We have started a new tradition in our house...every Sunday we get together for a big Sunday dinner. The idea came to me a few weeks ago when I went to the local grocery store on a Sunday afternoon to buy some milk. I noticed that there seemed to be double the amount of customers frequenting the dessert aisle...most of them dressed in their Sunday Best. I mentioned this to my husband, to which he replied, "Well, they were all probably trying to pick out some dessert for Sunday dinner." Then he went on to talk about how his grandmother used to make big Sunday dinners and how everyone from aunts and uncles to best friends and close neighbors would show up and partake in this event.
I thought this was such a great idea and such a memorable tradition to start with our kids. So tonight was our first ever big Sunday dinner. I made Parmesan & Mozzarella Chicken with some homemade mashed potatoes and green bean casserole.
For dessert, I made this wonderful cake pictured above. I still had some pumpkin left over from the fall and also had a box of spiced cake mix that needed to be used up :) The original recipe was called "Two Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Cake"...but I decided to add a few more ingredients to make the recipe more appealing. The results were fantastic! My kids loved it, as did my husband. Of course, some of it will be taken into my hubby's work tomorrow and I also plan on taking some to a playdate that I have as well...just so we won't be tempted to eat the whole thing :)
Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
For the cake:
1 box Spiced Cake Mix
15 oz. canned pumpkin
1/2 cup of applesauce
1 and 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice blend
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup regular granulated sugar
For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 oz. package of cream cheese
1/4 cup butter
2 cups powdered sugar
1 and 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bundt pan or a 9x13 inch baking pan.
Combine all the ingredients for the cake together in a bowl and mix until well blended. Place mix into the pan and bake for 43 minutes if using a bundt pan....or 25-30 minutes of using a 9x13 pan. Cool and make the frosting.
Combine all of the ingredients for the frosting together in a bowl. Mix until well blended.
Frost the cooled cake.