“Spice Up the Holidays” Week 3: Pumpkin Roll Tiramisu and Party!

Such an enchanted evening! What more can a gal ask for than to be surrounded by her family and closest friends? Oh and a touch of rum too. I was so chuffed to be able to treat my guests, as a huge thank you to them for what they mean to me, to an evening filled with good food and drink. We sure did spice things up around here! What a joy to have my home bathed in candlelight and laughter.

Captain Morgan’s “Spice Up the Holidays” is this sweet little competition between 9 other food bloggers and myself to create three dishes all using Captain Morgan’s Original Spiced or Black Rums. The competition will be judged by the famous Spike Mendelsohn! The prizes are over the top generous but what I am going for is the $1000 for my charity, the Wounded Warrior Project. I put my heart and soul into cooking for those men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and for that I am eternally grateful.

Dessert. Let’s talk sweets. This dessert killed me. Period. The filling failed on me 11 times, well not this final recipe but all the other experimental ones before it. So here is what I did. I made this dessert right before my guests arrived totally winging it, never tasting it, and by that point I was ready to dip Twinkies in rum and call it a day. I hung in there, served this dessert with guarded confidence, waited to hear from my guests guinea pigs if it was OK, then try a piece myself. I did not get to my piece until after several of my guests went for seconds. They all loved it! Schwew. And double Schwew.  In fact my friends, all 21 who could attend loved all my Captain Morgan Rum recipes.

We went through three pitchers of my Sailor’s Delight Spritzer with some folks still sipping it well into the night.   One guest commented how the tea blend of the Rhum Arrangé added a wonderful smoothness to the rum. Others could not believe that the soak time was only a few days as to the usual months it can take when making a Rhum Arrangé, and loved the tea blend shortcut.  At one point we could not pour these fast enough!

Along with the pitchers of Sailor’s Delight, I provided a Hot Cocktail Bar to my guests where they could “Spike” away their Wassail and Glühwein, which is spiced hot wine.  Glühwein mit Schuss (with a shot) of rum is quite common in Germany and when I suggested to my friend Mark to try it, he was surprised at how warm he suddenly felt. Ha! Gotcha. Best thing ever that Glühwein mit Schuss.

Along with serving my RUMaki, I also set up my planks filled with meats, cheese, olives, pickles, crackers, bread and ginger snaps (which are wonderful with that Wensleydale with cranberries).  The RUMaki were a big hit and luckily I made enough because we went through the first tray rather quickly.

My main meal, after stuffing our faces with appetizers and cocktails, was Lasagna, Strawberry Spinach Salad with Pink Lady Poppy Seed Dressing, fresh pineapple and sliced baguettes.   Everyone asked if I had put rum in the Lasagna. No, but I did choose this recipe to specifically pair well with the rum, as it has fresh nutmeg in the Bechamel Sauce, and orange zest in the Marinara Sauce along with other great flavors like fresh basil, red pepper flakes, and loads of garlic.  Here is what 4 pounds of hand-cranked fresh lasagna noodles looks like…

Life is grand because all these people are in my life…

When entertaining, never forget your outside spaces. Along my front walk I hung from shepherd’s hooks 4 ounce mason jars filled with battery operated votives, and in the back we had s’mores and a fire ready to go if anyone wanted. While I think some of the men sipped their cocktails outside by the fire talking all things manly, my dessert prevented any s’mores from being harmed in the night. And here are the late-nighters as we wound down the evening well past midnight, sipping Glühwein mit Schuss, finishing up the last gulps of Sailor’s Delight, all the while proclaiming…

“This is the Life!”

Week 1: “Spice Up the Holidays” with Captain Morgan– Introductions. Thank you everyone who shared their best Entertaining Tips.
Week 2, Part 1: Sailor’s Delight Spritzer with Rhum Arrangé– A light and fruity Spritzer with a nice zing of spice.
Week 2: Part 2: Rumaki with Captain Morgan’s Black Rum and Reader’s Entertaining Tips

"Spice Up the Holidays" Week 3: Pumpkin Roll Tiramisu
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 26
Notes of Captain Morgan's Black Rum and espresso grace this rich and creamy pumpkin roll.
  • For the Pumpkin Cake Roll:
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅔ cup pure pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tblsp. Captain Morgan's Black Rum
  • ½ tsp. instant espresso powder
  • Powdered sugar
  • *****
  • For the Cream Filling:
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 pkt. Dr. Oetker Whip It cream stabilizer found in the baking isle
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tblsp. Captain Morgan's Black Rum
  • 8 ounces Mascarpone Cheese, room temp
  1. For the Cake:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Place eggs and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer and beat on med-high for 5 minutes. Add pumpkin, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and flour and beat on low for another 30 seconds until batter is well blended.
  4. Line the bottom of two 9x13 inch jellyroll pans with parchment and spray edges lightly with PAM.
  5. Divide and spread the batter evenly between both pans, about 1⅔ cup batter per pan.
  6. Place the pans on the middle rack and bake for 7 minutes turning the pan once during the baking process.
  7. Line 2 wire racks with two lengths of paper towels and sprinkle the towels with powdered sugar to prevent the cakes from sticking.
  8. Run a knife around each cake and gently flip each onto its own paper towel.
  9. Gently peel off the parchment paper.
  10. Lengthwise so that the rolls are longer than short, roll the cakes up in the paper towels to cool completely. Meanwhile make the cream...
  11. For the Cream Filling:
  12. In a cold bowl whip the cream, stabilizer, sugar, and rum until stiff peaks form.
  13. On low speed whip in the Mascarpone until incorporated. Set aside.
  14. Assemble the Cakes
  15. Gently unroll the cakes and mix together the 3 tablespoons of rum with the ½ tsp instant espresso powder and brush evenly over both cakes.
  16. Divide the cream mixture evenly and spread to the edges of each cake. Re-roll cream filled cakes and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Refrigerate until ready to serve or wrap tightly in plastic wrap and freeze up to one month. Slice into 1 inch slices to serve.

I have been compensted for this series of “Spice Up the Holiday” posts.  All opinions, recipes, photos, and friends are mine. Here is my Captain Morgan Pinterest Board.

Come back next week to see whose charity wins, because that’s really who wins in the first place, right? This time of year, don’t forget to dig in deep and give to your favorite charity, every tiny bit makes a difference.


  1. Posted December 7, 2012 at 3:03 PM | Permalink

    That pumpkin roll looked fabulous and so did your party! I’m a big fan of the cheese and salume!

  2. Coconut
    Posted December 7, 2012 at 9:59 PM | Permalink

    What a fantastic party, and it looks as if everyone had a very fine time.

    Here is a dRUM roll ;-P, and cheers to your winning the contest. 😀

  3. Bobi benton
    Posted December 8, 2012 at 9:17 AM | Permalink

    Robin, my daughter could not wait to attend your party and I could not wait to see your blogs and will always be entering into your space for ideas. I commend you for entering the blogging world (well life in general) with such gusto. May all your Holidays be bright. You are a WINNER.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted December 8, 2012 at 9:33 AM | Permalink

      Thank you Bobi! You raised one amazing gal- we all love her! God is so good!

  4. Sophia
    Posted December 8, 2012 at 12:23 PM | Permalink

    What a wonderful party you threw. You are a fabulous hostess and your menu and recipes look just perfect. This is impressive and particularly so on such short notice.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted December 8, 2012 at 1:19 PM | Permalink

      Thank you Sophia, I enjoyed every minute of it, and could not have pulled it off if it weren’t for the help of my entire family!

  5. Posted December 8, 2012 at 4:01 PM | Permalink

    they were talking about gluhwein on ‘the office’ this week and now i’m seeing it everywhere!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted December 8, 2012 at 4:03 PM | Permalink

      You must try it Grace, especially with a shot of rum. It’ll put hair on your chest;-)

  6. Posted December 9, 2012 at 8:08 AM | Permalink

    What an amazing night! I just walked away thinking “How does she do all that”. I’m all happy when I can put a lunch together for my kids these days – and you are putting on those kind of parties…While leaving for out of town the next day? You overachiever you!!! I was mighty happy we were included in your “Overachiever-ness”!!! This IS the life……for us!!!! Thank you friend!!!

    • Robin Sue
      Posted December 9, 2012 at 11:46 AM | Permalink

      I could not have done it without the kiddos and Himself! Oh don’t forget I greeted you at the door in a t-shirt, jeans, and no makeup;-) Thanks for slicing the bread while I could get all dolled up! See you soon.

  7. Jody
    Posted December 12, 2012 at 7:58 AM | Permalink

    OMG – I have a love hate relationship with these latest posts…YUMMO – and Capt’n Morgans is my fave of all time, BUT i recently gave up drinking so it has been a challenge to see, read and not DIVE IN!!! LOL – I’ve not given in to temptation YET…

    Love your blog and I am a new cross-fitter so double good to check in here and read.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted December 12, 2012 at 8:36 AM | Permalink

      WooHoo! Hello fellow CrossFitter!

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