Prep 1 hr
Cook 40 mins
Found on CBC's website. Looks delicious, I can't wait to try it! This is simply a spectacular cake - moist and light with spiced pumpkin flavour and sweet bites of coconut and pineapple. In addition, it is a snap to make. It requires two nine-inch cake pans to make the layers, but the cake itself can be mixed together with a rubber spatula and bowl. If all the cake ingredients are pre-measured and the cake pans prepared, this can be a fun kitchen project to do with children, especially since it can be made ahead and frozen. Prep time includes putting the cake in the fridge after baking to set the icing.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the pan
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- 1 cup canola oil
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 1⁄4 cups canned unsweetened pumpkin puree
- 1 cup lightly packed sweetened flaked coconut
- 3⁄4 cup canned crushed pineapple (do not drain)
- 1⁄3 cup dried currant
- 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 tablespoons canned unsweetened pumpkin puree
- 1 1⁄2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350°F Butter two 9-inch diameter cake pans with 1 1/2-inch sides. Line the bottom of each pan with a circle of parchment paper. Butter the parchment paper. Sprinkle the pans with flour, tap the pans to evenly distribute the flour, and then shake off the excess flour. Set aside.
- To make the cake, in a large bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg, and cloves. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, oil, and vanilla. In another medium bowl, combine the pumpkin purée, coconut, crushed pineapple, and currants.
- Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined. Add the pumpkin mixture and stir just until combined. Divide the batter between the prepared pans, spreading it evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of a cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Transfer to wire racks and let cool in the pans for 15 minutes. Run a table knife around the edge of the pans to loosen the cakes. Invert the cakes onto the racks and peel off the parchment paper. Let cool completely before frosting the cakes.
- To make the frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth, about three minutes. Add the butter and beat until combined, about two minutes. Add the pumpkin purée and beat until incorporated, about one minute. Add the confectioners' sugar and vanilla and beat until fluffy, about three minutes.
- Place one cake layer on a cake plate or platter. Using an offset spatula, spread half of the frosting over the top of the first cake layer. Spread the frosting right to the edge of the top without frosting the sides of the cake. Carefully place the second cake on top, lining up the edges. Spread the remaining frosting over the top of the cake without frosting the sides. Swirl the frosting to decorate the top. Refrigerate the cake to set the frosting. Remove from the refrigerator 30 to 40 minutes before serving.
This cake is excellent! I have baked it 5 times in two months for various people. The only change I made was add a touch more spices, and extra powdered sugar. Everyone thinks it's a hit. I call it my secret recipe.