Thursday, October 2, 2014

Friday Faves...Pumpkin Cake with maple cream cheese frosting

Last week our church had a housewarming party for one of our newlywed couples.
This gave me a good excuse to do some baking, 
which I miss since the hubs and I are avoiding carbs and sweets.

For the couple's housewarming gift I bought them a cake plate,
then put the cake on it, adding a cute nametag to the handle on the glass domed lid.
The cake was a big hit at the party and the happy couple loved their new cake plate.

 This yummy pumpkin cake is frosted with a maple cream cheese and garnished with toffee bits.

Here's the recipe for the cake: 
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
4 large eggs
2 cups canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup canola oil
Sift together dry ingredients.
Mix eggs, pumpkin, sugars and oil together.
Add the dry ingredients and mix until combined.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease and flour two nine inch cake pans.  Line bottom of pans with parchment paper.
Bake for 30-35 minutes or until cake tester inserted in middle of cake comes out clean.

8 oz. room temperature cream cheese
1/2 cup room temperature butter
 1 teaspoon Mapleine flavoring 
(amounts for other types of maple flavoring may vary)
 1 teaspoon vanilla
Cream together with electric mixer.
Add 1 lb powdered sugar.
Beat until frosting is creamy adding a few drops of milk if frosting seems too stiff.
Once the cake is completely cool, frost cake and sprinkle top with Heath Toffee Bits.

Recipe adapted from Ina Garten's recipe found here.

It's almost Friday, friends!
Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday
a safe and BLESSED weekend.


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  1. Oh my goodness. This sounds so good. What a great idea for a gift! You are very clever.


    1. If you bake this, let me know what you think of it!

  2. Oh, I feel ya on the avoiding carbs and sugar thing. I miss baking! Especially the pumpkin goodies. I"m going to have to bake and give it away! I love the cake plate idea. Wonderful gift.

    1. I love to bake, and if I'm not going to succumb to temptation then I have to bake for someone else or an occasion at the church. The hubs is on a diabetic diet so having sweets around isn't a good idea for him either.

  3. Oh.My.Word. Looks and sounds scrumptious! What a great idea to give a cake AND a cake plate...a gift ANYONE would enjoy! Thanks for sharing hte recipe too :)

    1. Debby, this is a must try fall dessert. I hope you love it!

  4. The presentation of this cake is really stunning. I always do a plain 'ol sheet cake! I adore the gift idea, the cake and this place. I always feel at home here.

    1. The good news is, a plain old sheet cake tastes just as yummy!

  5. Sounds yummy! I love that you didn't just give them the cake plate but used the cake plate as the wrapping for a gift from your heart.

    1. Well, you're the queen of lovely gift giving and presentation, so maybe for once some of it rubbed off on me!

  6. That cake sounds and looks yummy! What a great idea for the wonder you were a hit! Blessings!

    1. It is very yummy! Hope you give it a try, Patty!

  7. nom nom nom :) That looks delicious!!!

    1. nom nom was! I'm avoiding sweets, but I did have to have a very thin slice. It tasted like "I want more"!

  8. Great idea, Elizabeth--to give the cake plate. I'm going to try this with my GF flour. One question. What is "mapleine flavoring?" I've never heard of it. Hope it's something I can find in GA.

    1. Tell me if you make it GF and how you adapted it. I have a friend with Celiac and I'm sure she'd love to know.


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