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Spiced Pumpkin Cake, Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Spiced Pumpkin Cake, Maple Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

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This is a classic tea time cake and a must-have recipe for Autumn. The cake batter is made with oil and flavored with pumpkin puree, warm spices and orange. If a stronger maple flavor is wanted in the frosting just add maple flavoring 2 drops at a time until it's where you like it.


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2 tsp
unsalted butter, room temperature, for greasing pans
3 c
(15-ounces) all-purpose flour (plus 2 tablespoons for dusting pans)
2 tsp
baking powder
1 tsp
baking soda
2 tsp
ground cinnamon
2 tsp
ground ginger
1 tsp
ground allspice
1/2 tsp
1 tsp
kosher salt
1 c
(7-ounces) granulated sugar
1 c
(8-ounces) light brown sugar, tightly packed
1 c
canola oil
large eggs, room temperature
(15-ounce) can pumpkin purée
1 Tbsp
vanilla bean paste
zest of 1 medium orange, about 1 tablespoon


3/4 c
butter, softened
8 oz. bricks cream cheese, softened
4 c
powdered sugar
1/4 c
pure maple syrup

How to Make Spiced Pumpkin Cake, Maple Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 1Preheat an oven to 350°F and position an oven rack in the center. Butter the base and sides of two 8-inch cake pans with 2-inch sides. Dust with flour. Line the bottom with parchment paper.
  • 2To prepare the pumpkin spice cake:
  • 3In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg and salt.
  • 4In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, combine the granulated and brown sugars and oil until just combined.

    Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating until well combined after each addition.

    Add the pumpkin, vanilla and orange zest until just combined.

    Add the flour mixture, stirring until just incorporated.
  • 5Using a spatula, divide the batter between the 2 prepared pans, smoothing the top and making a slight dip in the center.

    Place pans on a baking sheet and transfer to the oven to bake, until a cake tester or toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 35 to 40 minutes.
  • 6Transfer the cakes to a cooling rack and cool completely.

    Run a knife around the cakes to loosen.

    Invert the cakes onto the racks, remove the parchment paper and turn the cakes, rounded sides up.

    Using a serrated knife, trim any rounded tops off the cakes.
  • 7To prepare cream cheese frosting:
  • 8While the cake is baking, prepare the cream cheese frosting.

    In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, add the cream cheese, butter and vanilla and beat on high speed until well combined, about 3 minutes.

    Lower the speed, add the sugar and beat until frosting is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes more.
  • 9To assemble:
  • 10Place one pumpkin cake, trimmed surface up, onto a plate.

    Using an offset spatula spread half of the cream cheese frosting over the top of the cake to the edges.

    Top with second cake trimmed surface down.

    Spread the remaining frosting over the top and serve.

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About Spiced Pumpkin Cake, Maple Cream Cheese Frosting

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Soy Free

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