Halloween pumpkin cake

Halloween pumpkin cake

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins


Cuts into 15 generous portions
Like carrot cake? Then try using up your leftover pumpkin in this clever traybake for Halloween

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving (15 slices)

  • kcal408
  • fat21g
  • saturates13g
  • carbs52g
  • sugars37g
  • fibre1g
  • protein5g
  • salt1.33g
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    For the cake

    • 300g self-raising flour
    • 300g light muscovado sugar
    • 3 tsp mixed spice
    • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
      Bicarbonate of soda

      Bicarbonate of soda

      Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

    • 175g sultanas
    • ½ tsp salt
    • 4 eggs, beaten



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    • 200g butter, melted



      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    • zest 1 orange



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    • 1 tbsp orange juice
    • 500g (peeled weight) pumpkin or butternut squash flesh, grated

    For drenching and frosting

    • 200g pack soft cheese
    • 85g butter, softened



      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    • 100g icing sugar, sifted
    • zest 1 orange and juice of half



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    1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line a 30 x 20cm baking or small roasting tin with baking parchment. Put the flour, sugar, spice, bicarbonate of soda, sultanas and salt into a large bowl and stir to combine. Beat the eggs into the melted butter, stir in the orange zest and juice, then mix with the dry ingredients till combined. Stir in the pumpkin. Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 30 mins, or until golden and springy to the touch.

    2. To make the frosting, beat together the cheese, butter, icing sugar, orange zest and 1 tsp of the juice till smooth and creamy, then set aside in the fridge. When the cake is done, cool for 5 mins then turn it onto a cooling rack. Prick it all over with a skewer and drizzle with the rest of the orange juice while still warm. Leave to cool completely.

    3. If you like, trim the edges of the cake. Give the frosting a quick beat to loosen, then, using a palette knife, spread over the top of the cake in peaks and swirls. If you’re making the cake ahead, keep it in the fridge then take out as many pieces as you want 30 mins or so before serving. Will keep, covered, for up to 3 days in the fridge.

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    Comments (175)

    wordled_muds's picture

    I've made this twice in the last week! Everyone at work loves it. The first time was with leftover carving pumpkin, and this time was with a harlequin squash (exactly 500g after peeling etc). As many have said it does take longer than 30 mins in the oven, mine take about 60-70 mins, so i've been covering in tin foil to stop the top from burning at about 30 mins in. Yummy though, may become a staple cake!

    kagentscully's picture

    Love this cake and the frosting is amazing! Only took 20 minutes on 160c in my oven...how funny!

    hchapleo's picture

    Great recipe. Simple to make and really delicious! Did take longer to cook than the recipe states, but still really moist.

    abigailhiggs's picture

    Sounds fab, I will be giving this one a go soon:D

    natalia87's picture

    sooooo good! really moist and orangy. really similar to carrot cake. will DEFO be making this again!

    lynzkaye22's picture

    I have made this today and its my husbands new favourite! really really tasty and soft. The only thing is i had to bake for 10 minutes longer than the time given but its a big hit in my house! thank you

    erinkirby's picture

    Wow, this cake is amazing!! Packed with flavour and moist as can be. Took some into work today which I do every Monday following a Sunday in the kitchen and was told this is one of the best cakes I've graced my colleague's desks with. Try it, you won't be disappointed!

    pattinghamkate's picture

    Delicious. I left it without frosting and added an orange marmalade sticky glaze instead. We had it warm with custard last night, and cold with a cup of coffee this morning. I've cut some up and put into cake cases for trick or treaters over the next couple of nights.
    As others have said, the cooking did take longer - about 50mins for mine.

    mandafers's picture

    Lovely cake! Made it in two tins to freeze one. Make sure to use full fat cream cheese as it comes out runny otherwise. Will always keep one of these in the freeer!

    juliedreynolds's picture

    I would agree about the length of time it takes to cook definitely not cooked after 30 mins still very liquid centre yet we used the correct size tin even after 50 mins too sloppy more likely nearer to 60 mins

    susanjwilson's picture

    I've now made this recipe with my students with both pumpkin and butternut squash and its so tasty and moist. Both staff and students were impressed with the end product.

    bess2001's picture

    i made this the other day, and am really disappointed with it ... it took over an hour to cook - my oven is fairly new and everything else works in it - i also found it a very heavy and dense cake .. my other half enjoyed it tho - just as well really as he is the one that is having to eat it - waste not etc im afraid i wont be making this one again

    tricity-bendix's picture

    Amazing cake! Can't wait for Halloween to roll round again :)

    kirsteenoliver's picture

    Great cake - with the cream cheese in the topping does it need to be stored in the fridge or will it be okay in box?

    thewhitecat's picture

    This was a definite winner in my family - even with the fussy people who wouldn't touch it if they knew there were vegetables in it. It had the perfect balance of moistness and hold.

    claiprin's picture

    I agree that it does need a good 50mins in the oven but it tastes amazing. I used butternut squash as it is easier to grate.

    hann77's picture

    this is a really moist cake and a real crowd pleaser, I did half butternut squash and half pumpkin flesh.

    noreci's picture

    The best cake I have ever made, my daughter and I are craving it now!

    nathalie27's picture

    made it today as discribed with the frosting... it's very moist, tastefull and a calorie bomb! due to the spices it's very much like the yummie carrot cake (which is also great!).

    sarahk71's picture

    most yummy cake ive ever made......yum!!


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