Monday, October 31, 2016

Pumpkin Cake Roll #SRCFallDishes

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The perfect fall dessert that looks impressive but is so simple to make
Pumpkin Cake Roll // The perfect fall dessert that looks impressive but is so simple to make #recipe #pumpkin #cake #dessert #SRCFallDishes

Today is an "extra" Monday for the month, so there is a Themed Reveal Day for the Secret Recipe Club. What that means is that there is a special theme and everyone in the club can join in if they want - no group restrictions! Today's theme is FALL DISHES. I was assigned to a former Group D member, now Group member, Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm. Wendy and her husband are retired cops who live on a slightly smaller farm than before (12 acres to 5 now). They have four children between them and have hosted foreign exchange students in their home - including Tingting who has grown up, gotten married, and given Wendy and her husband their first grandchild, Melody. Wendy is a fantastically positive person and her blog is filled with not only food, but so many good stories about her life.

Pumpkin Cake Roll // The perfect fall dessert that looks impressive but is so simple to make #recipe #pumpkin #cake #dessert #SRCFallDishes

Now I didn't make our theme for this special reveal pumpkin...because not everyone likes pumpkin and pumpkin lovers tend to go a little bit overboard...I know because I do. So our theme was to make dishes that are perfect for the season of fall: soups and chilis, food for Thanksgiving (like pecan pie), squash recipes, apple anything, and, of course, pumpkin too.

Because I do love anything pumpkin, when I took to recipe hunting, I only looked at the pumpkin recipes on Wendy's blog. I narrowed down my list to Pumpkin Yeast Bread, Pumpkin Spice Cookie Blossoms, Pumpkin Praline Pancakes., and Pumpkin Cake Roll (which I obviously chose). I thought it was a nice variety and really what it came down to was that I have been wanting to make a cake roll for so very long. I was so nervous to do it. I didn't realize that the cake was spongey, so it doesn't tear.

Pumpkin Cake Roll // The perfect fall dessert that looks impressive but is so simple to make #recipe #pumpkin #cake #dessert #SRCFallDishes

I was so incredibly impressed with how easy this was to make and how well it turned out. I wish I wasn't so scared of these to begin with because I would make this weekly. It was one of the best pumpkin anythings I've ever had. I served it up for dessert for a large family gathering and everyone loved it. I only changed it up every so slightly. I chose to add 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice to the mix because I thought 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon seemed like so little spice and I wanted more. I also split the filling up so that I had some to cover the top to make it look pretty. And just an FYI, this only makes one roll, I just cut it in half to fit on a plate.

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What you need:
For the cake:
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
For the filling:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (plus some)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz) Neufchatel cheese, softened
Directions:
  1. In your stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat eggs on high for 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Then alternate adding sugar and pumpkin.
  3. Add flour, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and baking soda.
  4. Spread batter onto a greased and parchment paper lined jelly roll pan.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 15 minutes or until it springs back when touched.
  6. Meanwhile, take a clean linen kitchen towel and lay out flat. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  7. When the cake is done cooking, flip out onto the towel and remove the parchment paper.
  8. Roll up in towel starting at the short end and then let cool rolled up in towel.
  9. For the filling, beat all the ingredients together until smooth.
  10. Unroll the cake carefully and spread the filling all over (you can also reserve some for the top like I did). Then roll back up.
  11. Trim ends so they look pretty (and eat the ends) and then chill until ready to serve.
Pumpkin Cake Roll // The perfect fall dessert that looks impressive but is so simple to make #recipe #pumpkin #cake #dessert #SRCFallDishes
Pumpkin Cake Roll // The perfect fall dessert that looks impressive but is so simple to make #recipe #pumpkin #cake #dessert #SRCFallDishes

Recipe from A Day in the Life on the Farm




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