Yes, it's pumpkin time around here. Last week was sour cream pumpkin bread.
This week's recipe is a takeoff on Paula Deen's "Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake" (which is known in some parts as a "dump cake" or "ooey-gooey cake.") I tried this recipe on for size last year around this time. I recommend using a spice cake instead of the yellow cake mix listed to give it a more authentic "pumpkin pie" flavor.
On PD's website, a round cheesecake-looking dessert is shown as the final result of the recipe, but her directions (and dump cake protocol) call for a 9x13 pan. However, it would make for a more sophisticated presentation to make it in the round. If you have a large (10-inch or larger) springform pan, go ahead and give it a whirl. It's not like you were going to use that pan for anything else this week, right?
One word of caution: this is a very rich and sweet dessert, so I strongly recommend cutting it into small slivers (if you use said springform pan) or petite 2-inch squares from a rectangle. Your guests can always have seconds if they are so inclined.
(Note: To pie purists, this is not in the same league as traditional pumpkin pie, but if you're serving a crowd, it could do in a pinch, especially with good whipped cream on top.)
Spicy Pumpkin Ooey-Gooey Cake
1 18 1/4-ounce package
1/2 cup butter, melted (don't substitute margarine)
1 15-ounce can of pumpkin
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
8 tablespoons butter, melted
1 16-ounce box powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
To make the filling: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and pumpkin until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla, and butter, and beat together. Next, add the powdered sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and mix well. Spread pumpkin mixture over cake batter and bake for 40 to 50 minutes. Make sure not to overbake as the center should be a little gooey. Serve with fresh whipped cream.
P.S. Up next week is...you guessed it, another pumpkin recipe. Hope you like 'em. If not, I am betting I'll give you so many ways to fix pumpkin, you'll have to like one of them. We'll continue exploring this pumpkin patch as the countdown to Thanksgiving continues.