Recipe: Pumpkin Marshmallow Sheet Cake

One more pumpkin recipe before Thanksgiving is over and I pack up my cans of pumpkin and push my pumpkin pie spice to the back of my spice drawer. This year we're celebrating Thanksgiving with both families, which means 2x the mashed potatoes, 2x the sweet potatoes, and 2x the pumpkin pie. Basically 2x all of my favorite things, plus time to relax and be with family, and I'm hyped about it.

I know Thanksgiving is usually a pie holiday, but this cake is simple and feeds a crowd. Plus gives you are the pumpkin spice-ness that's important for the holidays. Let's get to it. 

Pumpkin Marshmallow Sheet Cake

Yields 15-20 pieces

3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
about 70 large marshmallows (almost 2 bags)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a 13x9" baking pan with butter. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper and then butter on top.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat together butter and sugar until fluffy and pale yellow, at least 5 minutes. Add in eggs, one at a time, until combined. Add in pumpkin and mix. 

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice to combine and break up any clumps. Add dry ingredients to the butter and eggs in three parts, alternating between the buttermilk and vanilla. Mix until just combined. Do not over mix. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan and even out with a rubber spatula. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place your marshmallows on top of the cooled cake. Place in the oven for 5-10 minutes, or until the marshmallows have melted into any gaps in the topping and the tops are lightly browned. Serve immediately while the top is still warm. 

Recipes Ideas for the Holidays

It's almost here! Thanksgiving is only a handful of days away!

Maybe you need to bring something for Thanksgiving. Maybe you have a Friendsgiving or a holiday party in the near future. Maybe you're hosting friends or family and need a little something special. I've got you covered! Here's a handful of recipes that are sure to impress.

Let's start with the best part: Dessert!

Above: Very simple Apple Galette. Easier to throw together than a standard pie, just as good.

Pumpkin Creme Brûlée: Way easier than they sound. For when you want to have all the pumpkin vibes, but don't want to bake a pie.

Apple Cranberry Pie: Pouring a caramely sugar mixture over the top of the lattice crust gives this pie a crispier top and caramelized flavor.  

Apple Crisp: Easy to throw together and feeds a crowd. Also, great reheated for breakfast the next day.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes: For the people that need to have chocolate at every event. This is a classic combination that most people will love.

Pumpkin Tart with Gingersnap Crust: Something different for the pumpkin pie loves (a.k.a. me). Everything you want in a pumpkin pie with a thick, gingersnap crust.

Applesauce Cupcakes: One of my favorite cakes growing up. Similar to a carrot cake with the carrot. Moist and covered in cream cheese frosting. Yum.

Apple Crumb Pie: A classic with a crumbly topping instead of a top crust.

Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes: For the ice cream lover. Throw that pie into a blender with some ice cream and drink up!

Let's move on to Appetizers.

Baked Brie: Served with slices of green apple and crackers, this baked brie is addicting. Though it is best served warmed and melty, it's really a crowd pleaser. 

Pear and Goat Cheese Tart: If you like goat cheese, this tart is perfect. A mix of creamy goat cheese and sweet pears, topped with chopped thyme and honey, and sprinkled with a little black pepper to cut the sweetness.

Pumpkin Pie Dip: A sweet treat before dinner. Pumpkin and cool whip and dipped with gingersnaps. 

Pear and Brie Tart with Cranberries: Similar to the Pear and Goat Cheese Tart, this puff pastry-based tart has pears, brie, and dried cranberries mixed in. Best served warmed.

Need a Cocktail?

How about something with Apple Cider? Maybe an Apple Cider Margarita, Apple Cider Moscow Mule, or a SNAP and Cider Cocktail (above). Looking for something else? Maybe a simple Cranberry Fizz or a Grapefruit & Rosemary Gin Cocktail!