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#ShareaSpoon - Pumpkin Spice Cake

Thursday, August 11, 2011

 Think Tank Momma

Share a Spoon 

"Sweet Dreams"

It's Thursday Smackers!  Time for Sharing!  I am so glad this week's theme is sweets.  I have been craving something yummy and I haven't really been in the kitchen in my science geek mode in quite awhile.  I needed to get in there and create something new.

Several people have asked where I get my recipes, where I come up with ideas, etc.  All the recipes I share here are my own, unless I state otherwise.  I have shared adapted recipes, and I state so when I shared those recipes.  Most of the time though I go through a process.  

First I think to sounds good.  Self says..."why does sound good, but let's not reinvent the wheel if we don't have to.  Let's do some recon."  We go to the cookbooks.  We go to the internet.  We go to our favorite spices, flavors and then.....we go to the science.  You really have to know how to use baking soda, baking powder, salt, etc.  Leavening agents are important in baking have to either follow a recipe, or do a little science brush up before you start mixing.

That all sounds a little scary, but really, it's not.  If you find a recipe and think to yourself it sounds amazing minus the <insert spice you don't like here> then leave that spice out.  Substitute it with something you do like.  If it calls for lemon, and you think orange would be better, make the switch.  Citrus is citrus.  All you are looking for with the citrus is the acid.  In short, don't be afraid to experiment.  Science is all about experimenting and cooking is science.

Now, having said and baking are also artistic and creative platforms as well.  When an artist paints, she leaves her imprint in her strokes.  She paints with a certain color palette that lets you know the art is hers.  So does a cook leave her mark in the spices she uses.  The love she imparts in her food.  The care she takes in creating something satisfying, hearty, decadent and soul warming.

Alright, enough food philosophy according to me. I have been craving something pumpkin.  I am not sure if it's just because I am desperately hoping Fall will arrive early or what.  It's been so hot here in FL.  Record breaking heat.  Record breaking in August.  THAT MEANS HOT!  I am really over summer.  In case you didn't catch that.  

Anymeltedfloridian, I decided to make a pumpkin cake recipe.  I did some recon, as described above.  I went to my pumpkin bread recipe for my spice mix that I think highlights pumpkin perfectly.  Then I did some science and math, and here's the end result.

Pumpkin Spice Cake

3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
¼  teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar (packed firmly)
1 cup peanut oil
1 Tablespoon grated lemon zest
4 extra large eggs
1 15oz can pumpkin
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


2 cups Confection's sugar
3 Tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3-4 Tablespoons whole milk

In a large mixing bowl whisk together granulated sugar, dark brown sugar and peanut oil. 

Whisk in eggs one at a time.  Stir in lemon zest and vanilla.

Add pumpkin and whisk until mixture is smooth and completely incorporated.  I stir and whisk this batter by hand.  

In another bowl combine flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Stir in spices.  Make sure you stir the spices in well.  I use a fork to make sure there spices are well distributed to avoid spice clumps in your cake batter.

Stir the spiced flour mix into the wet bowl a little at a time until the batter is just incorporated.

Spray a bundt cake pan really well.  Make sure to get all the sides and the center sprayed so the cake will slide out of the pan with ease.

Pour the cake into the prepared bundt and make sure it is spread evenly around the pan.

Bake in a preheated 350 degree over for 45-50 minutes.

Allow the cake to cool for 15 minutes before turning out onto a cake plate.

Whisk the ingredients for icing together until smooth.  The icing should run through the tines of a fork but still have enough viscosity to cling a bit.

Pour icing over the cake.  It should run slowly down the sides.  Keep going around the cake until all icing has been used.

Well Smackers, this cake was an instant hit here at Casa di Romano.  The boys loved it!  I was pretty pleased myself!'s your turn!  Link up a sweet dreamy recipe today!  Don't forget, everyone who shares a recipe can claim their +5 entries for the Gevalia giveaway that ends tomorrow night at midnight.  Make sure if you are sharing you get over to the giveaway and claim your entries.  Don't do it here, do it HERE.



Mo 'Betta said...

Pumpkin and spice is oh so nice!! I'm thinking this cake was amazing! And all that science talk is quite sexy, hahaha. I haven't done a lot of baking recently (except for all the zucchini recipes!), we are melting in NC too :P

Andrea (ace1028) said...

You had me at pumpkin. Or maybe spice. Or was it cake? Yum!

Daffy said...

I am salivating...if I get electrocuted you will hear about it and I will learn to eat with my feet.

Lil Duck and I will be making cupcakes this weekend I think :o)

WhisperingWriter said...

Mmm, I would LOVE that!!

Babes Mami said...

I lurve baking woth pumpkin bread. I made some bread a coup,e weeks ago, nomnom nom

Kim said...

That looks absolutely delicious. Yummy! I wish anyone in my house would eat it other than me. Then I could actually make it without having to eat the entire thing myself.