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Pumpkin Cake

It’s that time of year again where we make pumpkin everything. For me, I like to make two kinds of pumpkin treats, pumpkin pie and pumpkin cake. It’s a simple recipe to follow, as this recipe is interchangeable with carrot cake. I love King Arthur flour website for a lot of baking recipes. However, I do have some minor changes to the recipe to make it fit for my purposes.  This recipe can be made for cupcakes, loaf pancake or a bunt cake. I have done all three and it works great. Another quick baking tip, I like to add the vanilla extract to my eggs so that I don’t forget to add that ingredient. It doesn’t harm the recipe.

https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/king-arthurs-carrot-cake-recipe

Ingredients

  • 10 1/2 ounces vegetable oil
  • 14 ounces sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 ounce cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 8 1/2 ounces All-purpose flour
  • 6 oz of pumpkin puree ( 100% pure pumpkin)
  • Cinnamon sugar for the topping

Procedure

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees

Spray non-stick cooking oil on the bunt or loaf pans, if that is what you chose to bake the batter.

  1. Measure all ingredients and have it set out ready for mixing. Let the eggs get to room temperature, that is best for baking cakes. This takes about 20-30 minutes.
  2.  Sift the flour, then add in baking soda and salt together into a dish and set that aside.
  3. Mix in a mixing bowl all the remain ingredients, except for the flour. Mix together oil, sugar, spices, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract and eggs. Mix it really well.
  4. Now add the flour and mix well again. Making sure all ingredients are well combined.
  5. Pour the batter into a pan and bake it.
  6. Cupcakes take 20 minutes
  7. Loaf Pan up to 50-60 minutes
  8. Bundt cake 50-55 minutes (depending on your oven)
  9. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the bundt cake
  10. Leave the loaf pan cake plain or cover with powder sugar
  11. Cupcakes, you follow a basic cream cheese frosting recipe

A good way to test if your cake is baked all the way is using the toothpick method. Yes, a spring oven is an important appearance to the cakes but you never know when the center of the cake batter might still need a few more minutes to bake.

Basic Cream Cheese frosting recipe

1  stick of room temperature unsalted butter

1 pack of room temperature cream cheese

3 cups of powder sugar

3 TBSP of milk or water

1 tsp of vanilla extract