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Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake from Sugary & Buttery

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Hummingbird cake is a traditional Southern dessert that goes back to the late 1970s.  The origins of the recipe are murky but lore has it that the first recorded version of the recipe appeared in Southern Living magazine in 1978.  Since then, the cake  has taken a life of its own and become part of the Southern dessert repertoire.  So when Melina of Sugary & Buttery presented us with a pumpkin version of this beloved recipe, we couldn’t wait to share!  We love seeing how traditions can be updated and this Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake is the perfect example!

Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake

Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake with Maple Buttercream


For the Cake:
Unsalted butter, for greasing
2.5 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup pecan pieces
1/2 can of pumpkin puree
1/2 cup crushed pineapple (about half a can), drained
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup canola oil

For the maple buttercream frosting:
6 sticks butter, room temperature
1 package cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup


Make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 6-inch round cake pans and dust with flour.  Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and bake until fragrant and toasted, about 8 minutes. Let cool slightly, then roughly chop. Add the pumpkin puree and the crushed pineapple and mix well.

– Whisk the flour, the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Beat the eggs and granulated sugar in a separate bowl with a mixer on high speed until thick and light, 5 minutes. Gradually beat in the vegetable oil.  Sprinkle the flour mixture over the egg mixture, then gently fold to make a thick batter. Fold in the pecan-fruit mixture, then transfer the batter to the prepared pans.

– Bake until the cakes are firm and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Cool in the pans on a rack and then invert the cakes onto the rack to cool completely.

Make the buttercream: Beat the butter in your electric mixer on medium high speed for about 5 minutes. Add the maple syrup and keep whisking. Scrape down sides if necessary. Add the cream cheese and the powdered sugar and keep beating for at least 5 minutes, or until buttercream has desired consistency.

– Once the cakes are cooled down completely (preferably over night), cut the tops off and cut each cake in 2 layers. Assemble and frost the cake and decorate with chopped pecans, if desired.


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Looking for something specific?  Flip through our recipe archives for additional inspiration for your Thanksgiving dinner!

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Host A Moscow Mule Party

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We love Christy from Colonial House of Flowers! After the amazing and inspiring curb appeal story she created for us last month, we knew we had to invite her back to share more of her pin-worthy ideas. Christy didn’t disappoint creating a beautiful Moscow Mule Bar, perfect for Fall dinner parties with the help of her partners in design, Lavin Label and The Vine Garden Market. Here are some simple tips for recreating this lush look.


Tip 1: Use the same color fresh flowers on tables.

It’s easy to get arrangements that are all the same color right. Cut and put seasonal earth tone millets, Queen Anne’s lace and local greens in a creative container like this Carolina Vase or Mood Moss in a found dough bowl for a look that’s effortless and stunning.  Add them loosely for a natural look.


Tip 2: Add candles and found greenery for elegance.

Rather than traditional Fall foliage try fresh trimmed succulents and air plants. It doesn’t get more beautiful (or easy) than that. Plus when it comes to setting the mood, you can’t beat the immediate impact of flickering lantern light like the Wyeth Recycled Glass Lanterns. Put fresh clipped kernels and tons of candles everywhere!


Tip 3: Tray of drinks.

Easiest way to impromptu conversation? You know, we like to mingle. The Fretwork Rim Mirror Tray full of a signature cocktail that guests make themselves invites just that! Scratch the paper and used hand lettered signs in seasonal fruit like apples or limes to add savoir faire.


Monica’s Moscow Mule

Step 1: Combine 2 oz of Ketel One Vodka and 1 oz of Fresh Lime Juice and pour into Moscow Mule Copper Mug over Ice


Step 2: Top with Ginger Beer and garnish with Mint


Step 3: Enjoy!

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Photography: Kelli Boyd Photography


How To Make Adult Butterbeer

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If you have no idea what butterbeer is, don’t worry because we had to ask Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha for explanation too.  When she proposed the recipe, all of us in the office envisioned a drink only Homer Simpson could love, but we were quickly informed that the drink is actually based on another fictional man-child favorite, Harry Potter.  While traditionally nonalcoholic, Mandy created an “adult” version for us that will soon have you toasting your fellow muggles.  Click here to get this Hogswarts worthy brew recipe.

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Halloween isn’t just for Kids!

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One of our favorite parts about Halloween, aside from the tasty treats, is sipping on a festive cocktail as we prepare our costumes for the night.  This year you’ll find us indulging in these Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolates made with Don Julio Tequila and the spices of the season.

We love how Mandy Kellogg Rye from Waiting on Martha has added some black magic to the cocktail with Ancho Chili Powder and Cayenne Pepper to give it a spicy kick and a bold devilish taste! Click here see what else makes this spooka-licious drink extraordinary.

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How to make a Gin Punch

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It’s time to break out your punch bowl and mix up one of our favorite festive drinks crafted by Mandy Kellogg Rye from Waiting on Martha! If you’re hosting this year’s holiday party, the Ginny Gin Gin Punch will be the perfect signature drink, made with Tanqueray and Oleo Saccharum. Wait, what’s Oleo Saccharum?  Click HERE to find out and get this delicious recipe that’s beloved by all—even those who claim to not like gin-based drinks! Waiting on Martha Ginny Gin Gin RecipeWaiting on Martha Ginny Gin Gin Recipe

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Cheers to the Perfect Fall Cocktail

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Apple season is here and we couldn’t be more thrilled! We are welcoming autumn with a series of deliciously good  cocktail recipes, crafted by Mandy Kellogg Rye from Waiting on Martha. First up is this crisp Rummy Spiced Cider made with Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum. It’s filled with our favorite flavors of fall and can be served both hot or cold. Click here for the ingredients and instructions for crafting this festive drink. (And don’t forget, this is the first of many seasonal recipes to come!)

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Liven Up your Halloween Bash with this Blackberry Smash

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TGIH – Thank Goodness It’s Happy Hour friends! This week we’re continuing our Friday Cocktail Series with a full-of-flavor Blackberry Smash crafted by Eden Passante from Sugar and Charm. Served in our Library Glassware, this refreshing sip is just too good to wait until Halloween to serve. We’re planning on whipping up a few this weekend – no skull accessories required, but they sure are fun!


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RECIPE: Blackberry Smash

For the blackberry simple syrup:

1 C water
1 C sugar
1 C blackberries

Put all ingredients over medium high heat until the blackberries start to burst and the mixture thickens. Remove from heat to cool. Makes 11 oz of simple syrup

1 1/4 ounce gin
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce blackberry simple syrup
crushed ice

Pack a rocks glass with crushed ice. In a shaker, mix the Gin, lemon juice and blackberry simple syrup together. Shake, pour over the crushed ice and finish with a drizzle of blackberry simple syrup on top.

For the rest of the cocktails featured in this scary good bar scene, click HERE! For Eden’s tips & tricks for throwing the ultimate Halloween party click HERE.

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A Frighteningly Good Cocktail Recipe for Halloween

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The countdown to Halloween is officially on! Do you know what you’re going to be yet? To get you in the mood for the spooky season, we asked Eden from the ever-lovely blog Sugar and Charm to share some of her favorite Halloween cocktail recipes. Her creations are sure to be a hit at any haunted fete you throw this season. Especially when served from a Halloween bar that looks so frighteningly good!!

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Coffin cheese – Halloween genius!!

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RECIPE: Blueberry Lavender Martini

For the blueberry lavender simple syrup:

1 C water
1 C suger
2 T fresh lavender
1 C blueberries

Put all ingredients over medium high heat until the blueberries start to burst and the mixture thickens. Remove from heat to cool. Makes 11 oz of simple syrup

For the martini:

2 oz vodka
2 oz simple syrup
Lavender bitters
Crushed Ice

Mix 2 oz vodka and 2 oz simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a martini glass. Add lavender bitters and spring of fresh lavender to finish.

IMG_2811RECIPE: Skull Shot

1 1/2 oz of coffee vodka
1 oz bailey’s
1/2 oz espresso

Pour the coffee vodka into a shot glass. Slowly pour the bailey’s on top so it separates from the vodka. Drip in the espresso on top to create the marbled look.

Makes 1 shot.

Want to replicate this killer party?? Click HERE to get style tips and party ideas from Sugar and Charm! Happy Haunting!!

3 Simple and Delicious Fall Cocktail Recipes

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Throughout the month of October select Pottery Barn stores will be hosting mixology 101 sessions with sisters Jordan Catapano and Jocelyn Dunn Muhlbach from This Girl Walks Into A Bar. The duo recently published their new cocktail book, Cocktails for Cougars and Cowgirls!  Jordan and Jocelyn will be sharing their impressive mixology skills and easy to make recipes to serve at your upcoming seasonal parties!

To give you a “sip” of their creativity, we sat down with the two sisters and asked a few questions to get you ready for your next event.

November Dream MartiniClick here for the recipe to this November Dream Martini served in our PB Classic Barware.

Why did you select the title Cougars & Cowgirls for your newest cocktail recipe book?

There is no “type” of woman that wants to make great cocktails and entertain successfully at home. There are twenty-one years olds and sixty-one year olds, executives and stay-at-home moms, mixology novices and spirit experts who have helped us to shape our own identity as a brand.

What is your favorite fall ingredient that you like to include in your cocktails?

We’re a little crazy about cinnamon and orange zest, and love to incorporate these two ingredients whenever we can. Whether it’s bourbon, vodka, or tequila, these two small and flavorful additions always bring something new to the mix.

Mulled Wine Recipe

Click here for their Mulled Wine Recipe served in our Colorful Café Glassware.

What inspires you and influences your work?

We are craving cocktails with brown spirits such as bourbon, whiskey, anejo, scotch, mezcal, etc. Seasonal fruits and herbs also play a big part in our approach to a drink. Our goal is always to present recipes that someone can make at home without much hassle.

What is your signature cocktail that you have created? 

It’s hard to chose a favorite, but The First Lady is definitely in the top ten. The combination of a little gin, limoncello, blueberry simple syrup and lemon juice in a flute filled with Brut is so delicious. Because of all the bubbly, it looks like a delicate drink but it’s actually quite complex and according to some, on the strong side.

Afternoon Delight

Click here for their Afternoon Delight recipe made in our Pumpkin Drink Dispenser and served in our Pumpkin Glassware.

Do you have any advice for future mixologists?

Be adventurous! If you get a crazy idea for a drink, try it out. When it comes to mixology, it’s more about balance and less about what “should” go into a cocktail. And remember that your drink doesn’t need a lot of ingredients or even adjectives (forget the organically infused, barrel-aged tequila) to taste amazing. Sometimes less is more.

Click here to find out more about these amazing mixologists.

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Sweet Paul’s Top 10 Fall Recipes

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In need of some new dishes to add to your fall repertoire this week? Take a page out of our Designer Spotlight Sweet Paul’s magazine — these 10 delicious fall recipes will have your guests (and your family!) asking for thirds in no time. Thanksgiving Turkey

1. My Turkey Recipe: Perfectly simple for Thanksgiving beginners.

Salted Caramel Cake

2. Salted Caramel Chocolate Layer Cake: A decadent flourish to end any meal! (Hey, bikini season is over — right?)

Sweet Potato Latkes

3. Sweet Potato Latkes: A luscious but light fall meal — pair with a fresh, green salad!

Marzipan Apples

4. Marzipan Baked Apples: We love this sophisticated, earthy take on a classic baked apple dessert.

Braised Beef Short Ribs

5. Braised Short Ribs: Slow cooked and rich in seasoning — this is the ultimate fall entrée.


6. Apple Beignets with Caramel Sauce: Honestly, who can say no to mini doughnuts?

Espresso Maple Bacon

7. Espresso Maple Lacquered Bacon: Need we say more? This could top everything from pancakes to pork roast.

Pumpkin Bruschetta

8. Pumpkin Bruschetta: A very autumn-twist on one of our favorite summer appetizers.

Mushroom and Sage Tart

9. Mushroom Tart with Sage & Asiago: We love this rustic tart for an easy fall dinner — just buy puff pastry from your local grocery store!

Cauliflower Soup

10. Roasted Cauliflower Soup: Take a break from heavy fall stews and treat yourself to this refreshing roasted and blended cauliflower soup this autumn.

See more of Sweet Paul’s recipes here, check out our Q&A with him here, and take a peek at our special feature with him on, too.