Thursday, June 30, 2011

Birthday cake!

As mentioned in my last blog entry, I promised to share the recipe for the cake I made for Charles' birthday. It turned out quite tasty, although this time it came out really thin even though I followed the directions. I'm not really sure what happened there, but it was still worth it.

Pumpkin Cake
Ingredients:
1 box of yellow cake mix, plus ingredients called for on the box (I used an all-natural cake mix since all the other brands had Partially Hydrogenated Oils, aka Trans Fat, in them)
1 15oz can of pure pumpkin puree
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare cake as directed but with the following change: add pumpkin pie spice and substitute pumpkin puree for the water. Follow baking directions on the box (18-22 minutes for cupcakes, 25-30 minutes for 2 9inch cakes, etc). Let cool.

Icing
Ingredients:
3 cups powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons Milk
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon

With electric mixer, mix powdered sugar and butter. Add vanilla, cinnamon and one tablespoon milk. Add more milk as needed.

You could probably do the icing as a cream cheese icing with added cinnamon. The original recipe actually called for cream cheese icing, but Charles has some weird thing against cream cheese. The cake would probably be very good with sweet potato puree instead of the pumpkin puree.

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