pumpkin cake and a birthday party

We traveled to my sister’s house to celebrate our mother’s birthday. I made a white cake with chocolate ganache frosting and a pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting. Several people asked for the pumpkin cake recipe, so I’m posting it here.

pumpkin cake

Pumpkin Cake
Mix together:

2 c. all purpose flour
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt

Add and mix well:

4 eggs
1 c. vegetable oil
2 c. canned pumpkin (15 oz. can)

pumpkin cake batter

Pour into greased 9×13 pan. Bake 325* F for 55-60 minutes. Cool completely and frost with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Mix ingredients together until smooth:

1/2 c. butter, softened
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 (1 lb.) box powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract

You may add 1/2 cup of raisins and/or nuts to the batter, if you like. I made it plain, no additions.

pumpkin cake

The daughter of my niece gives Booker some tickles. She said, “I touch him all the time!” He’s her grandma’s doggy.

tickles for Booker

Booker is shy, but he let DD give him some attention, too.

shy Booker

My parents and their seven children. I’m in the back, in the left corner (white shirt).

my parents and their children

Happy birthday, Mom! ~~Rhonda


  1. Sarah
    Posted August 31, 2009 at 11:53 am | Permalink

    So adorable of you guys!

  2. Wendy
    Posted September 27, 2009 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    Beautiful picture of your family. Your mother must have loved having you altogether! So glad she got a good report….forgot to tell you that yesterday.
    Good cake too!

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