Pumpkins!!! Pumpkin Cake w/ Cinnamon Butter Cream Frosting

November is finally here and I am so excited about cooler weather and my favorite holiday is coming up, Thanksgiving!! Now, you might be a bit sick of pumpkin spice everything at this point but I just couldn’t resist sharing this delicious cake with you. I’m a bit traditional when it comes to pumpkin as an ingredient. I love pumpkin pie and pumpkin cake. Not so much a fan of pumpkin drinks, pumpkin candy, pumpkin chocolate and the list goes on and on and on. My local grocery only offers canned pumpkin during the winter months so I enjoy stocking up so I have it year round. If you aren’t a fan of canned pumpkin and prefer using fresh, I highly recommend getting your pumpkins the first week of November. Chances are, every school or church who had a Fall Festival/Halloween function will have a ton of pumpkins they are willing to sell cheap or give away to anyone who will take them off their hands.

With that said, let’s dig into this recipe a bit. The recipe itself is very easy and pretty cut and dry so I want to walk you through the assembly.

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Cinnamon Buns: A Swedish Tradition

 

Today (October 4) is National Cinnamon Bun Day in Sweden! This day was created back in 1999 as a way for Sweden’s ‘Home Baking Council’ to celebrate their fortieth birthday. Autumn in Sweden is very similar to autumn here in the US. It is the harvest high season and home baking is something occurring in many homes across the country. There is just nothing like a fresh, hot, gooey cinnamon bun on a crisp autumn morning. I will admit that this sweet treat is one of my all time favorites!  I have fond memories of hot cinnamon buns, fresh from the oven, coated in cream cheese icing being served every Christmas morning. This Christmas tradition is still carried out at my parents home and now my own home each year. Because this is one of my favorite desserts, I have created several variations over the years. This newest creation I believe will be one of your favorites as well.

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Pavlova: The Perfect Summertime Dessert

Pavlova seems to be all the rage this summer.  I keep finding recipes in cooking magazines, blogs and Pinterest.  I first came across pavlova in one of my cookbook perusals as a preteen.  (Yes, I poured over cookbooks at 11.)  But to my young taste buds, a circle of meringue topped with fruit sounded like the most boring dessert ever.  I was so wrong!  This dessert is spectacular in taste and presentation.

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