Both recipes turned out awesome; so awesome in fact that we ate the bundt cake before I even got a picture of it! Guess since I’m still new to blogging I haven’t yet gotten into the habit of photographing everything ;).
So, even though I don’t have a pic of my bundt cake, it turned out super yummy, very moist and light. I definitely recommend trying it out.
The pumpkin roll I did take pictures of, because the process of making a roll is more involved than making a bundt cake. This one also turned out really yummy, but mine wasn’t quite as pretty as the gal’s I got the recipe from. Here’s mine:
I will also take a moment here to admit that I am something of a pumpkin purist. Growing up, my mom always mashed up our Halloween pumpkins and turned them into glorious Thanksgiving pies. I have always been able to taste the difference between a dessert that uses fresh pumpkin and canned pumpkin, and I always prefer the fresh. So, every year I cook and mash up my Halloween pumpkins and turn it into my own glorious pies and breads and cookies.
If you’ve never cooked with fresh pumpkin, I recommend it! Try it and see what a great difference it makes! Ok, done with my pumpkin preaching. For your pleasure, here is a pic of my pumpkin mash, ready to be divvied up and frozen:
And roll it up:
Easy as that. You let it completely cool before unrolling it. Here’s where I had some trouble. When I’ve made rolls before, I’ve rolled them up in parchment or wax paper, but the directions for this roll used a towel so I thought I’d try that out. I didn’t have much luck:
Yep, that’s a nice layer of my roll left behind on the towel. Maybe I didn’t flour it enough, or maybe I should have sprayed it with oil as well. If you try this yourself, make sure to really flour it up. I think if I do this again I may just use the parchment paper like I’ve done before; I always get fine results with that.
When I unrolled it I got a hole or two, but I just kind of mushed it together and it held fine. Then you just slather on that yummy cream cheese filling and roll it back up. Refrigerate for a while and it’s ready to eat!
Mine doesn’t have a nice glossy top since it left it on the towel, but really, who cares how pretty it is when it tastes so yummy!
Hope you try it out yourself!