Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins
This is a delicious cake which is wonderful served plain, with some lightly whipped cream, or frosted with a nice maple syrup sweetened frosting. Alternatively, reduce the honey if you plan to eat it for breakfast or at tea time.
- 1⁄2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup honey
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1⁄4 cup buttermilk, room temperature
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Butter and flour two - 8 inch (20 cm) cake pans. Set aside.
- In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), cream the butter and honey until light and fluffy (about 2-3 minutes). Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add the pumpkin puree and vanilla, and beat until incorporated.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices.
- Add the flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to the pumpkin batter, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
- Divide the batter in half and then pour the batter into the prepared pans.
- Bake for approximately 25 - 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes and then invert and remove the cakes from their pans.
- * If you decide to use less honey, remember to increase the buttermilk slightly to compensate (honey is about 20% water).
- ** To make the pumpkin puree, first cut the pumpkin in half lengthwise, remove seeds and stringy fibers, and then place cut-side down on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) for approximately 45 minutes to 1 1/4 hours (depending on size) or until easily pierced with a knife. Scoop out the pulp and puree in a food processor until smooth. To extract all the liquid, strain through a cheesecloth lined strainer. Cool the puree before using.
- ** To make your own buttermilk combine 1/4 cup (120 ml) of milk with 1/2 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice. Stir and let stand for 10 minutes before using.
- These make great muffins/cupcakes too -- fill greased muffin tins 2/3 full and bake them for 15-20 minutes (be sure to fill empty muffin cups with water so that the heat is evenly distributed).