Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pumpkin Cake

I am a huge fan of pumpkin!  When I was in college we would make frequent visits to Great Harvest (a bread store) on Tuesdays to get free samples of their pumpkin bread.  I know, I know....a very cheap, college student kind of thing to do.  I've tried to make it up by actually buying a loaf or two when I go there now.  When I started dating my husband I made him go in there with me one night and he was embarrassed by the whole ordeal.  I thought poor college students had no shame--but apparently he did and so we laughed about it and I stopped mooching their yummy pumpkin bread after that.

So this cake does a fantastic job of fulfilling my pumpkin love.  It is really, really moist and pares perfectly with the cream cheese frosting.  Which, I must add, I am not usually a big fan of.  But I love the frosting with this particular cake.  I also love that you make it on a 10x15 pan and so it goes great when you're taking dessert to a crowd.  Try it...I think you'll like it even if you don't love pumpkin as much as I do. This was the cake that I even made for my daughter's first birthday many years ago.

Pumpkin Cake from Barbs (aka my mom)

2 C flour
1 tsp soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 C granulated sugar
4 eggs, well beaten
2 C pumpkin
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1 C vegetable oil

Beat eggs; add pumpkin, cinnamon, oil, and vanilla.  Mix well.  Add rest of dry ingredients. Grease a 10x15 inch pan.  Pour batter into pan.  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.  Spread on frosting after cooled.

8 oz cream cheese
1/2 C butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 C powdered sugar

Combine and mix until well blended.


cheryl said...

I LOVE pumpkin and can't wait to try this! SOOOO excited about your blog!!

Amy said...

Thanks for the comment over at the sisters dish. This looks yummy!! I also LOVE pumpkin!! I also love Great Harvest Bread and am excited to be going to Utah in a few weeks so I can get some:)

Barbara Bakes said...

I love pumpkin and cream cheese frosting, so I know I'd love this cake too.

Carrian said...

mmmm I love Great Harvest! Pumpkin too so I'll have to try this!