Halloween pumpkin cake

Halloween pumpkin cake

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

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

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving (15 slices)

kcalories
408
protein
5g
carbs
52g
fat
21g
saturates
13g
fibre
1g
sugar
37g
salt
1.33g

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 300g light muscovado sugar
  • 3 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 175g sultanas
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 200g butter, melted
  • zest 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 500g (peeled weight) pumpkin or butternut squash flesh, grated

For drenching and frosting

  • 200g pack soft cheese
  • 85g butter, softened
  • 100g icing sugar, sifted
  • zest 1 orange and juice of half

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, October 2007

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jedifour's picture

Absolutely fabulous! Beautifully moist and light. No one could believe it was pumpkin!

kennie2083's picture
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Made this for Halloween party and everyone loved it! I did have to lie to my cousin to get her to try it (told her it was carrot cake!) but she absolutely loved it but did admit she wouldn't have tried it if she'd known it was pumpkin. Now they all want the recipe!

lisaann49's picture

Made this cake and i though it was delicious my frosting for the top sis not work vey good it was a little thin but this did not spoil the taste it was gorgeous.

lucycripps's picture

Yummytastic! It needed to be cooked for about 10 mins longer (maybe more, I forget) and I didn't have an orange in the house so used orange essence instead. I'll do this again for sure - and not just for Halloween :)

tickers59's picture
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I forgot to say that it took an hour to cook, rather than 30 minutes. You just need to keep checking it. We have n't put any frosting on it and it is still lovely.

tickers59's picture
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Really tasty. Reminded us of the texture of jamaician ginger cake so we are going to add some ginger to the next one.

rebeccadawnwillis's picture

I made this for my school cooking class. The specification we were given was a recipe suitable for Halloween. It turned out fantastically even though my family thought they didn't like pumpkin! The only problem i found was the frosting needed an awful lot more icing sugar than stated because it wasn't stiff enough but add icing sugar until it is the consistancy of butter icing. Lovely.

mother_ship's picture
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Laurab - did you forget the eggs? or use plain flour instead of self-raising? Better luck next time!

Having just eaten a slice I've decided I like pumpkin cake more than pumpkin pie and it's a lot less time consuming to make. Yummy!

laurablazeviciute's picture

I must have done something wrong. the cake turned like a soap with pumpkin flavour. yuk! maybe the batter was too liquid? any ideas why this may have happened?

artillerydave's picture
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What a yummie cake, so easy to make the toddlers enjoyed helping too. I omitted to sultanas (for husband and eldest sons sake) but this cake was still so tasty and moist. I cut this cake up into 16th and the slices were more than adequate. In total it took 50mins to cook perfect. I had never eaten pumpkin until i made this cake so i was rather reluctant . It looks like carrot cake has the consistency on banana cake, tastes of orange but is made from pumpkin (thats 4 out of your 5 a day in 1 slice) a definate winner in my house of fussy eaters . A must for everyone.

janeswann's picture
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Really delicious moist cake, I made mine in a smaller, deeper tin 20cm square as thats all I had, it took an hour to cook but was fabulous

taylorpink's picture
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I made this the other day for me and my house mates and it went down a storm! The cake was moist and full of flavor! I was that good my dad has asked me for the recipe!
Only thing is it takes longer to cook than stated. More like 50 mins!

ak1784's picture
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Absolutely delicious cake - my boyfriend has made it twice now, its easy, tasty and a real hit with our 3 year old little boy!! It did take longer than stated to cook though.

coturner's picture
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This is delicious, we have a glut of pumpkins from the allotment and this will be a new addition to favourite pumpkin recipes!
It took a bit longer to cook - my oven is very old- and I left off the frosting as I wanted it to keep for a few days - it keeps well - will be making again soon.

welshcake2's picture

Really delicious and easy to make, but took longer than the cooking time given..closer to 45mins did it.

Very tasty! :o)

sophieew's picture

Really delicious and easy. I made as fairy cakes and got 30 in total. Rather than using the topping I sprinkled a few pumpkin seeds on top of each one - a nice little bit of crunch.

lupita's picture
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This is fantastic but I found the bakingtime too short and had it for 50 miutes in the oven!

praslin's picture

I make this with butternut squash as suggested, and everyone that has tried it loves it. If using pumpkin from halloween i found it very fiddly. Great if you have a magimix. One of the best cakes ever.

mimisardine's picture
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Absolutely delicious. So, so good. It's better than carrot cake for sure. Would definitely work well as a cupcakes. I agree though that it really needs more than 30 minutes as it is quite a wet batter. 40-45 is probably more apt.

nemnem's picture
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The best cake I have ever made or eaten. Everyone loved it! and it definatly makes 15 'generous' servings. I might cut it in to a few more next time.

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