To lessen the blow of my Daring Baker fail this month, I wanted to post again for the #GreatHallowTweet bloghop hosted by Renee! I made this cake for my family when they were visiting a couple weekends ago (and made them take it home with them so that I didn’t eat the whole thing). It’s perfectly delicious plain, or lightly dusted with some powdered sugar…but I couldn’t help myself and made a pumpkin buttercream frosting, which I spread on haphazardly for a more casual look (and okay, because I was hungry).
Taking a bite of this cake was like taking a bite of autumn. If you’re craving pumpkin, try this today – you won’t be disappointed. And be sure to follow the links in my sidebar to see more Halloween treats from other great bloggers!
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cardamom
- 1/2 tsp cloves
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/4 cups pumpkin
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
- 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 3 eggs
Pumpkin Buttercream Frosting:
- 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1 and 1/2 Tbsp pumpkin
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- Orange icing coloring (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray the bundt pan with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices.
In another medium bowl, mix together the pumpkin, milk, and vanilla.
Cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Add in the eggs one at a time.
Alternately add in the wet and dry ingredients, beating until the batter is smooth.
Pour the batter into the bundt pan, spreading evenly.
Bake 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes before inverting and removing the cake. Meanwhile, make the frosting. Cream the butter and shortening together. Add in the pumpkin and cinnamon, beating until smooth. Gradually add in the powdered sugar. Color as desired.
Cool the cake completely before frosting.