Pumpkin Pound Cake

It feels like just yesterday I sat down to write my first post for the brunch series I’ve been doing (in case you missed it, see: mimosa bar, bacon quiche, and spinach apple salad).  It has been over a month since I cooked brunch for my friends, and we have now, finally, come to the dessert portion of the meal!

Things have a been a little busy for me this month; between bonfires with friends and trips up north with family, I have to admit the blog has been slightly neglected.  While all the activities have been different each weekend, they have all had a very autumnal feeling to them.  That fall feeling definitely puts me in the mood for this dessert: a pumpkin pound cake with buttermilk glaze.  The cake is pumpkin spice-y and moist, and the glaze (mine turned out to be more like frosting than a glaze) isn’t too sweet and rounds out the flavors of the cake.

Pumpkin Pound Cake

Having been gone for the last few days, I’m finding it hard to concentrate on typing as I currently have a cat laying on my arms.  But I digress, let’s get back to the cake!

Pumpkin Pound Cake

The cake starts with creaming together a stick of butter and some white and brown sugar.  Beat them together until the mixture is light and fluffy.  To that you’ll add 4 eggs, pureed pumpkin, and vanilla extract.

Pumpkin Pound Cake

The next step to the cake is to mix together the dry ingredients: flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Pumpkin Pound Cake

The final step of this pound cake is to mix in the dry ingredients and buttermilk with the wet ingredients.  For this step, you want to alternate the flour mixture and the buttermilk, starting and ending with the flour mixture (i.e. 1/3 flour, 1/2 buttermilk, 1/3 flour, 1/2 buttermilk, and last 1/3 of flour).

Alternating the flour and buttermilk helps incorporate all the ingredients without over mixing them.  After everything is mixed together, the batter is poured in a greased and floured tube pan, and then heads to the oven to bake.

Pumpkin Pound Cake

The cake cooks for 55-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.  Once done, the cake cools in the pan for 10 minutes, then it’s removed and placed on a wire rack to cool completely.

Pumpkin Pound Cake

Once the cake is cooled, it is time to make the glaze.  In true Cassie fashion, I did not read this recipe all the way through before brunch day, and didn’t realize the glaze is cooked.  Fear not!  It is so simple to make, that it didn’t even matter that I had to cook it.

Pumpkin Pound Cake

Sugar, butter, cornstarch, baking soda and buttermilk are combined in a small sauce pan.  The mixture is brought to a boil, and then cooked for 1 minute. Once cooked, it is drizzled over the cake.

Pumpkin Pound Cake

My glaze cooked a little too long, and was quite thick when I poured it on the cake.  I realized while typing this post that the reason my glaze became so thick was because I used 2 tablespoons of cornstarch instead of 2 TEASPOONS! Never fear, I persevered and just used a spoon to push the “glaze” over the sides of the cake.  I may write a blog about cooking, but I never said I am able to make everything perfectly – sometimes I mess up and just have to go with the flow!

Pumpkin Pound Cake

This cake was a delight for both the eyes and the taste buds!

Pumpkin Pound Cake

Bake up one for yourself and let me know what you think!

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Servings Prep Time
16 slices 15 minutes
Cook Time
55 minutes
Ingredients
Cake
  • 1 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
Glaze
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
Servings: slices
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Instructions
Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. To prepare the cake pan, lightly coat a 10-inch tube pan with cooking spray; dust with 1 tablespoon flour. Turning pan to coat evenly with the flour.
  3. For the pumpkin, line a mesh sieve with paper towel and put the pumpkin puree on top of the paper towel. Let stand about 10 minutes to drain.
  4. Place granulated sugar, brown sugar, and softened butter in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed for 3 minutes (or until well blended).
  5. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla until combined.
  7. In a separate bowl combine the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, stirring well with a whisk.
  8. Add the flour mixture and 3/4 cup buttermilk alternately to sugar mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture (add 1/3 of the flour, then 1/2 of the buttermilk, another 1/3 of the flour, the rest of the buttermilk, and then final 1/3 of the flour mixture).
  9. Spoon the batter into the prepared tube pan.
  10. Bake at 350F for 55 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes our clean.
  11. Cool cake in the pan for 10 minutes; then remove from pan and cool completely on a wire rack.
Glaze
  1. Combine 1/3 cup buttermilk, granulated sugar, cornstarch, and baking soda in a small saucepan over medium heat; bring to a boil.
  2. Cook for 1 minute (or until thick), stirring constantly; remove from heat.
  3. Drizzle glaze over the cake.
Recipe Notes

**Cardinal Rule** Draining the pumpkin for 10 minutes before adding it to the cake batter helps the cake have a light texture.

Pumpkin Pound Cake

Recipe Source: MyRecipes.com

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