Pumpkin Spice Cake – Bake for the Cure

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Time for my Susan G KomenBake for the Cure second baking adventure. I’m sitting here writing this while the cake(s) are cooling and am steaming myself a little.

Why so disgruntled you ask? Well, let me tell you.

My sweet boyfriend bought me some awesome pumpkin-shaped silicone cake pans back in August. This week’s baking adventure was going to be the first time I got to use them since it’s now officially fall and pumpkin season. Prior to using them, like every good novice baker, I did a little research on if the cook-time varied or any other things to pay attention to when using silicone baking pans. Every source said that they bake at the same temperature and times as a standard cake pan: SCORE!

Yea, not so much. As I sit here, my pretty pumpkin cakes are sunk in the middle from not baking evenly. I have a plan to remedy the situation, so keep reading to see if it works!


First, Commence ingredients prepping.

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Side note: This might be the largest number of ingredients included in a recipe I’ve made.

First step is to combine the flour (yes, I took this out of sequence from the original recipe), ARGO baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice (not in recipe). Then set aside.

Next is to cream the sugar, and add in the dark brown and regular sugar.

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Blend until creamy and add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.

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Next step is to stir the pumpkin puree, buttermilk, and vanilla in a separate bowl.

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Then gather all three bowls together like so.

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And add the flour mixture and pumpkin puree mixture to the butter/sugar/egg mixture alternating 1/3 at a time until all the way blended.

Place batter into pumpkin shaped silicone cake pans (or regular round cake pans that won’t leave you frustrated after 45 minutes of cook time) and bake for 35-40 minutes at 350.

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Once done baking (45-50 minutes later GRRRRRRRR), remove from oven and set out to cool.

IMG 1605 768x1024 Pumpkin Spice Cake   Bake for the Cure[Please notice the glorious hole in the middle. I repeat: grrrrrr]

After cooling for about 30-45 min, remove from silicone pan and see that all is not lost just yet with the cake holding its intended shape! (Continue letting sit out to cool.)

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After cakes have cooled, it’s time to make the best part of cake, the FROSTING.

This really does make me feel better about the pumpkin spice cakes being less than satisfactory.

Combine the cream cheese (I used 11 oz.), butter, pumpkin, and vanilla (and red and yellow food coloring to make an orange colored frosting) until smooth.

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Then add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until well blended.

Lop off the puffy ends of the pumpkin cake.

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Frost one side of the half pumpkin.

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And smash it together with the other half.

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[This is where I should've just stopped and served the frosting on the side. You can serve frosting on the side like a gravy right?]

Next I frosted the cake… please note, there are no pictures during the frosting process, as it was a DISASTER. The halves kept coming apart and yea…

Anyways, after spending what seemed like eternity frosting and decorating, here is the final product! But be careful not to breath too hard, otherwise Mr. Pumpkin will get a splitting headache! (Haha, get it? Ok, maybe not…)

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Decorating fiasco aside, this cake is so moist and delicious! I highly recommend clicking the links to the recipes above and making it yourself!

Thanks again for reading and PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO COMMENT! EACH COMMENT AIDS RAISE BREAST CANCER AWARENESS and helps yours truly get one step closer to winning this awesome contest put on by the Susan G. Komen foundation and Delish.com!

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41 Responses to Pumpkin Spice Cake – Bake for the Cure

  1. Rebecca Price says:

    OH my goodness, this looks unreal!!! I have GOT to make this.

  2. Sarah says:

    YUMMO!!! I love pumpkin season!

  3. Mark says:

    Bakers and their gadgets.

  4. Roxycafe says:

    Looks like it involved many ingredients, but well worth all the effort! He’s such a cute pumpkin!

  5. Dan says:

    Looks like a P90X cheat day! You’re making me hungry!

  6. Steve says:

    You know pumpkin spice is my favorite……yum

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  8. Stephanie says:

    Mmm. Thanks for the recipe, I love pumpkin and I am sure my fiance would love to be a guinea pig!

  9. Janet says:

    Such a great idea!

  10. My Mouth is watering….Gotta have some….NOW PLEASE!!!

  11. Jaime Pham says:


  12. Roger says:

    Perfect recipe for October! Can’t wait to make it!!!

  13. Carly "Sniffles" Gross says:

    I love Pumkins!

  14. KKoons says:

    What a wonderful little Halloween Treat! You should try to sell it at starbucks!

  15. We love pumpkins in our household, we’ll have to give this a try!

  16. Megan Vannoy says:

    That turned out cute, despite your sunken cake middle and frosting “disasters.” haha I was thinking…if you could find pumpkin molds that were top and bottom of a pumpkin as opposed to 2 sides of it, then you could stack before frosting, instead of pushing them together. You would think the people that make these molds would do some product research and make them easy to use right? :)

  17. Lee Rice says:

    That looks incredible! If if is half as good as your banana bread is, I will take one!!! or two…….

  18. Keri Allen says:

    I love it and so Fall. I can smell the cinnamon. I think you should have a tasting party.
    Great job “pint size baker.”

  19. dennis dotson says:

    I WANT!

  20. Nicole Marie Lowe says:

    So festive!! Pour some some apple cider and you got a great fall party. Well done.

  21. Angie says:

    I couldn’t wait to scroll to the bottom and see the finished product! I love the way you keep it real….showing how things get messed up once in a while helps us all learn what we’re either doing wrong or how to fix it when we goof. Thanks for the lesson!

  22. Angela says:

    This looks great….just like the pumpkins at the store these days! If it was perfect, it wouldn’t be good enough to eat;-)

  23. Melissa says:

    Perfect for this time of year! Looks delish!

  24. Patti saboorian says:

    Oh does that sound delicious! I have been craving something pumpkin!!!!

  25. Jason says:

    Looks great!

  26. Stephanie T says:

    so cute!

  27. Lauren says:

    This looks delicious, but I know I will never have time to make one- maybe I can just eat yours?

  28. Meredith says:

    Delish! I’ve never had pumpkin and orange flavors together, but it sounds so yummy! And good job on the decorating…love the little jack-o-lantern!

  29. Rachel says:

    I want this it loks so good!!!!!

  30. Bre says:

    I absolutely love pumpkin roll, so I am guessing this is kind of the same thing? So probably delicious. (send some of this cake too)
    The final product turned out very cute!

  31. Paul Mac Innis says:

    Wow, made this last night and it was delicious…..Thanks Pint Sized Baker.

  32. Angela says:

    I love pumpkin season too! But HOLY ingredients!! Now I know you’re a great cook because if I bought all the stuff to make this cake, it would definitely wouldn’t turn out! Like my first attempt at baking banana bread….

  33. Becky says:

    Impressive Ash! How seasonal ;)

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  35. Patrick says:

    This is so cool… I love the molds!

  36. missie says:

    Anyone who can bake a homemade cake these days is a genious!! But Pumkin? That is hard to get to season just right< cause face it pumkin is just bland.

  37. couturiette says:

    it looks so cute!! :)

  38. David says:

    I love all of your pumpkin recipes- this one is my favorite because of the funny chocolate chip face!

  39. DEL says:

    Can I borrow your pumpkin molds?

  40. Nancy says:

    Hi. I can’t find anywhere that says specifically how much buttermilk and nutmeg to put in. How much did you use? I want to use this recipe this weekend! Let me know! It looks delicious!

  41. Barbara says:

    For the Pumpkin Spice Cake recipe how much buttermilk and nutmeg should be used? The recipe I have does not say.

    Thank you.

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