by Tammy

in Desserts, Hospitality, Start Simply Cookbook, The Christmas Kitchen

I simply love fall. I really love pumpkin! But pumpkin cake is simply the BEST!



This cake recipe I found on my dear friend’s Sandy Coughlin website http://reluctantentertainer.com/

Her recipes are always just amazing. I doubled the recipe and baked them in three 9 inch pans. I tripled the frosting….of course I did!

I glazed the cake with pure maple syrup. With a few yummy pecans.  I generally don’t put nuts in the cake as my girls cannot eat nuts. But that does not stop me from putting them on top!

I love a great cake but I love a great connection and conversation at the table more. That is my heartfelt message. Hospitality is not about impressing people but it is giving them a message about their value.

So where do you start with hospitality? You start with your family. Your husband your children and those you love dearest. Start with loving them with your life. It is the true message of hospitality. Then love the stranger the foreigner the prisoner. They are everywhere around you. They actually are you.

Happy Fall friends!



PREP TIME: 15 min prep + 30 min cooling

COOK TIME: 30 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 15 minutes

You can mix all of the nuts in the cake or leave 1/4 cup out for garnishing.


  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 can 15 oz. pumpkin (I buy Trader Joe’s organic)
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. maple extract


  1. Heat the oven to 350. Coat an 8×8 baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place nuts on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or in the microwave (on paper towel) for about 2 minutes, turning occasionally. Cook the nuts; chop and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the sugars, butter, eggs and vanilla. Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
  4. Mix in the pumpkin, stirring well until combined. Add the chopped nuts.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for about 30 minutes and frost.
  6. For the frosting, with a mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth, adding in the powdered sugar, maple syrup, and extract. Beat until completely smooth.
  7. Frost the cake and top with extra nuts if you prefer; serve.

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Even in today’s busy times, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Author Tammy Maltby believes the true meaning of Christmas is realized when families gather to share activities that make Christmas “the most wonderful time of the year.” More than any other holiday, Christmas is when family and friends gather for a cup of hot chocolate, fresh-baked cookies, and lots of laughter.

Look inside this holiday treasure for: Easy-to-do holiday recipes – Hints for new traditions – Personal gift ideas – Kid-friendly activities – Simple decorating tips. The Christmas Kitchen is more than a recipe book, it’s a book designed to help you enjoy the  holiday season, not be burdened by it. Take a few minutes each day to  browse these pages for the help you’ve been looking for.

Merry Christmas and may your kitchen be filled, first, with the sweet aroma of love, and then with the spices of the season.

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