I’m not the biggest fan of pumpkin pie… but that’s a little bit of a lie. I had a slice tonight at my good friend Shannon’s house and I did like it! So, I don’t know why I thought I didn’t like it. I suppose it’s because I’m not a squashy person 😛
I know my family is not a fan of pumpkin, so I thought I’d disguise this year’s dessert with chocolate cake. I thought I was being tricky, but some were not easily fooled. Sigh, my picky family. Regardless, this is still one of my favourite seasonal cakes. About 10 years ago, I found this recipe in Country Living magazine. I’d long since lost that original recipe, but always had a variation of it in my recipe stash. And since I felt the need to produce something festive, I decided to whip up this cake.
Yes, it has a billion ingredients (really only a dozen), but it’s so worth it. The cake is always super soft and flavourful. I do suggest prepping it all so that you don’t forget anything.
The results of your careful prep will yield a cake that is fluffy and perfect…just like all chocolate cakes should be. However, I do believe the added pumpkin puree adds moisture to this cake keeping it nice and soft.
I filled this cake with a caramel buttercream. You could easily do up a cream cheese icing for this cake, but I was going to pour caramel all over this bad boy, so didn’t want it to be any richer than I was about to make it!
Don’t you worry my friends. More on homemade caramel coming this week!
Because the batter made sooooo many mini cupcakes, I split the cupcakes up between friends, co-workers, family and still had way too many left over! I might have considered halving this recipe, but it’s Thanksgiving here in Canada…I show my gratitude by baking for everyone I know. 😉
This recipe made me 3 layers of 5″ round cakes plus 5 dozen minis!!! This cake would make excellent Halloween cupcakes or even a 3D pumpkin shaped cake! What’s your favourite Thanksgiving or Halloween treat?
*This recipe has been adapted from the original found in Country Living Magazine (2007).
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, y’all!