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Taking in the aroma of turkey and pumpkin cake

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Icing and Maple Drizzled Pecans

Fall is a busy time of year for the Never Enough Thyme kitchen – the bakers and cooks are dueling for oven space, and the kitchen smells amazing.

Holiday turkey pot pie is a special edition this time of year – turkey, stuffing and gravy all in one dish. Thanksgiving is a tradition, a celebration of letting go of summer and welcoming the fall harvest. The falling leaves lead to embracing sweaters, pumpkin spice and comfort foods.

Right now, everything is pumpkin. Here’s the perfect pumpkin cake to satisfy your cravings. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Icing and Maple Drizzled Pecans

 

4 large eggs

1-1/4 cups white sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

14 oz. pumpkin

2 cup flour

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. baking soda

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. ground ginger

 

Cream cheese icing:

1/4 lb softened butter

8 oz cream cheese

1 kg. of icing sugar

2 tsp. lemon juice

2 Tbsp. whipping cream

1 tsp. vanilla

 

Maple pecans:

2 Tbsp. maple syrup

1/4 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 cup pecans

 

Whip together eggs, sugar and pour in vegetable oil, whip until combined.

Add pumpkin and combine together.

Follow with dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and ginger. Mix together, but don’t over-mix.

Prepare three 8” pans by greasing with butter and add a circle of parchment cut to fit the pan. Spread the batter in the pan evenly in the three pans and bake at 350 F for approximately 15- 20 minutes. Once a toothpick comes out clean pull out of oven and cool.

Pecans: place on parchment-lined pie plate. Drizzle on maple syrup and cinnamon. Toast in oven for about 10 minutes at 350 F, until the syrup caramelizes.

For the icing, whip together softened cream cheese and butter together. Add icing sugar and slowly whip together.  Add lemon juice, vanilla  and whipping cream. Whip until light and fluffy.

Trim off the excess cake if a hump developed during the baking process. Place a layer of cake on the bottom. Layer on some icing, place another trimmed cake on top. Layer more icing and then the last layer of cake. Top with icing, smooth or textured, whichever speaks to you.

Garnish with maple drizzled pecans.

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