Friday, October 05, 2012

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

Stop what you're doing, go into the kitchen and bake this cake.  Right now!

No really, I know you probably think I've lost my mind, but I haven't, it's just that I need you to enjoy this cake as much as I am.

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

Calories you may ask?  I have no clue, haven't even attempted to figure it out because I figure it's somewhere in the gazillion calories, but I don't care....because I really needed some Fall goodness, and because one bite of this amazing spiced cake with that caramel drizzled all over, and it's like an out of body experience.

*sigh*

No more talking, here's the recipe.  And if you don't make it today, don't blame me for missing out on something phenomenal.  Just saying!

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Salted Caramel Cake
Adapted from:  Chow.com



For the cake:

3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
2 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil, plus more as needed
4 large eggs
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin purée (not pie filling; about 1 3/4 cups)

For the salted caramel sauce:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter (3/4 stick), cut into 6 pieces
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon fine salt

To serve:

Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)


For the cake:

Heat the oven to 350°F and arrange a rack in the middle. Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with vegetable oil and flour and tap out any excess flour.

Place the measured flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and whisk to aerate and break up any lumps; set aside.

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

Place the sugar and measured oil in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until the sugar is incorporated, about 1 minute. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle with a rubber spatula.

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

Return the mixer to medium speed and add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, about 1 1/2 minutes total mixing time. Reduce the speed to medium low, add the pumpkin, and beat until just combined, about 30 seconds. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle with a rubber spatula.

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

Turn the mixer to low speed, slowly add the flour mixture, and beat until almost completely incorporated, about 1 minute. Remove the bowl from the mixer and fold in any unincorporated flour at the edges with a rubber spatula, making sure to scrape to the bottom of the bowl.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a cake tester or toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour to 70 minutes.

Remove the pan to a wire rack and let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Turn the cake out onto the wire rack and cool completely.

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

For the salted caramel sauce:

Melt the butter in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the sugar, cream, and corn syrup; stir until the mixture is smooth and bring to a boil. Continue to boil, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes more. Remove from the heat, stir in the salt, and set aside to cool slightly.

To serve:

Dust the cake with powdered sugar (if using), slice, and serve with the salted caramel sauce.

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce

5 comments:

  1. I am printing this right now. And saving on Pinterest to share....I LOVE pumpkin!!

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  2. You are making me drool on my laptop. This looks seriously amazing.

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  3. My son would love this. He's a huge salted caramel fan!

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  4. Yum! I'm so excited about making this, it's almost worth staying up way past my bedtime to do it. Especially since someone else ate the last piece of pie around here. ( :

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  5. it is in the oven now.... it smells so amazing. I think I'd call it pumpkin pie cake because that's exactly what it smells like!

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