pumpkin cake

Recipe: Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Glaze

I hate pumpkin pie. I really do. I don’t know what it is about it, but I absolutely do not like pumpkin pie.  I don’t know if it’s the texture, or the smell, but it makes me gag just thinking about it.  However, I will and do eat anything else that’s pumpkin.  Pumpkin Crunch is probably one of my favorite go to desserts.  When I was in college I worked at this place called The Wedding Cafe and they sold this BOMB pumpkin crunch. I’m pretty sure I gained about 5 pounds just from eating it every shift.

I like to cook, Pinterest is my best friend and worst enemy.  I still haven’t figured out if it’s something that I’m good at, but I know everything I make is at least edible.  It also doesn’t help that my over achiever, I can do that personality, makes me think that I can make an 8 course meal, when in reality, I can barely make one.  My aunty and grandpa are my guinea pigs and #1 fans, they think everything I make is fantastic, we all need at least one person like that in our lives.  Then there is my husband, I make ALL kinds of stuff and he tells me that it needs this or that, or that it’s good.  It’s GOOD?! That’s all your going to tell me after I slaved away for 3 hours making apple chips in the oven!? My ego needs more than just “It’s good”!!!!!!

These days, I love easy, quick, and simple recipes.  The less I have to do to make it, the likelihood of making it goes up.  It goes up even higher if I don’t need a lot of ingredients or stuff.  Even higher if the ingredients are on sale.  Even higher if it gets me out of the house because I’ve been home all day entertaining my two year old and I need adult interaction.  I have to make sure the recipes are easy enough for my two year old to help me, because he will want to help me.  I also have to make sure it’s quick because he (and I) have the attention span of a fly.

pumpkin cake

I will be completely honest with you, even though this recipe is simple, quick, and easy, I nearly lost my mind a few times when the cake mix spilt and my son started sticking his fingers in the batter.  Oh and he started flinging it outside of the bowl because he thought it was funny.  I’m sure to any other mom it would be funny, but to my type A personality who likes things neat, it was making my eye twitch.  A word of advice: Always have an activity on standby or just stop making it. It’s not worth your sanity!

Disclaimer: My son helped me with this recipe. No guarantees that you will maintain your sanity or that your cake will be booger free if you choose to cook with your child.  You have been warned.

pumpkin cake

When I let my son help me cook, I usually let him do as much as he can without making a HUGE mess.  Because messes drive me nuts.  I don’t know if it’s a mom thing, and because I’m a mom now, messes drive me insane.  I used to live in organized chaos!  Anyway when my son helps me cook it basically means he does easy stuff like I measure and he dumps it in the bowl, or I mix until it’s splatter proof and then he takes a few quick stirs. It’s stressful for me but fun for him, and that’s what matters.  I do it in hopes that he will know how to cook for his future wife (who will have to get through me).

pumpkin cake

To make this cake you will need these supplies:
1 – Large mixing bowl
1 – Wire whisk
1 – Liquid measuring cup
1 – Set of measuring cups
1 – Set of measuring spoons
1 – Bundt cake pan OR any cake pan type you choose
1 – Can cooking spray, butter or oil to grease pan

And these ingredients:
1 – 15 oz. Can of pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1 – Box of cake mix
1/2 – Cup all-purpose flour
1/2 – Cup sugar
2 – Eggs
1/2 – Cup Water
1 TBS – Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 TBS – Vanilla extract

You are going to die when you see how easy and quick this recipe is. 5 easy steps to pumpkin cake. Are you ready?

Baking Instructions:
1. Preheat your oven to 350 Degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a large mixing bowl mix all of your ingredients together. It doesn’t matter how or in what order.
3. Grease your cake pan.
4. Pour your batter into your cake pan evenly.
5. Put it in the oven and let it bake, when finished let it cool for about 15 minutes before glazing.

pumpkin cake

On to the glaze!

You will need these supplies:
1 – Small mixing bowl
1 – Wire whisk
1 – Liquid measuring cup
1 – Set of measuring spoons
1 – Set of measuring cups

And these ingredients:
1 – Cup Powdered sugar
1 TBS – Cinnamon
1/2 TSP – Vanilla Extract
1 TBS – Whole milk (I substituted almond milk and it tasted and looked the same)

pumpkin cake

Are you ready for an even easier glaze?
1. In a measuring cup, mix all your ingredients together using your whisk.
2. Do not make the glaze until your cake comes out of the oven and has already cooled down.

Yes, it tastes as good as it looks, it stays extra moist (don’t ask me why or how because I don’t know) and yes it is that orange. It’s probably one of the best cakes I’ve ever tasted. Definitely one of the best cakes I’ve ever made. If you try it out definitely let me know how it goes!  BTW we used funfetti cake mix, so those aren’t bugs in the cake, it’s sprinkles, although in the spirit of halloween, you could tell your kids it’s bugs if they ask!

pumpkin cake

pumpkin cake

ENJOY!
XO Thay

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