Amazing Autumn - Week 1 - Pumpkin Spice Cake

Welcome to my Amazing Autumn Series! After a busy and eventful summer break, I am back with lots of wonderful dishes to share with you. Autumn is one of my favorite times of year. The weather gets cooler (which means a lot if you live in Houston), the air gets crisper, the leaves change into brilliant shades of yellow, gold, oranges and brown, the Holiday feeling is in the air. Autumn hasn't quite started in Houston yet, but one can dream right? Along with this time of year comes pumpkin season. I love making pumpkin dishes and look forward to sharing some of my pumpkin dishes. This week, I am sharing my recipe for pumpkin spice cake. Enjoy!!!

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

Ingredients (makes a 10inch/25cm diameter cake or 9-1/2 x 5 x 2-1/2 inch / 24 x 13 x 6 cm loaf)

Cake

3 large eggs

1 cup brown sugar

1 cup canola or olive oil

2 cups almond flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 tablespoon nutmeg, ground

2 teaspoons cinnamon, ground

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup pumpkin puree (e.g. Libby's 100% pure pumpkin)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping (optional)

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350degF/180degC

  2. Place the eggs and sugar in a bowl and cream using a hand whisk or cake mixer at a high speed for 5 minutes

  3. Continue whisking and slowly pour in the oil. Whisk for 3 more minutes

  4. Mix the dry ingredients together – almond flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, nutmeg and cinnamon

  5. Reduce the cake mixer to a low speed and add the dry ingredients, then whisk for 1 minute

  6. Add the honey, pumpkin puree and vanilla extract and whisk for 1 more minute

  7. Grease a round 10inch/25cm diameter baking tin or 9-1/2 x 5 x 2-1/2 inch / 24 x 13 x 6 cm loaf pan with oil

  8. Pour the cake mixture in the baking tin/loaf pan and bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until cake is cooked on the inside, use a cake tester or fork to check, it should come out clean

  9. Remove from oven and allow to cool

  10. Blend the brown sugar and cinnamon for 1 minute, then sprinkle the cake with the cinnamon sugar and serve warm for best results

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