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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!

Photography: Sugary & Buttery

Celebrating Friendsgiving with HonestlyYUM

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Thanksgiving is officially one week from today and it seems that everyone we know is immersed in last minute travel details or the frantic scramble to accommodate visiting family.  However, what about those who aren’t going to spending time with their family over the holiday?  For most, the Thanksgiving weekend is filled with the family they made; the friends and loved ones who will gather over the long weekend to support, celebrate and embrace the new traditions they have created together.  This annual gathering of friends to celebrate Thanksgiving even now has a name, Friendsgiving – which we love!  We loved it so much that we teamed up with HonestlyYUM to help plan out the perfect Friendsgiving.

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And remember that we want to hear how you are celebrating the holidays!  Be sure to upload your favorite holiday moments to Instagram, tag @potterybarn and include the hashtag #behometogether for your chance to win a $2500 shopping spree!  Click here for complete rules and eligibility.

Photo Credit: Ivan Solis

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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Waiting on Martha Cocktail

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Our Top 10 Reasons You Should Plan Your Next Party With Soiree: Entertaining With Style

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Preeminent hostess and tastemaker Danielle Rollins is the latest entertaining expert to visit Pottery Barn HQ: She’ll be here tomorrow for a Facebook chat at 10am PT to answer all of your questions about planning the perfect celebration! In honor of her visit, we’re giving away five copies of her fantastic new book Soiree: Entertaining with Style.

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Want to know why we think you’ll love this book? Check out our top 10 reasons below, and then enter for a chance to win one of five copies of her book.

  • Veranda calls Danielle Rollins a “genuine expert—a natural-born entertainer.” You’ll see what the magazine means when you explore the elegant, gorgeous parties in her book.
  • Danielle shares parties and resources for pulling off both intimate and incredibly grand parties.
  • You’ll get a peek at parties featuring tastemakers like Oscar de la Renta and Lela Rose — how fun is that?
  • Prosecco with popsicles: need we say more?
  • One great tip from Danielle: make sure to test your cocktails before the party. We agree wholeheartedly.

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  • The recipes look exquisite. Radish, goat cheese and preserved lemon canapés anyone? 
  • The florals alone are reason enough to spend hours with this beautiful coffee table book. The pink hydrangeas in the party for Emily Giffin are totally swoon-worthy.
  • One party is set in Danielle’s Indian fabric-tented theater room. The pictures and style of this party are absolutely divine.
  • Danielle emphasizes guests’ comfort in each of her parties, and shows you how to accommodate that need with style and elegance.
  • Looking for inspiration for place cards, table settings, florals and invitations? Danielle Rollins has you covered!

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To enter for a chance to win one of five copies of Soiree: Entertaining with Style by Danielle Rollins, simply fill out the form below. (Official rules can be found here.) Good luck, and happy entertaining!

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