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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Pumpkin is Good

Here is the thing: Pumpkin is good.

I know, particularly in this part of the world, pumpkin is looked upon as dubious.

But really just try it....

To get your love of pumpkin started, try this pumpkin cake.

Yes,  I did have help icing this cake. Why do you ask?

425g of cooked and cooled pumpkin

4 eggs

200g of butter salted

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp bicarb of soda

2 tsp mixed spice

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp each of nutmeg, ginger, and salt

Zest of a citrus fruit  and 1 tsp of its juice (Orange is meant to be used, but we used grapefruit this time, as it is what we had, and it was lovely.)

300g brown sugar

300g self raising flour

1 cup raisins/ sultans 
(What is the difference? Apparently a random google search tells me sultanas are made from seedless white grapes and are some how more plump, juicy, sweet, and generally special. Where raisins are just regular joe sort of grapes...Huh? Classist dried fruit...)

1. Mix the first 3 ingredients until creamy, and then beat in the rest.

2. This is a whopping great big recipe so you may want to split it into two pans, either make a layer cake, or give one to friend.

3. Place in pre heated 180/350 oven for about 40 minutes' ish... check for done'ness and all that jazz.

4. Top with cream cheese icing... so yummy, refuse to share spoon licking with hatchlings....

Just in case you you need it here is cream cheese frosting:

200g cream cheese

200g butter

1 tbs vanilla bean paste
1 cup icing sugar

Whip and spread.

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