Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Pumpkin Cake Dissection

I don't know why, but I've never shared a recipe on my blog. I think I'm supposed to, right? Well, at least it seems like everyone else does, so here's mine for one of our favorite desserts, Pumpkin Cake. I love this cake because it takes no fussing over, and tastes great. It isn't technically my recipe, but it's been modified from it's original version, so I'm calling it my own. We all love it, and Jack especially loves it, or should I say, he especially loves the frosting. Here's the recipe and some photos of how Jack lies to eat his Pumpkin Cake:

Super Easy Pumpkin Cake:


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 15-ounce can pumpkin
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8-ounce package cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Using an electric mixer at high speed, cream together butter and sugar until almost white and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating for one minute after each addition. Add pumpkin and mix on medium speed until light and fluffy. Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth. Divide batter equally between two greased 8-9" cake pans. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting layers.

To make the icing: Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again. Add additional milk if necessary to reach the right consistency. Spread on cooled pumpkin cake layers. Sprinkle top with cinnamon.

Jack starts the process of eating his cake by carefully dissecting the frosting from each piece.

Then, once he has taken off every crumb of cake, he eats it.

And he gets away with this behavior because he is too cute for his own good.

Max, on the other hand, eats all his cake, and Jack's naked cake rejects.