Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chai-Spiced Pumpkin Cake

This is the cake I made recently for the Kingfield Farmers Market Pumpkin Bake-off. It didn't win but I still think it was one great cake. The texture was surprisingly light & moist. The addition on the Asian spices was a nice change up from the typical pumpkin pie spices. The cayenne was my mother-in-laws idea, it doesn't add heat but brightens up all the other flavors. She says that is her trick with for a lot of recipes.
#279 - Chai-Spiced Pumkpin Cake
I was originally going to create my own chai spice mix for this but then read somewhere (I can't find where now) that Asian five spice powder mixed with cardamon made an easy chai spice blend. That seemed like a pretty easy way to go so I started there & then added a little more cinnamon because I felt like the flavor needed it.

I did a basic sugar/milk glaze for the icing but a cream cheese frosting would be good too. Want to make it a little spookier for halloween drizzle the glaze on in a spider web pattern though I really like it all drippy like this.

Since I was making cake for just Matt & me, I baked it up in two little 4" springform pans to give us each a little cake. I think this would probably be enough batter for an 8" cake too. The recipe can easily be doubled too & then you can just use the whole egg instead of only the white. For the bake-off I made two sheetpans but increasing the recipe quite a bit using whole eggs & it was still nice & light.

Chai-Spiced Pumpkin Cake

3 T unsalted butter
1/2 t Asian five spice powder
1/4 t cardamon
1/8 t cinnamon
pinch of cayenne
1/4 c and 2 t white sugar
1/8 t vanilla extract
1/4 c and 2 t pumpkin purée (check out He Cooks She Cooks for great post on making Pumpkin Purée from scratch)
1 egg white
1/4 c and 2 t all-purpose flour
1/2 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1/8 t salt

Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter two 4" individual springform cake pans.

Put the butter, five spice powder, cinnamon & cayenne in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook slowly until the butter is brown & has a nice nutty smell. Be careful not to burn it. Put into a small mixing bowl & let cool.

Whisk the sugar, vanilla & pumpkin into the butter. Then mix in the egg white.

Stir the flour, baking powder, baking soda & salt together. Then slowly mix into the wet mixture until everything is combined.

Divide the batter between the prepared cake pans. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool on a rack before icing.

Makes 2 small cakes

Powdered Sugar Glaze

Powdered sugar

I really don't have a recipe for this. Typically, I start out with about 1/4 c of powdered sugar & then slowly add milk to it until I get a nice drizzly consistency. You can flavor it with vanilla or other extracts if you want too.

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Tomorrow I'll give you an easy way to use up any pumpkin purée you have left....

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Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Love the chai spice with the pumpkin.

Megan said...

This looks like an excellent recipe with all those warm flavors. A "must Try"!

Elle said...

I'm way past due this fall for making pumpkin anything! Cake is a great place to start--I love your version here!

RJ Flamingo said...

I love chai-anything - Sold! :-)

Paula said...

Oh my, how pretty! If that photograph doesn't make me want to grab a fork and dig in I don't know what will. Great post!

Thistlemoon said...

Yum! I love these kinds of cakes! Beautiful icing drizzle action!

Peter M said...

That dripping icing has me won over. I'll bring the coffee...there in a bit.

vanillasugarblog said...

gosh i bet the house smelled wonderful while this was baking. sorry you didn't win. i would vote for this--what a great combo.

grace said...

i hadn't heard of making chai spice that way--good tip! and yes, more cinnamon is almost always required. :)

Kelly said...

This recipe is divine!! I doubled the recipe and used an 8" springform pan; the finished cake turned out beautiful, and oh so delicious. Thank you so much for sharing. The birthday girl (my mama) and all of her guests were trés impressed :)

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