Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A FALL HARVEST CAKE FOR "Friends Sharing Tea"


Welcome to "Friends Sharing Tea" and I hope you are ready for some lovely "Fall Harvest Cake".  I have seen this recipe several places on different food blogs on line (like www.food.com) and in the Gooseberry Patch "Flavors of Fall" Cookbook.  It is a perfect bundt pan cake and frankly - I skipped the cream cheese icing.  It has chopped apple, pecans and I also added some walnuts, plus spices and pumpkin.....







I set up a little table by the window for our tea and cake.  A bouquet of crab apples makes a festive arrangement.






 To bake the FALL HARVEST CAKE - preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  You will need: 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 2 Tsp cinnamon, 2 Tsp baking soda, 1/2 Tsp salt, 1/4 Tsp nutmeg, 1/4 Tsp ginger, 1 cup oil, 1/2 Tsp vanilla, 4 eggs, 16 oz pumpkin, 2 cups flour, 1 large peeled and chopped apple, 1/2 cup chopped pecans, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

DIRECTIONS:  
1.  Mix together sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, spices, oil, vanilla and eggs
2.  Add pumpkin and stir well
3.  Sitr in flour - 1/2 cup at a time
4. Stir in apple and nuts

Pour into a well greased and floured bundt pan.

Bake 60 minutes at 350 degrees - let cool till only slightly warm

IF YOU LIKE - ICE WITH A CREAM CHEESE ICING OF YOUR CHOICE. 


Do you like to bake?  Last night I made sugar cookies and now this cake so I guess my answer would be yes....I love the smell in the kitchen from these spices.  The tea cart below has hinges which  secure little leaves on each side to form a tea table....very handy.












This teapot and dishes are the Old Country Rose Chintz and also the regular Old Country Rose Cups and Saucers. 
























If you have a post about tea - please link at the bottom here and join in the fun.  We are having a beautiful day and many people have commented that the colors of the aspens are wonderful this year.  I do think that those of us who garden will soon be missing our flowers.  



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nothing "witchy" please 
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23 comments:

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh wow, I wish I could have a piece of that yummy looking cake!! Your teacups and teapot are a dream as well. I'm also loving the recipe. Thank you for sharing and for hosting yet, another lovely party at, Friends Sharing Tea. Big hugs,
FABBY

Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Bernideen
The bouquet of crab apples in the red vase is quite striking and I like the idea of using your tea cart to set your tea things upon.
I have been cooking and baking more since it turned cooler and your cake looks like one to try. Yesterday I made soup for lunch and chilli for dinner.
Thanks for hosting.
Judith

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Bernideen,
I am always cooking and baking more this time of year. Last week I made pumpkin pie and over the weekend I made two more. I do love the spiciness that fills the house from backing them and of course, who could resist the pies?
Your cake looks yummy and I love your tea cart set in front of that gorgeous window. Have a lovely week.

Blessings,
Sandi

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh Bernideen, I am going to look for my Bundt pan and make this delicious looking cake. My BFF is visiting tomorrow for a few days, and what a delight it will be to server this lovely cake with tea. Thanks for the recipe.

Blessings to you,
Jocelyn @
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

ellen b. said...

Love that tea cart Bernideen. Yes I like to bake and smell the goodness fill the house...

Antiques And Teacups said...

Lovely Bernideen! I can spell the spice right now! I was looking for a cake to make, and this showery, blustery day is perfectly in tune with your fall decorations and the urge to bake something spicy. Thanks for the recipe. It looks wonderful! And your fall theme in your home is perfect!
Ruth

Sylvia said...

Copied the recipe Bernideen, it is just what I love. It would make a great desert for Thanksgiving. Love your post.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Hi Bernideen,
The cake looks delicious and I will be making it soon! Your tea cart is so pretty with all your beautiful tea china. Your room is so lovely and especially like the little lady lamp and lampshade and your coffee table. So many pretties to look at! Thank you for hosting today!
Nancy

Magnolia Cottage said...

Hi Bernideen,
Your chintz teacup & saucer and teapot is fabulous. Love the surroundings and tea cart. Your cake looks scrumptious. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Have a wonderful week.
Blessings,
Lisa

Beth said...

Your harvest cake looks and sounds delightful, Bernideen. Love the bouquet you made with crabapples too. When it's cool outside, I become more into baking (but today it was 77 degrees and I was outside almost all day long).

Rosemary and Thyme said...

What a lovely setting Bernideen. It looks so inviting and warm. And that cake looks delicious. I can't wait to try the recipe. Thank you for sharing.

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Lovely post Bernideen and I love the crabapples in the red vase. Every thing looks so pretty.
~Clara

Bella said...

Hi Bernideen,
What a lovely spot for tea, right by the window watching the leaves fall and eating yummy harvest cake! Mmmm, yes, baking is my favorite part of fall...
Hugs,
Bella

sewbee said...

Very Beautiful.Thanks for the direction on how to make this.I'll try making this.

Angela McRae said...

Yum! I can practically smell and taste the cake! And yes, I find myself baking more in the fall as well. I think that nip in the air gives me more energy too!

relevanttealeaf said...

BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL photos! I love your Old Country Roses Chintz! Thanks for hosting Friends Sharing Tea.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

What an absolutely stunning tea you have shared with us, Bernideen!

How I would LOVE to sit in that beautiful room and while away the hours chatting and sipping and nibbling - just to spend time with wonderful you in that gorgeous room.

Thank you for hosting!

Rizzi said...

HI BERNIDEEN,
I LOVE YOUR POST.....SO PRETTY AND THE CRAB APPLES MAKE EVERYTHING SO WARM......YOUR HARVEST CAKE LOOKS DELICIOUS....MUST GET BACK TO BAKING.
HAVE A LOVELY DAY, OUR WEATHER IS BRISK AND REALLY BEAUTIFUL....RIZZI

parTea lady said...

Your home is lovely - nice photos. The harvest cake sounds delicious.

Johanna said...

Hi Bernideen,
what a lovely room for tea time. How did you made this birdeye photo? I guess it was a bit dangerous. But is a great view. I love the Chintz pattern also. And the harvest cake looks delicious. Great idea to color the water in the vase. There are always so many inspirations on your blog. Thank your for sharing and for hosting this nice event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Marilyn said...

That cake sounds totally delicious!
Your room is so inviting. How I would love sitting there and sipping tea with you.

Donna Heber said...

Hi Bernideen,

I love your tea cart and thank you for sharing your cake with us and for hosting. Your home must have a wonderful fragrance of baked goods.

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Bernideen, this cake looks and sound delicious - your tabletop setting is so beautiful - love the bouquet! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy