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Time to get spicy with this Pumpkin Cake recipe

Pumpkin cake recipe

So go on then. How many times have you carved a pumpkin and don’t even bother to scoop out the insides? We’ve all done it but this year – like last, I scooped out enough to feed a small army and that was with just one daughterling. The other one didn’t even get her’s carved! Teenagers! So we have a whopper of a pumpkin to use and it’s the second week in November. So, I did what every good cake blogger does. I baked!

Pumpkin cake

Every year I give my mum the pumpkin flesh as she makes killer chutney with it but this year I made a cake and still had plenty left over to share. This pumpkin cake is really moist and quite heavy. It’s a slow bake cake and is the kind you could use to stack for a tiered cake. Perfect for an October wedding cake maybe? Think of it as a carrot cake made with pumpkin. It’s topped with a cream cheese frosting – the recipe for which I got from Jane Curran, the food editor on Woman&Home. It’s the only cream cheese frosting recipe I use. It can’t be beaten. It also lasts a long time. Once decorated we were still eating this cake a week later and it was fine.

 

Pumpkin Cake recipe

Pumpkin Cake recipe

  • 30ml rum
  • 50ml water
  • 200g sultanas
  • 350g plain flour
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 300g unsalted butter
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 150g dark brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 medium eggs
  • juice and zest of 1 ½ oranges
  • 350g shredded pumpkin
    Sugar syrup
  • Juice from ½ orange
  • 30ml water
  • 60g caster sugar
    Cream Cheese frosting
  • full fat cream cheese
  • icing sugar
  1. Place the rum and water and sultanas in a sealable container and leave for at least an hour - overnight is best.
  2. Line and grease an 8" cake tin and pre-heat the oven to 160ºC(140ºC fan)
  3. Melt the butter over a low heat and add to the sugars. Mix well. Add the lightly beaten eggs.
  4. In a separate bowl sieve and combine all the dry ingredients. Fold into the wet ingredients.
  5. Add half the orange juice and all of the zest, vanilla extract, pumpkin and soaked sultanas with their flavouring to the mixture and combine.
  6. Spoon into the cake tin
  7. Bake for 2 hours or until a skewer comes out of the cake clean.
    To make the sugar syrup
  1. Heat the water and sugar in a saucepan over a medium heat till it is all dissolved.
  2. Add the orange juice then simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Set aside to cool then brush over the whole cake as soon as it leaves the oven. Leave the cake to cool completely.
    To make the frosting
  1. Place the cream cheese and icing sugar together and mix well.
  2. Use a pallette knife to spread the frosting over the completely cooled cake. You can do just the top or all around the sides too.
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Pumpkin cake recipe

So whether you bake this now or save the recipe for next halloween (you can print it off – just see the link above the recipe ingredients) it’s a keeper that’s for sure!

What do you do with your pumpkins? I’d love to know. Leave a comment below and feel free to share your recipe with the CakesBakesAndCookies crowd!

EmmaMT x

p.s. Happy Birthday Bot. xxxx

The easy way to make Viennese biscuits

The easiest way to make Viennese biscuits


I was given one of these fab cookie press gadgets to test for a feature I was writing for ‘Feel Good Food’ magazine last year. It was around New Year so I made some biscuits to take to a party. I put them on a plate and made them look all lovely and my friend asked me where I bought them from! I laughed and when she said “was it M&S?”  She was serious. They tasted and looked so good that she thought they were shop bought! I don’t think compliments come much better than that.

Cookie pressPumpkin and bat shapes

In truth, these are the easiest biscuits to make whether you have a cookie press or not. If you don’t you can always use a piping bag with little zig zag cuts at the bottom or use a buttercream  piping nozzle (as seen below)

I made these with my girls when we were going to a play date during the last half term. The weather wasn’t good so baking was a great distraction. They loved it as there are gadgets involved.

Ingredients

100g soft butter

25 icing sugar

100g plain flour

1/4 tsp baking powder

50g good quality plain chocolate ( 70% cocoa solids tastes best)

To make the Viennese biscuits

  1. Heat your oven to 190.C (170.c fan ovens) Gas mark 5. Grease your baking trays then pop them in the fridge – this is the trick to making the dough stick, cold trays. There’s no need for baking paper.
  2. Beat the butter and the sugar to form a pale and fluffy texture.stir it well
  3. Use a sieve to add the flour and baking powder so there are no lumps. Mix until well blended.Sieve the icing sugar onto the butter
  4. Assemble your cookie press or nozzle and icing bag and fill it with the soft and squidgy dough.Fill the press
  5. Position your cookie press at a 90 degree angle to the backing tray. Squeeze once then lift up. The cookie should stick to the tray. It’s great childs play as Beau and Darcey demonstrate.

Darcey making batsBeau and her pumpkins

6.If using an icing bag, position the nozzle in the bag and fill it with the dough.

Icing bag and nozzle7. Squeeze the icing bag so that it is at a 90 degree angle to the baking tray (as was the cookie press) and lift off. Make sure you leave space between each one as they spread out a little.

Viennese kisses. Squeeze and lift

8. Pop the baking tray of cookies in the oven for 10 minutes or till the edges start to brown. These biscuits are very fragile so leave them to cool on the tray for a good five minutes before transferring them to a wire racklittle kisses9.Melt the chocolate in a microwave friendly bowl for 30 seconds at a time until completely melted. Stir between each heating. Dip each cookie in the chocolate and let the excess drip off. Leave to cool and harden on the wire rack.

Dipping in chocolate

These really are melt in the mouth biscuits so share them if you can!!

Mmmmmm!

Enjoy !

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