Monday, November 14, 2011
Ms Paula's Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake
Well folks... It's that time of year again. Thanksgiving is next week! I'm having a bit of a panic attack because I'll be having one of the largest crowds yet, at my house on Turkey Day this year... Thirty-five. Yep! err... um, Nope! That's not a typo.
Am I nuts? Have I completely lost all sense of reality? Maybe. Nah... I know perfectly well what I'm doing. I took over the Thanksgiving meal when I was first married. My mother had hosted it for many, many years and since I loved to cook and entertain, it was a no-brainer for me to take over.
For years, I made scratch Pumpkin Pies (along with several other desserts) and everyone was happy with them. Well... I didn't get any complaints. At least not to my face. ;~) About 5 years ago, hubby saw Ms. Paula making her famous "Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake" on TV and decided that we would no longer have Pumpkin Pie for Thanksgiving. I told him that we'd give it a test run and after the first batch, well... the rest (as they say) is history. Belive me. Nobody misses the pie.
Paula Deen's Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake
Preheat oven to 359 degrees F
1 18oz pkg Yellow Cake Mix
1 Lg Egg
8 Tbls Butter, melted
1 8oz pkg Cream Cheese, softened to room temperature
1 15oz can Solid Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
3 Lg Eggs, lightly beaten
1 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
8 Tbls. Butter, melted (yes... another stick!)
1 16oz box Powdered Sugar
1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Tsp Ground Nutmeg
Pinch Ground Clove (that's my addition)
Combine the cake mix, egg and butter and mix well with electric mixer. Pat the mixture into the bottom of a lightly greased 9x15x2 baking pan.
Filling: In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla and butter and beat together. Next, add the powdered sugar and spices and mix well. Pour on top of the crust and spread it out evenly.
Bake 40 - 50 minutes. Do not overbake. You want the center to be a little underdone so that the cake is nice and gooey once it's cooled. Serve with fresh whipped cream.
Enjoy! (I know my family will!)
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