11 Comments posted by Kristi on Monday, October 30, 2006 at 2:11 PM
Ramona's prize from the Pumpkin Pay It Forward contest is speeding its way to Canada as I write this. Having never made this particular recipe before, I was interested in how it would turn out. The cake was dense, moist, and very flavorful, as any good pound cake should be. And although it called for a full 15oz can of pumpkin, the taste wasn't overly "pumpkiny." I know this because I figured the easiest way to pack and ship the cake was by cutting it up into slices. And, as luck would have it, that last slice? Didn't fit. Darn it! So, into my mouth it went. Hope you don't mind, Ramona! Consider it quality control. I wouldn't want my friend to bite into an inferior product that might possibly cause her gastric distress. I know, you don't have to thank me. That's just the kind of gal I am.
Here's the recipe for those who want to give this one a whirl.
3 cups flour
1 TBS ginger
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 1/2 cups unsalted buttered, softened
2 cups sugar
1 15oz can pumpkin
2 TBS unsalted softened butter
3oz cream cheese, softened
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2-3 TBS heavy whipping cream
1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 12 cup bundt pan.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, ginger, 2 tsp cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg.
3. In a large bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups butter and sugar at medium speed until light ad fluffy. Add eggs two at a time, beating well after each addition. At low speed, beat in pumpkin and 1 tsp vanilla until well blended. Slowly add flour mixture, beating until incorporated. Spoon batter into pan.
4. Bake 1 hour and 20 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until cake is a deep golden brown. Cool on wire rack for 15 minutes. Invert cake on rack and cool completely.
5. In a large bowl, beat 2 tsp butter, cream cheese, 1 tsp vanilla and 3/4 tsp cinnamon at low speed for one minute or until blended. Slowly beat in powdered sugar until smooth. Beat in crem cheese until you achieve desired consistency. Pour glaze over cake, and let stand until glaze is set.