Fall Dinner Party Menu+ Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting

Hello, Friends! I’d love to know if any of my readers are planning to host a Fall Dinner Party? Today I’m sharing a delicious fall menu, plus a Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting.

Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting

We are still entertaining outdoors, which I really love this time of year in the Rogue Valley. The colors are not quite there yet, as in vibrant like they were last year.

But for sure fall is the perfect season to host an outdoor party, with crisp air, but not so uncomfortable that your guests are sweating or freezing.

Fall Dinner Party and Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting

Make your own flower arrangement.

We recently had friends over and I challenged myself at the Farmer’s Market to not buy any flowers. Surely we had something blooming in our yard that would have an autumn tint, that would be pretty for the table.

I walked through the yard and was happy to see our sedum blooming, with a hint of burgundy, pink, and light greens.

Fall Dinner Party and Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting

It was easy to snip the branches and place in Mason jars.

Line the center of the table.

Set the table.

Use a white linen tablecloth.

Pull out MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check chargers and Aurora pattern salad dishes.

Fall Dinner Party and Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting

Of course, there’s always an element of “Dollar Store bargains” on my table, which were indeed the black plates.

Black cloth napkins.

Fall Dinner Party and Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting

My friend, Jenny, helped me set the table.

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Enjoying delicious appetizers, which, by the way, this Pepper Relish Cream Cheese Dip recipe was completely devoured.

Pepper Relish and Cream Cheese Dip Recipe

And ending the evening with this pumpkin cake!

Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting

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Fall Dinner Party Menu.

Pepper Relish Cream Cheese Dip Recipe {Harry & David}
Grilled Steak {Wears Many Hats}
Green Salad with Bacon Dressing {without the chicken}
Grilled Spaghetti Squash
Crunchy Bread

Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting

And this fabulous dessert: Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting

What’s your favorite way to host a party in the fall time?

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Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting

Yield: 8

Prep Time: 15 min prep + 30 min cooling

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

You can mix all of the nuts in the cake or leave 1/4 cup out for garnishing.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 can 15 oz. pumpkin (I buy Trader Joe’s organic)
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. maple extract

Directions:

  1. Heat the oven to 350. Coat an 8x8 baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place nuts on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or in the microwave (on paper towel) for about 2 minutes, turning occasionally. Cook the nuts; chop and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the sugars, butter, eggs and vanilla. Add in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
  4. Mix in the pumpkin, stirring well until combined. Add the chopped nuts.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for about 30 minutes and frost.
  6. For the frosting, with a mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth, adding in the powdered sugar, maple syrup, and extract. Beat until completely smooth.
  7. Frost the cake and top with extra nuts if you prefer; serve.

Fall Dinner Party Menu+ Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting Fall Dinner Party Menu+ Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting

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