Saturday, September 29, 2012

Fall Harvest & Pumpkin Cake Tea Table

Hi everyone!

I've missed you all so much as I've been out of blogging for a little more than two weeks. In the first place my daughter Alexandra contracted Hepatitis A and to top it all, my computed got stolen in the airport while I waited my flight back home with my daughter, because I decided to bring her home for her convalescence. I'm loving my cute computer, it's lighter and smaller. So here I am to start partying with you all. 

 The big white and blue, English ironstone bowl I used it to hold my little pumpkins and gourds, in order to continue with the color theme.
 The hand painted Blue Delft garniture set is made in Holland. I'm using it here as my centerpiece.  The center triangle is a silk-brocade that was my Mil's and it has a soft golden- brown, fall color just perfect for the season and I paired it with golden place mats.

My cake has a beautiful etched, fall pattern on top, produced from my new Nordicware pan. Hope they bring one with a Christmas wreath etching too.

 The recipe is at the end of these post. The etched pedestal cake stand is Marquis-Waterford..was given to us in our Tenth wedding Anniversary, that is, 27 seven years ago!
 Here is the pretty Fall etchings of my new Nordicwear pan I used for my pumpkin cake.
 I bought early this year this lovely antique, Bavarian tea set, made in US Zone of occupied Germany, which lasted from 1946-1948. I paired the teacups with my White ScapesNoritake bread plates and salad plates. The cobalt blue chargers where made at our former ceramic co.
 The cake is somewhat marbled with cocoa powder. In the backdrop the creamer and sugar bowl.

The fruit basket was also made at our former ceramic co.
The water goblets are French from my dear Mil.

 I love the hand painted, peacock on the Delf garniture piece. It also has a lion figurine as handle.
Here I'm posting finally a Fall Harvest and Pumpkin Cake Tea Table. I'm using my antique Bavarian, US Zone, Germany tea set, that I bought early this year. You can see the lovely Bavarian teapot and one of the flower vases from the Delf-Holland garniture set I used as my centerpiece.

I'm happy to be back to start visiting you and inspiring myself from the beautiful posts I will be visiting. Thank you so much in advance for the wonderful and kind comments you always leave me and make me sooo happy!


Pumpkin Chocolate Harvest Cake

2/3 cups softened butter, (not margarine)
2 cups sugar
1 whole egg
2 egg whites
2 1/3 cups flour
1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 (15 oz.) can solid-pack pumpkin
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 tablespoon water

Heat oven to 350F.  Grease and flower pan; set aside. In large bowl of K. Aid, or whatever you have..beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg and egg whites; mix until well blended. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and 1/2 cup water; mix on low speed until blended, scraping bowl often. Increase speed to medium, and beat 2 minutes. 

Remove 3/4 cup of the batter and put in a small bowl. Spoon reserved batter into prepared pan.  
To reserved batter, add cocoa and 1 tablespoon water; stir to combine. Place spoonfuls of chocolate batter  on top of batter in pan. Using a knife, swirl chocolate batter, into pumpkin batter to marble. 

Bake 40 to 47 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan; remove from pan and cool completely.

Thank you lovely and gracious hostesses for having me at your fabulous and fun parties. I will be partying at:

Let's Dish at,  Cuisine Kathleen
What's It Wednesday at,  Ivy and Elephants
Tablescape Thursday at,  Between Naps on the Porch
Full Plate Thursday at,  Miz Hellen's Country Cottage
A Return to Loveliness at,  A Delightsome Life
Vintage Inspiration Friday at,  Common Ground
Potpourry Friday at,  Honey at 2805
Home Sweet Home at,  The Charm of Home
Inspiration Friday at,  The Picket Fence
Foodie Friday at,  Rattlebridge Farm 
Home Sweet Home at,  The Charm of Home
Grace at Home at,  Imparting Grace
Open House at,  Bernideen's Tea Time Blog
Shine on Fridays at,  One Artsy Mama
Tickled Pink at,  504 Main  
Say G'Day Linky Party at,  Natasha in Oz
Seasonal Sunday at,  The Tablescaper
Sunny Simple Sunday at,  Sunny Simple Life
Masterpiece Monday at,  Boogieboard Cottage
On the Menu Monday at,  Stone Gable
Table Top Tuesday at,  A Stroll Thru Life
Mix it Up Monday at,  Flour Me with Love


  1. Welcome back my dear friend! So sad about your daughter's illness and the lost of your pc! :(
    I was missing your beautiful tablescapes with all those pretty pieces that you always have in store!

  2. Such a beautiful table Fabby! I love the cake! What a perfect way to serve your treats. Everything looks so lovely.

    Jocelyn @

  3. Your pumpkin cake is so pretty and looks delicious, Fabby. I love the etched maple leaves on it. As usual, your tablescape is gorgeous. I am glad you are back cause I surely missed your beautiful posts. I hope Alexandra gets better everyday....Christine

  4. Dearest Fabby,

    That is sad news about your daughter contracting Hepatitus A and you losing your computer at the airport.
    But your post here is lovely; as always. Your beautiful Delft blue pieces look like Royal Delftware De Porceleyne Fles. You can let me know if I am right.
    Hugs to you,

  5. Enfin! Je retrouve un peu de temps pour venir te visiter après mes longues semaines d'absence... Je lis que tu as dû toi aussi t'absenter mais pour d'autres raisons. J'ose espérer que ta fille récupère peu à peu... Elle doit se faire gâter par sa maman chérie !...
    Quelle belle note automnale que ta jolie table dressée ! Tout est parfait... L'harmonie est toujours de rigueur et j'aime ça !
    Ma gourmandise me poussera-t-elle jusqu'à essayer la recette de ton gâteau qui me donne l'eau à la bouche ?... Peut-être bien, dans quelques jours, lorsque je vais enfin complètement retrouver mes marques...
    En attendant ma chère Fabby, je t'embrasse affectueusement,
    gros bisous à toi et à ta fille.

  6. What a pretty setting, Fabby!! The cake is beautiful with the fall accents! So pretty and perfect for the season!! Hope your daughter gets better soon; and sorry about your computer!

  7. Welcome back, Fabby! How awful about your daughter and the hepatitis. Thankfully she is with you. How terrible about your computer being stolen. I have a son recuperating here with us. Your table is beautiful, as always, and the cake looks scrumptious!!

  8. Oh, man, Christine...I am SO sorry to hear about your computer getting stolen! That's crazy! People can just be so mean sometimes. When they steal something like that, they're not only taking your property but your memories and time spent. Just makes me wanna pop 'em one! :-) I'm glad to see you back, but sorry to hear of Alexandra's ailment. That must be tough. Poor thing! I hope she's back in the pink soon. Meanwhile, your table is beautiful. I love the color combination of the blue & white with the pops of autumnal orange. Very nice! LOVE the peacock on that Delft piece!!!!! Welcome back! Take care, and enjoy your new computer!

  9. Beautiful table and cake, Fabby. Making me hungry!
    Love the blue and white with the orange. ~ Sarah

  10. Well, THAT explains your absence! I sure hope your daughter recovers completely and sooner than expected...

    I've never seen such a cake pan! What an attractive cake it produces.

    The table is beautiful as always. The orange coupled with blue and white are a striking combination.

    Happy autumn to you and yours.

  11. Fabby~ You have the most wonderful pieces to use at your table! Your blue and white is beautiful paired with the copper tones and your cake looks delicious! So sorry to hear about your daughter and your computer~ enjoy your new one :)

  12. Oh, Fabby! What an adventure you've had. So sorry to hear of your daughter's illness and that your computer was stolen. Glad you are back with us with this delicious Fall Harvest post. I'm going to make the Pumpkin Cake!

  13. I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter and I hope she recovers soon. Please let us know! Don't we always worry about our kids when they are away!! Your table is so interesting and the cake looks delicious! Take care. Linda

  14. Hi Fabby, I'm sorry to hear of your daughter's illness and hope she will recover soon. That would be terrible to have your computer stolen! You've had a difficult 2 weeks. Your table is just gorgeous. I love cobalt blue and orange or rust together. Beautiful! Take care of yourself. Hugs, Pamela

  15. OK, you had me at the first picture, but each one was better than the next! Sorry for my gushing, but everything in this post is so beautiful. I love Nordicware, too. Your cake is gorgeous. Your table is gorgeous. YOU are gorgeous!

  16. Very sad about your daughter having Hepatitus A. I am speechless, especially when a child is ill. I am so sorry.

    What a fabulous table. Every detail is perfect. Love the cake pan.


  17. Ditto- I'm gushing too- your entire table, the setting the photos are just beautiful-elegant!
    I think this may be the first time our blogging paths have crossed-loving it-Am Following-hope you find time to look in on me at Like Gramma's House.


  18. I was really worried why your were silent §:-(
    Hope Ms. A is better. I missed you but Ms. A is the priority. No worries with us (me).

    Now, your talking about cake? Waaahhh... am on a diet, Preciousa amiga mia. Drool with your collections and drool with that yummilicious cake.

    Welcome back, dear Fabby-


  19. Dear Fabby, I have been wondering and worrying as to why we have not had any news from you,
    I am so sorry your daughter is ill, and am sure bringing her to your house for her recuperation is the best thing for her, She will get plenty of health care and the best TLC there is...from her mother! I hope she has a speedy recovery.
    Your tablescape is lovely, as usual, and all of the objects you used go together so well. I like your cake....I copied the recipe and hope to make it soon for us. The bundt pan with the pretty fall designs in it is so makes a lovely cake!
    Thanks for posting the great looking tablescape and I do hope your daughter gets well soon. In the meantime, I know Momma is happy to have her home to nurse!
    Have a good weekend.
    Sending hgs and love, and a big WELCOME BACK....I missed you!
    xoxoxox Francy

  20. Hi Fabby darling. You know I adore your dishes. you have the prettiest collections. Your Fall cake is beautiful. Thanks for sharing a lovely recipe and your beautiful table. Hugs, Linda

  21. Wonder recipe and that table - fabulous for fall! Thanks for linking to Open House! I love it all! Prayers for your daughter too!
    Chicken soup maybe?

  22. Hi Sweetie! Your table is fabulous and the cake delicious! I do hope all is well with Alexandra! Thank you for sharing your beautiful post at Potpourri Friday!

  23. Fabby, I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter's illness..and to have your computer stolen on top of that..terrible. I hope Alexandra's recovery isn't too long.
    Love your elegant Fall table, especially your beautiful blue and white pieces.
    Hugs and take care,

  24. I am glad that your daughter is convalescing and that you have another computer to use. Your tablescape is gorgeous, and that beautiful cake--I love that you can see the leaves and acorns and all the details in the food itself--lovely!

  25. I pray that Alexandra's healing will be complete. I know that she feels safe with her dear mama. The blues are perfect with the rich oranges of Autumn. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  26. Oh my! The blue and white looks so wonderful with golds and coppers! Pumpkins and pumpkin cake? Everything looks elegant, as usual. Happy September. I am looking forward to cooler days and crisp nights.

  27. Which do I like best...the table with its blue and white matched with fall colors or the recipe for the cake which sounds delis? Take good care of your daughter.

  28. I am so sorry that your daughter is ill and hope she will be feeling well soon. It is fun coming to your blog because there is always something special to enjoy. Your table looks beautiful as usual. I must get one of those cake pans, I love the design. Just want to tell you that you can now find me at A COZY PLACE CALLED HOME. I had to give up Cozy Home Scenes due to a threatened legal action from a company that said I was infringing on their trademark. It is sad for me but I think it will work out if my followers and readers come along with me. You have been nice to visit my blog so I wanted to let you know about the change. Forgive the extra long comment.--------- Shannon

  29. Love the enchantic designs the perfect interiors and the surroundings here, seems to be great..

  30. Hi Fabby,
    best wishes for the reconvalescence of your daughter. That is a serious problem and additional the problem with the stolen PC - what a difficult time for you. Hope, all will turn out well. Your table is fabulous as always. I love to see your pretty items. Thank you for sharing this wonderful table and for your sweet comment on my blog.
    Best greetings, Johanna


  31. I missed you too Fabby.sorry to hear your daughter has taken ill and i wish her recovery soon.your table looks those blue wear.thank you for the pumpkin cake recipe...Take

  32. Glad to see you back! Hope your daughter is doing well and that she finds herself with lots of energy.
    This cake is too pretty to cut into, and I love the decorations on top. Oh girl, this table is gorgeous and so inviting. love the blues and how you mixed the orange pumpkins and other fall pieces with it.
    Blessing on this beautiful Friday.

  33. Welcome back - you've been busy! I love this table -- makes me want to crawl right into the picture and sit right down!

  34. Fabby, I love the orange with your beautiful blue dishes. What a delicious looking cake, and such a fun baking pan! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

  35. Glad you are back! I hope your daughter is better! Very pretty tea table, love the blue and white! The cake looks delicious!


  36. Hi Fabby, I hope your daughter is feeling much better now and completely recovered. I'm sure you felt a little lost after your computer was stolen. You certainly are back in the swing of blogland! Love this tablescape Fabby. I saw so much of the beautiful blue and white while visiting Amsterdam. I brought home a few small things but saw a lot I would have loved to bring back. The cake is so pretty and I'm sure it was delicious.


  37. Chocolate and pumpkin? Sounds perfect~!
    Love your table setting, Fabby.

    Just gorgeous.

  38. Hi Fabby,
    What a beautiful Tea Table and a elegant choice in your Fall Harvest and Pumpkin Cake. Your guest will feel so special. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  39. Hi Fabby, thank you so much for your nice comments on my blog your table scape are so beautiful, Monica mucho mejor de su sirujia w thank God no puede caminar de ese pies por 3 meses solo con muletas no ha sido facil para mi mi amiguita desde que regrese de California perdi mi trabajo mi hija tuvo q operarce y mi esposo esta en Utah trabajando solo mi fe en el gran Cristo me sostiene para seguir adelante mi fe ante todo espero en Dios que tu hija se recupere pronto.

  40. Beautiful cake! I Love everything pumpkin.

  41. Hi Fabby, your table looks so pretty. I love the blue pieces, the tablecloth and the delicious looking (and decorative) cake. Sorry to hear about the crazy things that happened to you lately. Glad you are back. XO Patty

  42. Dear Fabby, what a sweet mama you are to take care of your girl. Please give her our get well wishes. Your table is just glorious, and my goodness, that chandelier!! Can I come for the holidays, lol? Have a wonderful weekend,
    xoxo, Andrea

  43. Hi Fabby,
    What a beautiful fall tabelscape. The cake looks divine and I love the addition of pumpkins and your pieces are gorgeous! XO ~Liz

  44. Hola Fabby bienvenida! Que linda te quedó la página, tiene más luz y se ven bien los detalles.
    En la traducción no entiendo qué es 1 (15 oz.) can solid-pack pumpkin.El resto de la preparación es bien simple y el molde le da un toque especial.
    Espero que tu hija se encuentre bien y lamentablemente va a tener como enemigo posible al chocolate.

  45. Fabby, You set the most elegant and enchanting tables! They are rich with color and details!
    I LOVE that pumpkin chocolate cake. Thanks for giving us the recipe!!!
    Could you stop by ON THE MENU MONDAY and share this with us. Link goes live at 8:00 Sunday night!
    I'm making it!

  46. Hello, dear Fabby. I was so happy to see your visit to my post, and then to see that you had one too. I'm sorry about all your challenges--first your son-in-law's surgery (I pray he's completely well now), and now your daughter--I pray for her complete recovery too. And your computer being stolen is so sad--it's such an invasion to experience. I'm happy to see you here (I've been away quite a while too), and your table, as always, is lovely. Love every detail. The centerpiece is just gorgeous. You've inspired me to get a table going SOON! :) Carinos para la familia. ~Zuni

  47. Such a beautiful post! Thank you for sharing the recipe. It sounds delicious!

    Welcome back!

  48. Lovely table, Fabby! Adore all things Nordicware. They have so many fun and festive cake moulds. So sorry to hear about your pc being stolen... and hope your daughter is feeling better soon. All the best - great to see you back in bloglandia again :D
    Hugs Pernilla

  49. Hi Fabby!

    Yes... I am back to blogging again. I just had to come by to visit you since I always LOVE seeing your easy elegant style.

    I am SO sorry to hear about your DD and hope she is getting well. What a good mama you are :)

    I know that Karma will catch up with the horrible person that took your computer. I hope you changed all your passwords so they can't get into banking files, etc.

    Oh, love that bunt cake!

    xoxo Bunny Jean

  50. Fabby, Your table is lovely as always. That cake looks delicious. Love the cake pan. I need to look for one of those! Have a wonderful week. Hope your daughter improves quickly.

  51. Fabby, checking in to see how your daughter is doing. Been thinking about you........Sarah

  52. The cake and table look beautiful Fabby! This is a great way to start the fall season. Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

  53. Fabby, I hope your daughter gets better quickly! And how awful about your computer being stolen! I'm glad you now have a newer, better one. Your fall table is the perfect mix of elegant and seasonal! That silk-brocade piece is gorgeous and really sets the tone for a lovely table.

  54. Love the Bavarian tea set ~ so delicate and pretty! The cake looks delish, what a great pan to bake it in! So perfect for fall :)

  55. What an elegant table! Love the cake, the china, and the arrangements of bowls of fruit/nuts and gourds. Hope your daughter is feeling better.

  56. So sorry your daughter has been sick. I hope she is doing better. Your table is stunning, and what a beautiful cake. I'd almost hate to cut it. laurie

  57. HI FABBY,
    First off I am Praying for your lovely daughter....I Am asking God to touch her now and heal her from this. IS she feeling better????I also am so sorry your computer was stolen...that is NOT nice at all.Why do people have to be so cruel and take things that are not theirs to take????It drives me mad...if you leave your garage door open around here...these thieves will walk right in and take your bicycles, golf clubs, strollers, and or anything else they can grab quickly. It is sad. to the fun cute stuff.....
    YOUR FALL table is divine!!!I love your china, your ceramic pieces are lucky to have owned a shop where these were all made. THE PUMPKIN Cake pan is amazing...I need to get me one of those...for every HOLIDAY!!!!
    The cake looks yummy too...I will have to bake this in a traditional cake pan for now!!!
    HAPPY FALL to you.....I know it is not fall on your calender where you live...but in are a Northern Hemisphere kind of girl!!

  58. oh my gosh, how fabulous is the fall goodness on top of the cake! i LOVE that. anything with leaves and acorns are right up my alley!

  59. Just BEAUTIFUL, Fabby! Love the blue and white.

    I'm so sorry that your daughter was sick--I hope she's better now. I'm so glad she has YOU to take care of her. What a blessing moms can be!

    And I'm glad you got a new computer--scary to think of a computer's being stolen! I need to be more careful!

  60. Your table is beautiful, I love the blue with the orange.
    I have that pan too, and your cake looks delicious!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

  61. Congratulations!
    Your post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Hope you have a great weekend and enjoy your new Red Plate.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  62. Hi Fabby,
    So sorry about your daughters illness and loosing your computer! Your table and cake look divine! Thank you for joining me at HSH!

  63. Omg Fabby, this is one of the most beautifully set table I have had the pleasure of viewing ;)
    I love your dinning room so elegant and inviting ;)

    Big Smiles~


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