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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

pumpkin cake with clementine frosting

Still snowy here, and it will be a long time before we see the ground, but at least with March here, we know the worst of the bitter cold is over. The sun comes out, the icicles melt, and we can dream of seeing the daffodils in another month or two.

The other night, I started to make those pumpkin ginger muffins we're all so fond of, then hesitated. Hummm, how about trying it as a cake, I thought. Making a cake meant no big chunks of sugared ginger, which would mess up slicing pieces, but how about a frosting?

Well, the cake turned out beautifully, and I made a really simple cream cheese frosting with a little confectioner's sugar and microplaned clementine zest. Hope you enjoy it!

To make:

1/2 can One Pie pumpkin puree

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

2 extra-large eggs

1/4 cup apple juice

1 3/4 cups King Arthur flour

1 t. baking soda

1 t. baking powder

The spices:

2 t. cinnamon

2 t. ginger

1/2 t. nutmeg

1/4 t. cloves

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Grease a medium sized loaf pan and set aside.

In mixer bowl, mix the pumpkin, brown sugar, and melted butter. Beat. Add the eggs and apple juice and mix again.

Sift in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and spices.

Scrape batter into the loaf pan and bake about 45 minutes, or until the middle of the loaf is firm to a gentle touch. It will continue to bake on the cooling rack, so don't rush taking it out too soon.

Cool loaf on rack about 15 minutes, then remove from loaf pan. Cool thoroughly - about a half an hour or more. The frosting will melt if it's too warm, and it will crumble when sliced, so again, don't rush things.

When cake is totally cool, cut cake with a serrated bread knife into four pieces - 3 careful slicings.

Make a quick clementine frosting by whipping:

2 packages cream cheese, softened

zest of 3 clementines

about 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar, or to taste

Spread the clementine frosting on each layer of cake and press together firmly. Setting it in a fridge for a while helps hold it together, especially if you make thin slices.

Serve with an extra shaving of clementine zest on top. Makes about 8 slices.

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Cathy said...

Wow, I love pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting (love almost anything with cream cheese frosting) but never thought to add citrus to it. Genius. I'm definitely saving this idea.

katrina said...

Hi Cathy! Clementine has such a wonderfully strong scent, you'll find - I know I'll use it again. I grabbed a few since I had no oranges, and it was really fabulous. Glad you liked!

Martha said...

This looks really good -- and will be my next pumpking baking adventure!

katrina said...

Thanks, Martha - and one warning - it's impossible to resist eating to the last crumb.

Parker said...

This looks so pretty and sounds wonderful.

katrina said...

Thanks, Parker - and I love your scones, but couldn't find a comment clickie!

Ginny said...

What a fun flavor combination - honestly not one I would have put together. Thanks for the inspiration!

katrina said...

I don't know, Ginny - oranges and clementines aren't that different, are they? I use lime, lemon, and orange zest a LOT in baking - but the clementine wins, hands down. I need to make an extract for them before they go out of season!

Ingrid said...

Sounds good! Love the little bits of zest you can see.

katrina said...

Thanks, Ingrid! I was amazed with the power of the clementine zest, besides being pretty.

Michelle said...

OH MY...does this sound good. I love pumpkin cake and with the clementine frosting what a fab combination!

katrina said...

Thanks, Michelle - that pumpkin recipe keeps evolving - first pumpkin ginger muffins, then a cake with chunks of sugared ginger, and now this ! All a little different in texture and taste but I love all of them. That clementine frosting was awesome!

the traditional gourmand said...

This looks fabulous!

katrina said...

Thank you! It's now October, and pumpkin is much on my mind - be making this again, for sure!