Friday, 28 September 2012

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Hey everyone, with fall upon us now we have gone for lovely desert comfort food that is great for parties and holidays. As some of you may know, one of our staff is American, so we have posted a recipe that incorporates one of America's Autumnal favourites, Pumpkin Spice Cake. Now because tinned pumpkin can be difficult to find, she has given us a suggestion of using sweet potatos instead. Alternatively if you want to try pumpkin and can't seem to find it in the stores, you can puree' fresh pumpkin or buy it online on Amazon, or American food stores.

Ingredients for Pumpkin Spice Cake
  •  310 g bleached all-purpose flour
  •  30 g cornstarch
  •  20 g baking powder
  •  3 g salt
  •  4 g ground ginger
  •  2 g ground cinnamon
  •  2 g ground nutmeg
  •  1 g ground allspice
  •  1 g ground cloves
  •  235 ml milk
  •  3 large eggs
  •  10 ml vanilla extract
  •  225 g unsalted butter, softened until easily spreadable
  • Special Ingredient--
  • 300g Tinned Pumpkin. Can be difficult to find, but Sainsbury's and Watrose have it. If not bake 2 or 3 sweet potatos until soft and remove flesh their from jackets
  •  290 g dark brown sugar

Cake Method

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and lightly flour a Small Roasting Pan. Whisk dry ingredients and spices in a large bowl. Mix milk, eggs and vanilla extract in a 2-cup measuring cup.
2. Beat softened butter into dry ingredients, first on low, then medium, until mixture forms pebble-sized pieces. Add about 1/3 of the milk mixture, pumpkin or sweet potatos and beat on low until smooth. Add remaining milk mixture in two stages; beat on medium speed until batter is just smooth. Add the sugar; beat until just incorporated, about 30 seconds. Pour batter into pan.
3. Bake until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the cake's center comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Set pan on a wire rack; let cool for 5 minutes. Run a knife around the pan perimeter and turn cake onto rack. Let cool while you make the frosting.

Frosting Indredients

1 package of cream cheese, softened
32g cup of butter, softened
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
380 cups of Confectioners' Sugar

Mix all of the ingredients together until fluffy and frost your cooled cake!
Works great for cupcakes too!


We used this great online conversion chart for Cup to Gram Conversions.



A £20.00 value!


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