Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Cake Square

Pumpkin Spice Cake Square
Pumpkin Spice Cake Square

My goal was to make a pumpkin bar with an end result looking like a lemon bar in my mind. I should mention that I have never had a piece of pumpkin bar before. After searching and comparing online recipes, I came up with this recipe which turn out to be a cake that I called "Pumpkin Spice Cake Square". Give it a try... and if you happen to have the recipe that I was originally looking for, send it to me. Thanks.

This recipe makes 24 servings.

  • Cake
Out of the Oven
- 4 large eggs
- 1 2/3 cups white sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 t baking powder
- 1 t salt
- 1 t baking soda
- 2 t cinnamon
- 1 t pumpkin spice

  • Butter Cream Frosting
- 6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- 6 T butter, room temperature
- 3 cups confectioners' sugar

A nice layer of Butter Cream Frosting!

1. Preheat oven at 350°F.
2. Spray a 9 by 13 in. glass pan.
3. In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin.
4. In another large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.
5. Add to wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix very well.
6. Pour the batter in your baking pan and bake for 35 minutes.
7. Remove from oven and let the bake cool down completely.
8. Once the cake is cool, It is time for the frosting. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, butter and confectioner's sugar until you get a nice creamy paste.
9. Immediately evenly spread the frosting on the top of the cake.
10. Cover your cake with clear wrapping paper and put it in the fridge to let the frosting set for 20 to 30 minutes.
11. Cut into squares and serve.

Inspired and adapted from a member of food dot com

What do I think about this recipe?

The cake and frosting are quick and easy to prepare. It would be a perfect dessert to bring without spending all day in the kitchen. Just bake the cake either the night before or early in the morning and it will be perfectly cool to lay the frosting. Note that the cake will rise around 1/2 inch higher than the edges, in the middle.
The cake is definitively moist and light. But do not let this small square fulls you. You will feel satisfied after it. The spices are not overpowering the taste of the cake. It just the right amount. The frosting has a creamy and soft texture. It gives some extra sweet tenderness at each bit.
For a more sophisticated look for a party, I would try to bake the cake in a mini muffin or small square pans, use a piping design of your choice to spray the frosting and add a tiny pinch of cinnamon or pumpkin spice on top of it.


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