An ooey gooey pound of pumpkin…

November 27, 2007

You can always tell who was watching t.v last in my house. If it was my husband..then when you flick on the t.v you get ESPN. If it was me…you get HGTV or Food Network. Those are pretty much the only 3 channels we watch…so why are we paying so much for cable again? sigh. Anyway, Semi-homemade on the FOOD network is one of my favorite shows. So a couple of weeks ago the chef (you know as much as a watch the show I don’t know the women’s name..ummm) made a pumpkin spice cake by using a yellow cake mix and a spice cake mix and some mashed pumpkin. Well I just thought this was a pretty good idea  and decided it would be dessert for Sunday.

I wanted this cake to be super buttery and moist…so I started with a basic pound cake recipe from no one other then Ms. Betty Cocker herself….I heart Betty :) I changed the recipe around a bit and here is what I came up with:

3 cups flour

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 can pumpkin

½ teaspoon allspice

½ teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon cinnamon

4 eggs

1 cup white sugar

1 ½ cup brown sugar

1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup pecans

1 ¾ cup milk



1/4 cup of orange juice

1 tablespoon vanilla

about 3 cups powder sugar

Heat oven to 450 degrees. On a cookie sheet roast pecans in the oven until they darken. In a food processor or blender chop the roasted pecans until they make a sort of butter.
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix flour, salt, baking powder, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon together. In a separate bowl cream sugar, eggs and vanilla together for about 30 seconds. Add pumpkin and pecan butter to creamed mixture. Cream for 5 minutes. Alternate adding milk and flour to the wet ingredients just until mixed in. Pour into a lightly floured fluted pan. Bake for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. In medium saucepan mix orange juice and vanilla. Gradually mix in powder sugar until you reach the desired consistency. With a spoon drizzle glaze over cooled cake.

The result….an ooey gooey pound of pumpkin….
an ooey gooey pound of pumpkin
This cake was HEAVY! I mean really really heavy. As I was carrying it to the car to go to my parent’s house my arms got tired! umm…but I guess that could just mean that I’m really weak too…but really this cake was heavy. When we get to the car, I ploop it in my husband’s hands, “Babe…feel how heavy this cake is!”
“umm..” his face expression doesn’t change..which of course isn’t the reaction I wanted at all.
“Isn’t it really heavy?” I prod.
“It is a pound cake…it is supposed to be heavy.” he puts it in the back seat and gets in the car.

So of course the cake is so heavy because it is all dense and gooey in the inside. Not at all what I wanted. sigh. I announce to my family, after they all try to nibble it down and my mother tries to encourage me with, “Well honey, it does have good flavor.”, that I am going to try it again tomorrow. My husband says…”Mi you keep spending all the money on those ingredients.” giggle. This of course is a complete exaggeration


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