Sweet Pumpkin Cake

Posted by Olivia on Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

Pumpkin pie may be a Thanksgiving staple, but for the rest of the holiday season, you can enjoy seasonal pumpkins in an unexpected dessert: cake.

Our Sweet Pumpkin Cake recipe is infused with lots of heart-healthy Blood Orange Olive Oil. If you don’t have any on hand, substitute any other of our citrus oils, or opt for a light, fruity extra virgin olive oil. The recipe makes two 9-inch cakes, so layer them up with whipped cream or thick frosting in the middle, or enjoy them as stand-along cakes, perfect for a morning nibble.


Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup The Olive Press Blood Orange Olive Oil
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans, optional

Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly oil two 9-inch round cake pans; line each with wax paper and oil the paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. In a separate large bowl, beat together eggs, sugar, puree, and oil. Add dry ingredients; mix until just combined. Gently fold in pecans, if using.
  3. Transfer batter into prepared pans, spreading evenly. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of each cake comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes.
  4. Cool cakes in pans 10 minutes; invert onto wire racks and cool completely.