Mary Burton Killer Recipe Pumpkin Cake November 15_edited-1As you know, the Morgans are not only about crime, firearms and forensic evidence despite the law enforcement prowess they demonstrate in Cover Your Eyes, Be Afraid and I’ll Never Let You Go.


They are, among other things, very much about family.  So it shouldn’t come as surprise, despite Georgia’s reputation as a bit of a disaster in the kitchen and scant evidence of the men’s culinary prowess, that Deke, Rick, Alex and Georgia have  favorites that are very much a part of their holiday gatherings.


I’m excited to share this one, which graces their Thanksgiving table each year. It’s Walnut Pumpkin Cake and it’s my pleasure to add it as my latest “Killer Recipe.”


So, bon appéitit, and please let me know how it turns out for you.



Morgan Family Walnut Pumpkin Cake

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ⁄ 2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 cups sugar
1 cup corn oil
4 eggs
2 cups canned pumpkin
½ cup walnuts



Cream Cheese Icing
8 ounces of cream cheese
½ cup or one stick of butter
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla



Sift together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon. In a separate bowl blend sugar and oil and then mix in eggs one at a time. Add pumpkin to oil/ sugar mixture. Add dry ingredients and blend until smooth. Add walnuts. Bake at 350 degrees for40 to 50 minutes in a parchment lined baking bread pan.



Cream together softened cream cheese and butter. When well blended add vanilla. Mix in confectioner’s sugar until smooth.