Actually, having QUITE a bit of shame, but working through it! ;)
In spite of my Cooking Light cake looking horrible in this picture, I'm sharing a pic of it ( with my sister opening her bday present from us in the background ) and in spite of going up 2 pounds in one meal ( a very tasty meal- my sister and her dh are gourmet chefs :) ), I'm still checking in.
Anyway, in defence of the cake, it tasted really good. The frosting is really tasty: light cream cheese, icing sugar and fresh oj, but it made the cake super slide-y. I put it in a too large tote- the flip side of the cupcake base, so on our trip to Toronto, it slid all OVER the place. Now, if I'd read the cake reviews, I would have been better prepared for the top sliding off and cut back on the icing a bit AND if I was wise and talented like my sister or mother, I would have thought of spearing it with toothpicks before the car, but I didn't. Also, I should have been LESS lazy at 1 a.m. and actually chopped my pecan pieces. It would have made for a more attractive topping (though it tasted good). I also used more that called for- again lazy measuring and not wanting to put the nuts back through the tiny hole I cut in the bag to preserve freshness- ergo the nutty look to the cake, in more ways that one.
I do HIGHLY recommend this cake though- and it is perfect for people who don't want pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving. It's called Pumpkin Pie Cake and it's moist and delicious. We had a guest who didn't like pumpkin pie, but really enjoyed this cake. Actually, everyone who had it liked it a lot and that was after pumpkin pie and cupcakes. ( I didn't have the cupcakes. NSV? har. ) Any Americans wanting a dessert idea for your upcoming Thanksgiving, definitely try this cake. You won't regret it- especially if you spear it with a large toothpick while travelling. ;)
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving Monday everyone!