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Moist and lighter than pumpkin bread, this spicy pumpkin cake is full of flavor. A quick and easy cake recipe, full of pumpkin and spice deliciousness.
I am always converting recipes to include healthier ingredients.
For this cake, I wanted a lighter texture than pumpkin bread but with all the flavor in a nicer presentation.
Forever trying to include more whole grains in my family's diet, I used Whole Wheat Pastry Flour #ad instead of regular all-purpose flour.
Whole wheat pastry flour has a texture closer to all-purpose flour so it produces baked goods with a similar crumb and flavor. It is lighter in color and has a milder flavor than other whole wheat flour. It is milled from soft white wheat but includes all the nutrients of whole wheat flour.
For oil, in this recipe, I used olive oil. Olive oil is low in saturated fat so make a healthier option when you can include it.
Lastly, I lowered the sugar amount in the recipe by a 1/2 cup. Honestly, you won't notice a difference.
- whole wheat pastry flour
- baking soda, baking powder
- pumpkin pie spice
- sugar, brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350F.
Spray a 10-cup bundt pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl including flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
Next, combine wet ingredients in a large bowl including eggs, EVOO, brown sugar, sugar, and pumpkin puree.
Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Mix well. Let batter rest for 10 minutes.
Pour batter into bundt pan and spread evenly. Add bundt pan to the bottom rack of the oven.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Let the cake cool for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the outside and inside edge of the pan. Place a cake plate over the bundt pan. Invert. Let the cake completely cool.
Dust with powdered sugar.
Optional Powdered Sugar Icing
Mix powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons of milk or cream. Add one teaspoon of vanilla. Whisk the mixture until smooth.
When the cake is cool, drizzle with icing.
Pumpkin Puree: you can substitute 2 cups mashed sweet potato or acorn squash.
Whole Wheat Pasty Flour: Substitute White Whole Wheat Flour. It is a great substitute when you can't find pastry flour. Remember to remove 1 tablespoon of flour per cup. You can also substitute all-purpose flour if that is what you have on hand.
Oil: if you are out of olive oil you can substitute healthy canola oil or another oil you have on hand.
A simple pumpkin pie spice mix is:
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Blend spices together well. Use substitute as an equal replacement for Pumpkin Pie Spice mix.
Label and store the remainder in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
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