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Pumpkin cake

This is a fun cake to make for Halloween and is a good alternative for using up all that pumpkin. It is baked in a heart shaped baking tray so isn’t too hard to make and all you have to do is cut the bottom off and use it for a stalk to make it pumpkin shaped. pumpkin cake

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A fun pumpkin cake for Halloween made with pumpkin puree.
Ingredients
  • 220g (8 oz) plain flour
  • 300g (10oz) brown soft sugar
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1½ tsp of pumpkin pie spice mix
  • 250g (9oz) of pumpkin puree
  • 110g (4oz) vegetable oil
  • 80g (3 oz) coconut milk
  • 25g (1 oz) desiccated coconut
  • 60g (20oz) of roasted walnuts (make your own by roasting for 8-9 mins in a medium oven)
Instructions
  1. Mix the flour, sugar, bicarb, and spices together. If you don’t have pumpkin spices you can use cinnamon and nutmeg.
  2. Stir in the pumpkin puree, vegetable oil and coconut milk.
  3. Fold in the walnuts and desiccated coconut.
  4. Bake for 1 hour at 180 C Gas Mark 4.

Pumpkin puree is very easy to make. Just cube one medium pumpkin, boil for about 8-10 minutes in just enough water to cover the pumpkin. Drain thoroughly and blend until smooth. This is a great first food for a baby and then can be used in soups and stews. Last year we used it to make pumpkin pizzas. pumpkin cake This innovative Joseph Joseph cutting board really helped with chopping up the pumpkin – one of my least favourite  jobs. It folds up and you can pour the pumpkin without spilling anything. There are some really great pieces of cookware out there that make making so much easier. pumpkin cake I don’t often bake cakes which don’t use butter or eggs so the mixture seems really runny. However it makes an exceptionally moist cake. pumpkin cake Once the cake has cooled on a wire rack you can ice it, although it really doesn’t need it. I made an icing for this cake using icing sugar, pumpkin puree, and desiccated coconut. It tasted great but I didn’t quite get the consistency right. If I manage to perfect it I will add it to the recipe. I like the fact that you didn’t need food colouring as the pumpkin gave it a bit of colour. pumpkin cake This is a bit more complicated recipe than I normally make and as I had Rose helping me I wanted to keep her busy so I gave her some cupcakes to make at the same time. I was quite impressed with how well she put the mix into the cases as I didn’t help her at all.

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  1. well done on making a novelty shaped cake ! What a clever idea to use a heart shaped tin! i love your girls as much as your bakes – they are so , so pretty
    thank you for linking up x x
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