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Recipe: Perfect Pumpkin Cake

We don’t know about you, but we always find it very easy to get creative with our pumpkin carvings, however – what we don’t like is the waste of pumpkin! While a pumpkin soup may have been a smarter, healthier option for this time of year…the moment we spotted the recipe for a pumpkin cake on LovingItVegan – we knew we were sold!

Not only is it ideal for using up the pumpkin from your carvings, it’s also a fantastic centre piece for a hauntingly good Halloween party or event!

INGREDIENTS

337g Pumpkin Purée

The best way to make this (unless you are cheating and using a can) is to slice up your pumpkin pieces before blending them in a smooth consistency.

250g – Self-Rising Flour
200g - Brown Sugar
100g - White Sugar
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
1/2 tsp Ground Ginger
1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
60ml Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or other vegetable oil)
One bananna

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).

To start off, sift the flour into a mixing bowl before adding both the brown and the white sugar.

From there, you can add the baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.

Once you’ve added all your dry ingredients, you can start to mix in the pumpkin purée, vanilla, olive oil and banana into the mixing bowl. Be warned, the batter will be very thick and can become with tough to work with.

Greaseproof two 7-inch cake tins, either adding a circle of greaseproof paper or covering in a thin layer of flour so that the mixture doesn’t stick to the base of each cake tin.

You’re now ready to divide the batter equally between the cake tins.

Place into the oven and bake for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted into the centre of the cakes comes out clean.

Transfer to a wire cooling rack and allow to cool completely before getting started on the icing and decoration.

 

For the icing, we decided to try out a Salted Caramel "Flavour-Ice" Mix by Cake Decor, which all we had to do was add 125g of softened butter into a mixing bowl before stirring it up!

We hope that you enjoyed making this cake as much as we did making it!