Monday, October 17, 2011

Delicious Pumpkin Cake Recipe

My sister-in-law loves pumpkin. I mean, really, really loves pumpkin. She was known to eat a full can of the stuff in a sitting when she was pregnant with my niece. (I say that's how she ended up a redhead.) And my sister-in-law begged me to share this cake recipe when I first made it a few years ago.

What You Need
3 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
3 tsp. cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice)
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup melted butter
½ cup apple sauce
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
4 eggs (at room temperature)
½ cup buttermilk (or soured milk- ½ Tbsp. vinegar + ½ cup milk)
1- 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree (NOT pie filling)

Yield: approx. 7 cups of batter. That is about 2 cups more than the average cake mix. So, this makes more cake than you're used to. If you're using it for Pumpkin Cake Pops, be aware of this. You could be making pops until your hands fall off!

Preheat oven to 350-degrees.

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the 3 cups flour, 2 tsp. baking soda, 2 tsp. baking powder, 3 tsp. cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice), and 1 tsp. salt.

In the bowl of a mixer, combine 1 tsp. vanilla, ½ cup melted butter, ½ cup apple sauce, 1 cup sugar and 1 cup brown sugar.

Add eggs one at a time. Mix well after each egg.

Add half of the flour mixture and mix well.
Add the milk. Mix well.
Add the other half of the flour. Mix well.

Add the pumpkin. Mix well.

Pour into greased & floured pan. Bake according to the pan's instructions. Until a toothpick comes out clean.
*Note: for my 6" round pans, it takes 25-35 minutes. For an 8" x 3" round pan, it takes between 50-60 minutes.

Remove from the oven, and cool on a cooling grid for 10 minutes.

Flip the cake(s) out of the pan(s) onto the cooling rack to cool completely.

*Reminder: This recipe makes 7 cups of batter. That's more than your typical cake mix. Just warning you!

I think this cake is best when paired with my cream cheese frosting. SO yummy!

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  1. Hey, Beki! I found your pretty awsome blog searching for something nice to serve on my baby girl's first birthday, and I'm thinking of trying some pumpkin muffins. Yummy and healthy! The only thing is where I live (Argentina) they don't sell apple sauce, as far as I know. So my question is, how sweet is this sauce? If I substitute pureed apple, should I add any sugar? About how much? Any suggestions would be welcome as I lack the time and the talent for trial and error.
    I looove that you give an alternative for the recipe-ubiquitous buttermilk!

    1. I think you could easily substitute an equal amount of pureed, cooked apples for the sauce. No extra sugar needed.
      Good luck!
      - Beki


  2. Love Love your web so helpful and easy. Keep up the good work.

    Thank You.

  3. Hi I made this cake and it was amazing! I put a 1/4 cup less sugar and tons of walnuts. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. Thank you so much for this recipe! Its delicious. I've made it several times and everyone enjoys it =)


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