It’s that time of year when all things turn pumpkin spice – lattes, teas, cookies, ice cream, cereals, bagels, English muffins and more. If the spice can be added, it is! And who am I to disagree, nothing feels more like home than the scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.

With this in mind, I thought I would bring you a wonderful recipe from my cookbook, A Celebration of Cooking. It’s the perfect autumn treat; truly impressive and one that all your guests are sure to enjoy. Keep in mind that this recipe will need to be made a day ahead of time.

Pumpkin Dobash Cake

2 boxes of Pillsbury chocolate cake mix

1 TBS. vanilla

6 eggs

½ cup oil

2 ½ cups water

8–9 inch round cake pans

Whipped topping for icing

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour the 8 cake pans. Line bottoms with waxed paper.

Pour cake mixes into mixing bowl. Add eggs, oil, water, and vanilla. Spread 1 cup of batter in each of the 8 prepared pans. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 minutes. Invert pans on wire rack and cool. (Leftover batter may be used for cupcakes.)

Pumpkin Mousse:

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

1-3/4 oz. pkg. instant vanilla pudding

¼ cup milk

1-16 oz. can pumpkin

¾ cup powdered sugar

1 ½ tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. ground nutmeg

¼ tsp. ground ginger

¼ tsp. ground cloves

2 ½ cups whipped topping

Whipped topping for garnish

Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar, pudding, milk and pumpkin until well blended. Add in spices. Fold in whipped topping.

Cake Assembly and Garnish:

Place on cake layer on serving plate. Spread evenly with scant ½ cup of pumpkin mousse. Repeat cake and mousse layers 7 more times. Top with final layer of pumpkin mousse and garnish sides of cake with whipped topping. Refrigerate overnight before serving.

Yield: 16 servings

Enjoy this beautiful and colorful time of year. If you will be taking a road trip, please enjoy my being interviewed by Mich Hancock on the MichMash podcast – we talk about my favorite subjects – food and family. As always, remember that Dreams Really Do Come True!

All my love –

Mary