Monday, October 18, 2010

Two-ingredient pumpkin cake (easiest cake eveeeeer!)

This whole blog business is bad for my backside. As if I didn't already have issues with self control when it comes to baking (...and eating) now I just can't stop, because I feel like I'm baking for some weird blog-related higher purpose. Y'all depend on me making oodles of calorie-rich deliciousness, right?

I find recipes and know from the bottom of my heart (and the roundness of my hips) that I need to share them with the world. The problem is, I can't actually share them with you. So I do the right thing and eat your piece. And yours. And yours, too. Sigh.

I will start running again ASAP, I will.

Really, I will. Ugh.

...maybe after I eat this. Maybe not.

I found this recipe on the food blog Big Red Kitchen where I've found several other yummy, not-so-good-for-my-pants-size recipes. And the best part? The cake has only two igredients: yellow cake mix and a can of pumpkin.

Full disclosure: I've made this recipe two times now in as many weeks, once in an 11x7 glass pan and once in a 9x9 metal pan. They both took about 30 minutes in the oven, tasted delicious and made me stare at my running shoes with disdain.

You really have to press the batter into the pan, it's very thick and sticky. I employed the ole "nonstick spray on the hands" method, I'll admit it.

While it's baking, make the glaze. Do yourself a favor and use real apple cider, not apple juice. And if you're lucky enough to have a locally produced cider, buy that. (please, please, please?)

That little baggy? Ground ginger, I swear. Bulk section, people!

(How do awesome food blogs get action shots? There's no way I'm talented enough to pour apple cider and take photos at the same time -- it's physically impossible, and that's my story.)

Two-ingredient Pumpkin Cake with Apple Cider Glaze
(adapted from Big Red Kitchen)

1 box yellow cake mix
1 15-oz can of pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

Combine both ingredients with an electric mixer until well combined. Pour into baking dish (11x7 or 9x9 both work) and bake at 350 for 28-32 minutes or until it passes the toothpick test.

While the cake cools, make the glaze. Combine 1 3/4 c. powdered sugar, 3 Tbs. apple cider and 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice. (I didn't have that, so I used 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. allspice (I was out of cloves!) and 1/4 tsp. nutmeg) It should be thick and gooey and delicious.

Pour glaze over cake when it's still a little warm, and enjoy!

Sharing this recpe at Remodelaholic's Recipe Swap Sunday and Hope Studios' Tutorial Tuesday.... check it out!


  1. yum yum yum yum!

    Also, your comments and blog are adorable and hilarious and I'm pretty sure if I lived in Idaho, we'd be bff's. :)

  2. Next time you're here? I'm having you arrested by the Weight Watcher police. Just so we're clear there... and this post leaped onto my Facebook, all by itself.

  3. sounds just DELISH!

    Why is it that all the yummy baked goods sound so appealing when we're not as active, anyway!?

  4. I agree with Heidi, the less I exercise the more I want to eat sweets. Love your comments about the pants...gave me a chuckle.

  5. This sounds so good! Do you think it would work as cupcakes?

    Visiting from Hope Studios :)

  6. It might work as cupcakes, I know I've heard people make cookies with it -- I always did spice cake with pumpkin and chocolate chips to make drop cookies that were frightening similar to the soft puffy ones in the grocery store. Top with cream cheese frosting and eat them up! And then go run a few miles, maybe. Or not ;)

  7. I frequently do a version of this to make low-fat pumpkin muffins: 1 box SPICE cake mix, 1 can pumpkin, water. Dump the dry mix in a bowl, add the pumpkin, rinse the can out with about 1/3 can of water and dump that in. Stir. Spray muffin tins and spoon up 18 muffins. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes. Delicious! Note: This makes very moist muffins. Don't use cupcake papers or they will stick.

  8. I added chocolate chips and a pumpkin pie spice and made cookies! Delish in that way too!

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