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