Pumpkin Cake

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Pumpkin cake has been on my list to make for awhile now. I was inspired by a carrot cake recipe I saw on AllRecipes and my pumpkin pie spice recipe. I had a pumpkin and wanted to use pumpkin pie spice for more than just pumpkin pie so my pumpkin cake recipe was born. It’s basically a carrot cake in which I substituted the carrots for pumpkin, but it works and the ingredients go really well together. I also added my brown sugar cream cheese frosting on top and that finished the pumpkin cake perfectly. For me it was a match made in heaven.

How To Make Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Cake Ingredients

To make the pumpkin cake you’ll need the following ingredients: granulated sugar, pecans, light brown sugar, grated apples, grated pumpkin, eggs, oil, all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, lemon zest, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice and salt. (A full list of ingredients including measurements can be found in the recipe card below.)

 

Pumpkin Cake photos of sifting dry ingredients

Start by sifting the dry ingredients into a bowl, flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt.

 

Pumpkin cake photos of adding wet ingredients to a bowl

In another bowl add eggs, oil, light brown sugar, granulated sugar, lemon zest and vanilla extract.

 

Pumpkin cake photos of mixing the cake batter

Mix till creamy. At a lower speed, add flour mixture followed by the grated apples and the grated pumpkin. Mix till incorporated.

 

Pumpkin cake photos of mixing the batter

Add the pecans and mix briefly till incorporated.

 

Pumpkin cake photos of pouring the batter into the cake pan

Pour the batter into a lined cake pan, spread evenly and bake in the oven for 40 to 50 minutes till golden, or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

 

Pumpkin cake photos of frosting the cake

Leave the cake to cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack, then turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled frost the cake with brown sugar and cream cheese frosting. Use a knife to lightly draw squares on the frosting. Place a pecan on each square.

Check out my recipe for brown sugar and cream cheese frosting for step-by-step instructions.

 

Pumpkin cake finished resulted zoomed in photo

I love it when the frosting starts to drip over the edges… yum!

 

Pumpkin Cake is made with grated pumpkin, apples, pecans with a brown sugar and cream cheese frosting. A pumpkin version of carrot cake. #pumpkin #pumpkincake #recipe #recipes

Cut into squares, serve and enjoy!

 

Pumpkin Cake is made with grated pumpkin, apples, pecans with a brown sugar and cream cheese frosting. A pumpkin version of carrot cake. #pumpkin #pumpkincake #recipe #recipes
Pumpkin Cake is made with grated pumpkin, apples, pecans with a brown sugar and cream cheese frosting. A pumpkin version of carrot cake. #pumpkin #pumpkincake #recipe #recipes
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Pumpkin Cake
Pumpkin Cake is made with grated pumpkin, apples, pecans with a brown sugar and cream cheese frosting. A pumpkin version of carrot cake.
Pumpkin Cake is made with grated pumpkin, apples, pecans with a brown sugar and cream cheese frosting. A pumpkin version of carrot cake. #pumpkin #pumpkincake #recipe #recipes
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Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Pumpkin Cake
Topping: Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Pumpkin Cake
Topping: Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting
Pumpkin Cake is made with grated pumpkin, apples, pecans with a brown sugar and cream cheese frosting. A pumpkin version of carrot cake. #pumpkin #pumpkincake #recipe #recipes
Votes: 5
Rating: 4.6
You:
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
Pumpkin Cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F / 175°C. Line a 9 x 13 inch (23 x 30 cm) cake pan with parchment paper.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt into a bowl.
  3. In another bowl, add eggs, oil, brown sugar, granulated sugar, vanilla extract and lemon zest. Mix till creamy.
  4. At a lower speed, add flour mixture followed by the grated apples and the grated pumpkin. Mix till incorporated. Add the pecans and mix briefly till incorporated.
  5. Pour the batter into a lined cake pan, spread evenly and bake in the oven for 40 to 50 minutes till golden, or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Leave the cake to cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack, then turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. Make the frosting while the cake is cooling.
Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. Add cream cheese, butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract and lemon zest to a bowl and mix till creamy.
  2. Next, add the confectioners' sugar in increments to the frosting and mix till creamy and fully incorporated.
  3. Once cooled frost the cake with brown sugar and cream cheese frosting. Use a knife to lightly draw squares on the frosting. Place a pecan on each square.
Recipe Notes

Please note that the cup measurements in this recipe are approximate. I have added cups for those that prefer using cups. The recipe is most accurate using weights measurements.

  • Tip: Add 1 cup (100 gram) of chopped pecans to the frosting.
  • Follow my recipe to make your own pumpkin pie spice

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