Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

October 31, 2012

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I’ve been baking and baking over here, looking for the perfect pumpkin bread recipe. After several attempts with no success, I made one last ditch effort before throwing in the towel (or throwing a pathetic, whiny fit).  This time, I modified a bread recipe to make a cake and added icing. Success! This pumpkin cake is rich and velvety. It beats a brick of pumpkin bread any day.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup shorting or butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup milk
2 cups of self-rising flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cloves 
2/3 cup of chopped pecans
candy corns or pumpkins for garnish

For the frosting you’ll need: 8 oz cream cheese, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 Tablespoons butter, 1 Tablespoon milk, 1.5 cups powdered sugar

Directions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and spices) and set aside.

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In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla, sugar, milk, and canned pumpkin. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined. Pour into a lightly greased cake pan.

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Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until done. Allow to cool.

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While the cake cools, make the icing. Simply combine the ingredients in a bowl. Then ice the cake and add the candy corns for garnish.

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Save a big slice for me!

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Happy Halloween!!

 

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Jessica October 31, 2012 at 8:34 am

I love pumpkin cake and this looks incredible! I love the whimsical addition of candy corn on top.

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