Pumpkin Cake with Maple Frosting

pumkin cake

If you don’t feel like making a pie, a pumpkin cake is a great treat for the family.  This recipe is easy and oh so rewarding!

Ingredients

1 can Farmer’s Market organic canned pumpkin or pumpkin pie mix
3 cups Flour
1 tablespoon Baking powder
2 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 teaspoon Pumpkin pie spice (omit if using pie mix)
1 teaspoon Salt
4 Eggs
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Light brown sugar; packed
1 cup Oil

Maple Frosting:
2 cups powdered sugar
6 ounces reduced fat cream cheese
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
drizzle of maple syrup

Directions

Sift the flour, baking powder, soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt together; set aside. Beat the eggs until fluffy; add the sugars. Beat until very thick. Stir in the pumpkin and oil, until smooth. Blend flour mixture thoroughly into the creamed mixture. Pour into a greased and floured 10" tube pan. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for about one hour or until cake tester inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Frosting:
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter on low speed until smooth. Stir in the maple syrup and vanilla extract. With the mixer still on low, slowly add the confectioners' sugar and mix until smooth.

Top with dark chocolate shavings (optional)

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