Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 5 mins
The Runner-Up recipe of 2001 in the San Francisco Chronicle, from Flo Braker.
- 2 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1 cup medium polenta (cornmeal)
- 1⁄3 cup milk
- Adjust rack to lower third of oven; preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch angel food tube pan. For best results, have all ingredients at room temperature.
- Sift together the flour, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. Using an electric mixer, preferably with a paddle attachment, beat the butter at medium speed until creamy and smooth. Add the brown and granulated sugars; beat until light. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce mixer speed to low; add the pumpkin puree and polenta. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture alternately with the milk, ending with the dry ingredients, and stir just until well blended. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it evenly.
- Bake for 55 to 65 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out free of raw batter. Remove the pan from the oven and place on a wire rack. Let the cake cool in the pan for about 10 minutes. Invert the cake onto the wire rack; remove the cake pan. Let the cake cool completely before slicing.
i served this as one of our thanksgiving desserts. this cake had a good flavor from the spices but it was a bit dry and crumbly and i think it could have used more pumpkin and milk or apple sauce for a smoother moister finished product.