Wednesday, 26 October 2011

cooking with rosie: pumpkin cake

another recipe from my afternoon with gina. this is similar to carrot cake and is a great way to use the left over bits from scooping out your pumpkin or just to convince fussier eaters to try this wonderfully autumnal vegetable.

again, like the malloween ghosts, these have two main steps: making the cake and then icing it. although slightly harder than the ghosts i would still say it's a pretty easy recipe.

stage 1: making the cake

500g peeled and grated pumpkin flesh (i also used the centre of the pumkin and ripped it up with my fingers)
1tbsp orange juice
zest of an orange
4 eggs
200g butter
1/2 tsp salt
300g self raising flour
175g sultanas
2tsp bicarbonate of soda
3tsp mixed spice
300g light muscovado sugar

1. heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and butter and line a baking tray with baking paper.
2. place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix them all together.

3. melt the butter in a pan over a low heat.

4. transfer the butter into a bowl and beat in the eggs. and the orange zest and juice, stir again.
5. mix in both the butter/orange mix and pumpkin into the dry ingredients.

6. pour the mixture into the pan. bake for around 40 mins. (nb it may be more or less due to pumpkin's varying water content. therefore keep an eye on the cake after about 25mins as it can take less/more time) it should be golden and springy when done.
7. when it is finished take it out and allow to cool in the pan for 5mins. then tip out and place on a cooling rack.

stage 2: icing the cake

100g icing sugar
85g butter
200g cream cheese
zest of an orange
1tsp of orange juice

again i have no pictures of this part but it's really easy!

8. mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl until soft a creamy.

9. using a warm palette knife spread the mixture onto the cake.

this is a super yummy cake and due to the moisture content on pumpkin it lasts for ages!

i'd love to see if any of you have attempted a pumpkin pie? we thought it was a little ambitous for us and this cake just looked so amazing! as always if you try the recipe please sent my pictures!

Rosie xoxo

 ps if you try this recipe keep your pumpkin seeds! i have another recipe that turns them into a delicious snack!

*this recipe has be adapted slightly from the original recipe found here*

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