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I've been making this cake every year since the recipe first appeared in SL's cookbook. It is always a hit. It's not hard to make, but it is a process and it's best to have everything you need ready to go - measured, bowls, flavorings, can of pumpkin opened, etc. I would also suggest a good standing mixer, like the Professional Kitchaid I have. You will need the power to mix the batter as it gets fuller and thicker at each flouring. I've only tried the walnut sauce on it once; it did not go over well. So, for us it's either a powdered sugar sprinkle or a cream cheese frosting - you don't want anything too sweet to rule over the spicy pumpkin! Enjoy!