Pumpkin and Spice cake with Maple syrup frosting

A great Celebration cake for Christmas day.

Serves 6-8

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon ground allspice

½ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

½ teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup all purpose flour

¼ cup vegetable oil 

½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

¼ cup superfine sugar

2 eggs, lightly beaten

½ cup pumpkin puree

4 ½ ounces walnuts, roasted and chopped

Maple syrup frosting

7 ounces unsalted butter, softened

2 ½ cups confectioners sugar mixture, sifted

1 ½ tablespoons good quality maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Chocolate Pretzel trees for decoration (see page XX for recipe)

Preheat the oven to 350° F. Grease and line 3 x 6-inch deep round cake tins with parchment paper. Sift cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, salt and flour together. Set aside.

Place oil and sugars into a mixing bowl. Use a whisk to combine. Add eggs and pumpkin, whisk until well combined. Add flour mixture and walnuts. Use a large metal spoon to fold through until mix is just combined. Spoon mixture evenly among prepared cake tins. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of cake comes out clean. Allow to stand in tins for 10 minutes before turning out onto wire racks to cool completely. 

Place one cake onto cake stand or a serving plate, top with ½ cup Maple syrup frosting, spread evenly to edges of cake. Gently press another cake on top and spread with ½ cup of frosting. Repeat with remaining cake. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Use a palette knife to repeatedly spread and remove frosting until cake layers are visible through frosting. Decorate cake with 3 Chocolate Pretzel trees. 

Maple syrup frosting

Using an electric mixer, beat butter for 10 minutes or until light and pale. Add about 1/3 of sugar and beat until combined. Repeat with remaining sugar in 2 batches. Add maple syrup and vanilla and mix until just combined. 

Photo by China Squirrel