Thursday, October 24, 2013

Pumpkin Harvest Bundt Cake

Harvest.  Ahh, what an abundant word.  Whenever I hear this word I imagine myself dancing in a golden field on a cool autumn day, eating cake, wearing sweatpants, and listening to Coldplay or Mumford and Sons.

I also think of wheat, and baking, and delicious tasting things that all make my jeans fit wayyy too tight...which is why I am wearing sweat pants in this perfect Fall dream scenario...come on, you know you would too!

This cake is quasi bad for your "pants too snug on my belly" body...but please note, it is also quasi good for your "my belly is so happy right now" body.

What goes into this cake you may ask...well, to be Frank - everything!  Which is why it is so darn delectable!  As you well know by now I really like texture and flavor layers in my baked goods - this is one of those recipes that really does nail this on both accounts.  Boom.

Did I tell you we are hosting another mystery dinner party this year?  It is super fun.  You should host one too!  Last year we did a fairy tale character theme, this year we are doing a pirate theme.  Arg.  Working on my costume is always fun - it starts out a big mess, but then somehow it comes together.  I got sick of all the store bought costumes just being "sexy" thank you.  I decided to make my pirate costume look sort of like this one:

Please note - it is not sexy, and yes, I plan on looking like a 5 year old girl for Halloween.  Haha - no.

 Look lovely Fall leaves my friend from Minnesota sent me!  I am so happy to see these!

Fall wreath I made...and yes, I am just sharing all my pictures having to do with Fall in this post.

Okay, would you like to make this cake now?  Is is so moist...can you see that?  I need to make this one again - and soon!  Is it okay to leave work early to go home and make a cake?  I think most bosses would approve of this as long as they get a piece of cake out of it.  Can you imagine how nice all the bosses in the world would be if they were given good cakes like this one?  
You should make it for your boss and thank me later.

Pumpkin Harvest Cake
a recipe contrived by me and my imagination

Whisk together the below ingredients in a bowl until combined:

3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup oat flour - just grind up oats in a blender or food processor until fine to get this
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Then add the following and mix to combine:

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut - toast it first if you want more flavor!
1/2 cup raisins
1 large apples peeled and cut into chunks - I used 2 small ones
2 cups grated carrots - I grated mine using the food processor
1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts - toasted for more flavor

In separate bowl whisk together these ingredients then add to the above bowl:

1 cup pumpkin - not the pumpkin pie mix stuff but straight up pumpkin
3 large eggs
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup buttermilk - I used almond milk and a tsp of lemon
1 tsp vanilla extract

Stir just until combined.  Pour into a large bundt pan, a 13x9 cake pan, or muffin tin!  Bake at 350 degrees until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool 15 minutes before removing from pan.

Bundt pan: bake 45-50 minutes
13x9 pan: bake 30-35 minutes
Muffins:  bake 12-15 minutes

Go outside and enjoy the glorious Fall weather, then bake this cake and give it to your boss.

Eat your heart out,


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