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Pumpkin Cake

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This pumpkin cake is a delicious, healthy recipe that makes a festive fall dessert. This is the perfect recipe for a bake sale or last-minute dinner guests.
Pumpkin cake is a delicious, healthy recipe that makes a festive fall dessert. This is the perfect recipe for a bake sale or last-minute dinner guests.

Fall is here, so it’s pumpkin time in my house. I’ve been perfecting this pumpkin cake for years. It’s one of my favorite treats in the fall, and I can feel good about eating it.

I find that pumpkin recipes don’t need nearly as much oil or added moisture as other baked goods because the pureed pumpkin is so moist. This recipe uses gluten-free flour, but it also works well with white whole wheat flour. Frosting is optional, and I think the cake tastes great with or without the frosting.

Pumpkin Cake

This pumpkin cake is a delicious, healthy recipe that makes a festive fall dessert
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Prep Time:15 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:45 mins

Ingredients

Ingredients for the Cake

  • 1 3/4 cups gluten-free flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree

Ingredients for the Icing

  • 1/4 cup palm oil shortening or softened butter
  • 2 tbs softened solid coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs milk (dairy or non-dairy)

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  • In a large bowl, combine the eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup, applesauce, and pumpkin puree.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until well-combined.
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the cake is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • To make the icing, combine all ingredients in a stand mixer and mix until well-combined and smooth.
  • When the cake has completely cooled, spread the icing in a thin layer on the cake. If you want a thick layer of frosting, double the recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 324mg | Potassium: 124mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 4960IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 1mg
Servings: 16
Calories: 188kcal
Cost: $.45 per serving

Pumpkin Cake Price Breakdown

This cake costs $7.16 to make, or $.45 per piece.  This pumpkin cakes uses lots of healthy ingredients, so you can feel good about serving it to your family.

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