Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 50 min
Cooling Time: 45 min
Yields: 12

Description

Serve Pumpkin Gingerbread Cake with a dollop of whipped topping and enjoy the sweet taste of pumpkin with a hint of cinnamon and ginger -- an indulgent dessert guests will love!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon each ground cinnamon, ground ginger and ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Apple NESTLÉ® JUICY JUICE® 100% Juice
  • 2/3 cup unsulphured molasses
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 large egg
  • Frozen whipped topping, thawed (optional)

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 9-inch-round cake pan.

COMBINE flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt in medium bowl; stir well. Combine Juicy Juice and molasses in separate medium bowl; stir well.

BEAT sugar and shortening in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in pumpkin and egg. Alternately beat in flour mixture and juice mixture at low speed, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Pour batter into prepared pan.

BAKE for 50 to 55 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 30 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely on wire rack. Cut into wedges. Serve with dollop of whipped topping.

NOTE: A 9 x 5-inch loaf pan may be used in place of 9-inch-round cake pan. Increase bake time to 70 to 75 minutes.

not what we expected

by E. Eileen , White Plains, NY on Sep. 2009

This is a very moist cake, very easy to make, but the gingerbread element is much stronger than the pumpkin. I didn't have whipped topping on hand, so I served slices sprinkled with confectioner's sugar, but that didn't really work. A few days later, I heated a slice in the microwave and spread it with butter. That did the trick--it's very tasty this way, as more of a savory bread than a cake, and the butter mellowed the strong ginger flavor significantly (probably the whipped topping would have done the same--but I don't really like whipped topping anyway).