Sunday, 18 October 2015

Pumpkin spiced cake with cinnamon frosting

Pumpkin is a magic ingredient in cakes, it gives a super moist texture and goes amazingly well with spices. 

Quite a few recipes will tell you to use canned or tinned pumpkin {I'm not even sure if we have that in the UK?} but I think it's much nicer to use a fresh pumpkin. If you want to make it extra special, pick your own!  

I've never used one of these tins before and wondered where they originated. Turns out bundt {the d is silent} tins originated in Germany, Austria and Hungary and were called bundkuchen. 

You will need:

  • 290g Plain flour
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 2 tsp of baking soda
  • 2 tsp of ground cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp of all spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 330g pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 230g unsalted butter 
  • 130g granulated sugar
  • 35g brown sugar
  • 190ml buttermilk 
  • 1 tsp vanilla
{For the frosting}
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 50g royal icing sugar 
  • half a tub of cream cheese
  • 50ml buttermilk
{Cinnamon dusting}
  • 1 tbsp fine brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon

How to make:

Pre heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius and grease your tin with butter.

Weigh out your pumpkin {cut into slices and remove skin} and steam until soft. Should take about 20 minutes. Leave aside to cool.

Whiz the pumpkin down with a blender or food processor and mix with the vanilla and buttermilk. Leave on the side. 

Cream the sugars with the butter until pale and fluffy. Add eggs in gradually. Mix in flour, raising agents and spices.

Combine both mixes together. Line a tin with foil, put the seeds in the tin and cover with brown sugar . 

Pour the mix into the bundt tin and pop in the oven for 40 minutes and the seeds for 15. 

Whilst the cake is in the oven mix together the icing ingredients, make sure it's not too runny- if it is then throw in some more icing sugar. 

Spoon on the icing and allow it to trickle down. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar over the icing then the seeds.

I enjoyed a cheeky little slice of this with my best friend and it was the first time she had pumpkin cake and she loved it! 

Have a good week! H xxx

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