it...SO easy just to click a button! Someday. Someday. Have a great time at your son and daughter-in-law's place on Thanksgiving! I'll bet she's as intimidated as heck knowing what a great cook you are! :-)

  12. Love your chocolate minkee! You know I'm dying to see the flip side. I'm sure it's fabulous. The pumpkin log looks wonderful. I filed this one away to make very soon. thanks so much.. xo marlis

  13. Kitty, your pumpkin roll looks delicious and would make a wonderful sweet after dinner. You know I love your Friendly Village because I collect them myself. The table looks lovely! Thank you for sharing at my HOME and enjoy the rest of your week.


  14. I was just dreaming of that very pumpkin roll! I love it at this time of year, so moist and delish! What a pretty table you put together. I love the battery candles too. We finally replaced all of ours at our cabin as twice people had left candles burning and it could have caught the place on fire. Then people tried to light those!!!! Dumb and dumber!

  15. Kitty~ I've never met a Johnson Brothers pattern I didn't love! The Friendly Village is such a happy, cozy pattern. Your pumpkin log looks delicious too, no wonder that your family is happy when you serve it!

  16. Your pumpkin log looks delicious and so pretty. Thanks for the recipe. I love your table. Friendly Village is one of my favorite patterns to use when it starts to get cold....Christine

  17. What an awesome recipe! The pumpkin log looks so good! Delicious!!!

  18. What a festive table...and that pumpkin log looks delicious, Kitty!

  19. Oh my, your table is lovely and the pumpkin roll sounds delicious! This is something I have never tried to make, so I might have to cover mine in whipped cream!

  20. Kitty, I always enjoy viewing what you have each post. This one is so pretty with the lovely lighted lantern and the addition of the bow and leaves. I could just sit right down and have a slice of your Pumpkin Log dessert. It looks so delicious and you are right pumpkin and cream are yummy. Have a festive Thanksgiving with your family!

    Thanks, Pam

  21. I would dearly love having a big slice of that log. Trust you and family enjoy it and all other blessings.

  22. Hi Kitty, You have a special touch! I love the Thanksgiving vignette with the lantern. The pilgrims, the pumpkins and fall foliage are lovely for the season. I have to say your pumpkin log looks delicious. I would love a slice right now with my coffee.
    Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

    The French Hutch

  23. Yum..and beautiful too! I would love to have a piece of that delicious dessert!
    Thank you for sharing the recipe.
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving & Happy Pink Saturday too.
    xo Tami

  24. Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  25. Your table loos so pretty, Kitty. I love those plates and the lantern.
    Pass the cake, it looks delicious!
    I hope you have a wonderful Tgiving and thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

  26. This looks delicious...pretty too. I love pumpkin any way I can get it.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers


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