Thanksgiving Bûche de Merci

Why not a Thankful Log for Thanksgiving? I came up with this idea last year as I was making my pumpkin rolls. I knew the children would out-number the adults, so I wanted a dessert that would make them feel special and would still be enjoyed by mature palates. I cut a one inch slice off the end of the pumpkin roll, placed it on top as you would a Bûche de Noël or Yule Log and decorated the roll with mushrooms. The mushrooms were made simply by pushing the end of a toothpick through a mini marshmallow then through the bottom of a Hershey Kiss. Sprinkled with powdered sugar. Cute. And Done.

Pumpkin Cake Roll
3 eggs
1 C. sugar

Beat for 5 minutes then add:
2/3 C. pumpkin
1 t. baking soda
1 t. cinnamon
3/4 C. flour

Grease and flour a standard jelly roll pan. Mix batter together, pour in pan. Bake 15 minutes a 375°. Take out of oven and remove from pan. Put on towel that has been sprinkled with powdered sugar. Roll up in towel. Beat until creamy:
8 oz. Cream cheese
4 T. butter
1 C. powdered sugar
1/2 t. vanilla

When cake is cooled, unroll and spread with filling. Re-roll. Refrigerate or may be frozen. When ready to serve sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes one roll that serves about 10.

More Thanksgiving Day Recipes:
Cream of Peanut Soup


  1. Alanna Kellogg
    Posted November 8, 2010 at 7:45 AM | Permalink

    Love this idea!

  2. oneordinaryday
    Posted November 8, 2010 at 8:45 AM | Permalink

    What a great idea, Robin. This dessert would definitely dress up the kids' table!

  3. Greg and Donna
    Posted November 8, 2010 at 10:00 AM | Permalink

    Great idea! Love the Candy Corn kisses!

  4. Denise in PA
    Posted November 8, 2010 at 11:22 AM | Permalink

    I just made a pumpkin roll for a baby shower yesterday and it was devoured! This is my third year making these awesome rolls (so easy and SO good!) from you when posted about the assembly-line pumpkin roll making day for the bake sale. Thank you for this great recipe!

  5. High Plains Drifters
    Posted November 8, 2010 at 11:54 AM | Permalink

    can't do too much with pumpkin this time of the year, for my money!!

  6. Natasha @ Saved by the Egg Timer
    Posted November 8, 2010 at 1:14 PM | Permalink

    I love this idea, love the cute "mush-beams", my family would get a kick out of those!

  7. the country cook
    Posted November 8, 2010 at 2:31 PM | Permalink

    That is gorgeous! I love your little mushrooms. 🙂 I'm one of the hosts for a blog party called This Week's Craving…this week's craving is Thanksgiving Treats and Sweets. You should definitely link this up! It's brilliant! –

  8. Biz
    Posted November 8, 2010 at 4:59 PM | Permalink

    My husband and I just discovered its only going to be us for Thanksgiving! His family and my family are all going somewhere else!

    I still have a feeling that he'll want a 20 pound turkey though!

    Hope you had a great weekend!

  9. Lori
    Posted November 8, 2010 at 9:28 PM | Permalink

    Hey sounds like a mighty fine idea to me.

    Posted November 8, 2010 at 10:29 PM | Permalink

    Thanks a million for linking up to This Week's Cravings!

  11. crustabakes
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 10:25 AM | Permalink

    What a cute idea! thanksgiving log. i love it!

  12. Karen
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 12:15 PM | Permalink

    Very cute!

  13. April@The 21st Century Housewife
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 12:17 PM | Permalink

    This looks beautiful, and it really is a great idea! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  14. Kristen
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 1:28 PM | Permalink

    Beautiful and tasty! What a clever idea!

    I am one of the This Week's Cravings hosts – thanks for joining us!

  15. Lewis
    Posted November 9, 2010 at 9:30 PM | Permalink

    Love the idea.. love it.. My wife uses pumpkin during this time of the year a whole lot. The other day she made me a pumpkin green monster smoothie ( It was amazing.. Have a great night

  16. Ingrid
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 12:09 AM | Permalink

    This reminds me I've been meaning to make your red velvet rolls for FOREVER!

  17. Mimi
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 5:41 PM | Permalink

    Cute and festive idea.

  18. Lady Katherine
    Posted November 12, 2010 at 12:09 PM | Permalink

    Simply Love it! What a wonderful idea! Love to have a piece now!

  19. grace
    Posted November 13, 2010 at 6:22 AM | Permalink

    cake-roll-making is definitely an art, and you did a fantastic job! i love the name, too–very proper. 🙂

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