Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pumpkin Week 2012 - Pumpkin Cake…Literally :)

So at first I wasn’t sure how to end Pumpkin Week 2012, but then my sister, Meredith, was coming for a visit and since I wasn’t there for her birthday I decided to make her a cake.  I was inspired by yesterday’s post of favourites.  Amanda from I Am Baker’s pumpkin cake.  Well not the high tech innards, but just the pumpkin design itself.

So I made her this cake.


The cake itself is a chocolate pumpkin cake and it’s iced with a vanilla bean buttercream.

Recipe: Pumpkin Chocolate Cake

For Two 10x 2-inch cakes (55-70mins)

  • 4 cups plus 2 tbls flour
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tbls cocoa
  • 2 scant tsp baking soda
  • 2 scant tsp baking powder
  • 2/3 tsp salt
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 3 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 scant cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup plus 2tbls packed light brown sugar
  1. Preheat oven t 350 degrees.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.
  3. Cream butter, pumpkin puree and sugars together.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time.
  5. Alternate adding yogurt and flour mix until just combined.
  6. Divide into three 9” pans.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Let cool and ice.


Recipe: Vanilla Bean Buttercream

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 8 cups icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  1. Cream butter and shortening together.
  2. Add icing sugar.
  3. Add milk 1/4 at a time.  If too firm add more milk 1 tbsp at a time.
  4. Add vanilla bean paste.
  5. Colour as required.

I hope you enjoyed this years Pumpkin Week, I know I did!  Until next year.


Also don’t forget that I’m holding a Jack-O-Lantern contest.  Your carved pumpkins or a decorated version (cake or cookie).  Just upload them to my Facebook page or email me your submission at  The judges are my daughters, so I take no accountability :)  The prize will be fun and yet to be purchased. There will be one for carved and one for edible. It’s just a totally fun contest.  So let’s see your fun pumpkins.

Thanks for looking!


  1. I mistakenly thought your pumpkin week ended yesterday so this cake is a wonderful bonus! I love the stem and leaves. *He* looks like a pretty big fella :)