1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1-3/4 cups all-pupose flour
1-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees f. Grease a 9x13 pan.
Here's a tip: We use real butter in our home. When I put a new stick of butter in the butter dish, I will place the butter wrapper in a ziplock bag and put it in the refrigerator for use later. Instead of using cooking sprays, I will pull out one of those butter wrappers and use it to prepare my baking dish. It's inexpensive and just as effective as a cooking spray. Usually one of those wrappers has enough butter on it to cover a 9x13 dish.
Prepare your pumpkin batter by creaming the butter and sugar together. Next, whisk in the eggs, pumpkin and water until it's blended well. Scrape down the sides as needed. Now, mix the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and nutmet together and stir into the batter. Pour all but a few tablespoons of the pumpkin batter in your prepared baking dish.
In a second bowl, prepare your swirl batter. Beat the cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. I used a block of softened cream cheese, and noticed that I still had lumps in my batter. So, I think the next time I make this, I will use the whipped cream cheese. I did manage to get it much less lumpy than what is depicted below.
So, I grab another egg out of the fridge and set it on the counter, turned to get another towel to clean up the mess, and this happened.
By this time, my boys were rolling with laughter. Gabriel actually felt the need to document the fact that an egg did finally make it into the swirl batter.
Now, using a spoon drop the swirl batter on top of the pumpkin mixture, then use a knife to drag through the batter to make the swirl. Next, drop the reserved pumpkin on top. The reason for this is that there is a lot of white swirl batter, so putting a few tablespoons of pumpkin back on top, adds more contrast.
Gabe and Bitsy were so tired of laughing and helping me, they just slumped down on the couch for a quick rest. Gabe is good taste tester and picture taker, and Bitsy is an awesome spill licker upper. LOL! I think Travis, the miniature dachshund, was a little concerned about all of the chaos, so he was under a blanket on the couch to be safe.