Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake

As seen on NEWSChannel 2 Friday, December 20, 2013

Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake

Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake

Take a trip back in time to Grandma’s holiday kitchen by baking this spicy and moist Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake. Dripping with a cream cheese glaze that’s dusted with flakes of edible white glitter, this aromatic cake will glisten like icicles freshly coated with a blanket of new-fallen snow.

The perfect treat to share with those near and dear, this recipe adds just enough pumpkin to lend a tasty twist to a time-honored classic. And placing this frosty-looking dessert on a cake plate like this simple yet stylish Anchor Hocking Presence Cake Plate with Dome will only add to the charm of an old-fashioned Christmas.

As the intoxicating aroma of familiar spices wafts through the air and conjures up warm reminiscences of Grandma’s kitchen, it’s gratifying to know that baking this cake will honor her—and create fond memories for generations to come.

PUMPKIN GINGERBREAD CAKE

2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter flavored vegetable shortening
1 egg
1 cup 100 percent pure pumpkin
1 cup hot water
3/4 cup molasses
Cream Cheese Glaze
Edible white glitter flakes (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10-inch fluted tube pan with shortening; dust with flour. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, and cloves. In a large bowl, combine sugar, brown sugar, and shortening. Beat with an electric mixer until well blended. Add egg; beat until combined. Add pumpkin, hot water, and molasses; beat until blended. Add flour mixture; beat until combined. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely; transfer to cake plate. Drizzle with Cream Cheese Glaze and sprinkle with edible glitter, if desired. Makes 16 servings.

CREAM CHEESE GLAZE

1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup milk

In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer until creamy. Add confectioners’ sugar; beat until combined. Gradually add milk, beating after each addition, until glaze is of drizzling consistency.

Thanks to Anchor Hocking for providing photography and serveware

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