Anybody else like to wander through local garden centers during the month of October as much as I do? Their Fall displays are so beautiful and yet not so much that they inspire me to recreate one on my own front porch.
I now have a greater appreciate for the garden center displays because I know that it takes an artistic eye to pull that all together. (Something I was apparently lacking.) I wish that I had taken some pictures of it but at the time, but I was probably too embarrassed or didn't want to document my pitiful display. Maybe one day, I will seek some assistance from a professional and attempt another display for the Davis front porch but for now, I'll just enjoy and appreciate the Fall displays at the garden centers.
I came home totally inspired - not to make a Fall display on my porch but to make pumpkin dessert. (Pretty sure that was NOT the goal.) Anyway, I decided to make a pumpkin chocolate marble cake.
I tried a new one this year and it was definitely a winning combination.
Pumpkin Chocolate Marble Cake
1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
5 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 3/4 cups cake flour, divided
3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. baking powder, divided
1/2 tsp. baking soda, divided
1 tsp. salt, divided
3/4 cup Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa
1 1/3 cup regular or low-fat buttermilk, divided
Cream Cheese Glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
4 oz. (1/2 cup) regular or low-fat cream cheese
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3-4 tbsp. milk (or more if you want a thinner glaze)
Preheat oven to 350. Rub a bundt pan and dust with 1 tbsp. flour until the interior is covered. Tap lightly to shake loose extra flour. Set aside.
Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs (make sure you’re checking in both the pumpkin and chocolate parts, I noticed large chocolate sections needed a few additional minutes).
Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool for another 10 minutes on a rack.
Drizzle on the warm cake. Let cake cool completely.
Slice and serve.
By the way, I want to send a shout out to The Family Tree garden center in Snellville, Georgia for their fabulous Fall displays AND for allowing me to come and photograph them all. These are a few of my favorite pics from my stroll through the nursery last week.
Fall just wouldn't be Fall without a little pumpkin cake to go along with the beautiful displays.
Happy Fall everyone.
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