October 13, 2012

Brown Sugar Swirl Pumpkin Cake with Vanilla Bean Drizzle

This recipe is a crowd-pleaser. I recommend using your own fresh-pureed pumpkin (if you have the time), good (real) vanilla extract, and King Arthur's all-purpose flour. Since there aren't many ingredients in this cake, they all have to shine!

Adapted from Joy the Baker's Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Dry Ingredients:
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 c. granulated sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Wet Ingredients:
1 c. vegetable oil
2 c. pumpkin puree
4 eggs
1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
Seeds of 1 vanilla bean

Brown Sugar Swirl Ingredients:
1/2 stick (4 Tbsp.) butter
1/2 c. packed dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
Pinch of salt

Vanilla Bean Drizzle Ingredients:
1 c. powdered sugar
Seeds of 2 vanilla beans
1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
1-3 Tbsp. heavy cream

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees with a rack in the center of the oven. Butter and flour a large sheet pan, and set aside.

2. Using a whisk, mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.

3. Using a stand mixer (if you have one... otherwise, a whisk and a strong arm will work), combine all of the wet ingredients except the eggs on medium speed until well blended, about 3-5 minutes. Then add the eggs, one at a time, allowing each one to be incorporated into the batter before adding the next.

4. Add all of the dry ingredients to the wet batter in the mixer and combine on the lowest speed for 10 seconds. Finish incorporating the batter gently with a spatula or wooden spoon. Pour into prepared sheet pan.

5. Melt butter in a small bowl, and then add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Then drizzle over the cake batter in 4 or 5 long strips going the length of the sheet pan. Drag a knife through the batter, going the width of the pan, in about 8-10 lines to create the swirl affect.

6. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 22-25 minutes.

7. Meanwhile, blend all of the drizzle ingredients together until smooth and there are no lumps. A whisk is fine for the this.

8. When cake is done, allow to cool for about 10 minutes before pouring the drizzle all over. Enjoy it still warm!

1 comment:

  1. Judy this looks sooo delicious! We miss you guys and hope that ya'll are doing well! Love you guys!