March 23, 2008

Pumpkin Cake

This month has been very busy for me. I thought last November was the month that would have the least number of posts, but it does look March might replace November. If not, it is likely to give November a good chase. While I am hosting an event this month, my own blog has seen very few posts. I am cooking and baking. In fact, slightly more than usual. But I haven't been finding the time to blog as often.

After seeing Sig and Nupur's posts on Taste & Create, I went to Myamii's blog, For the Love of Food, to sign up for this month's event. This is an event that pairs up willing bloggers and then gets them to create one dish from their partner's blog. I was paired up this time with Ben of What's Cooking. I went to his blog and got carried away for a bit. Then I realized what I was there for. I browsed through a predominantly meat based blog to find something that I could create. I decided the dessert section was best for me. And then I found what I was looking for.

I made a few changes to Ben's Pumpkin Cake and made what he calls a bread. But since I don't frost 90% of my "cakes" I will call this a cake for now.

1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Oil
1cup Flour
1 tsp Cinnamon Powder
1/4 tsp Ginger Paste
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup Pumpkin, cooked and mashed

1/3 cup Walnuts, chopped

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Grease a 9 inch cake tin.

Beat the eggs, oil and sugar together. Add the dry ingredients and stir until well mixed. Add the mashed punpkin and beat for a minute. Stir in the walnuts. Pour the batter into the greased cake tin and bake at 350°F for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool on a wire rack and cut into wedges.

We devoured a couple of wedges almost as soon as I cut the cake and it was very tasty. It was just the way cakes ought to be, not too sweet, light and moist. This recipe is a keeper!

Happy Easter all!


Anonymous said...

looks lovely....i too cant keep my paws off fresh from the oven cake...and i love eating it when still pretty warm....whadaya mean least number of posts?? i came here last week and then now....and i see four more!! good going girl!!

Unknown said...

I know what you mean by cooking a lot and not blogging much! Anyway, I'm trying to make up for your not posting, trying to keep up the tempo at my end...I baked a pumpkin tea cake once (blogged too) and loved it...nice to take part in an exchange event.

TBC said...

The cake looks so very soft and moist. Cooking from others' blogs is so much fun.
I like the idea of baked banana fritters. Should try it out sometime.

Laavanya said...

The pumpkin cake looks good.. cream cheese frosting makes a good pair for this and it makes it taste almost like a carrot cake. The mojito has a beautiful colour.

Anonymous said...

am now a regular reader of ur random thoughts..n singing chef....both are really good..i can relate to u on many thoughts..(especially the madrasi one!!)just wanted to ask whether it'll b possible for you to increase the font size a bit??

Raaga said...

@Arundati: Thanks... these recent posts have been prompted by event deadlines :-) nothing to beat warm cake.

@Nandita: Joint effort :-) when I slack off, you keep it going. I just saw your pumpkin coffee cake recipe... looks beautiful.

@TBC: Cooking from other's blogs is such fun... let me know how the fritters turn out :-)

Raaga said...

@Laavanya: We don't get cream cheese here :-) and in any case I'm bad at frosting at the moment... prefer unfrosted cakes for home use :-) when I learn, things will be different (hopefully) :-)

@GS: I will see what I can do. I tried this last time when someone said the same thing, it didn't work. Thanks

Ben said...

That was one of my favorite cakes to make and one that I liked the most. But you are missing the cream cheese frosting. Hehehe. That was the best part :-p Anyway, I made my cake, too and I will posting it on my blog in a little bit.

Chitra said...

Cake looks very yummy :)
how are you btw? been long..will catch u one of these days online for sure. Hugs

Priyanka said...

Oh that much have been so much from some one else's blog...getting to know someone else... Missed out on somany good recipes of yours because of my break from the blogosphere...the cauliflower cheese paratha and ginger pear muffins look awesome...will check out the other recipes soon:)

Arundathi said...

i'm here all the time - just don't leave many comments! and now i was looking and saw an arundati! - and i was like - hey wait! - haha!
Do you really like the 2nd better? arrggh - i just couldn't decide!

gonna try the pumpkin cake - love pumpkin cake but never had a good recipe before! thanks always!

Mamta said...

Thank you for dropping in a comment in my blog.U have not one but two awesome blogs.more of revelation .hats off.

See Bee said...

ur blog makes me hungry!!!

im deffy gonna visit ur page often

but i dont have an oven - so lesser baking related recipes would help. btw any alternatve to making those cashew pakodas without baking (i dont know much about cooking but mommy does - n we dont have an oven - does microwave count?)

Raaga said...

@Ben: I haven't figured out if and where one gets cream cheese in India :-)

@Chitra: It has been a while.

@Priyanka: I hopw you try out some stuff... you're sure to like them.

@Arundathi: this one is a keeper... so tasty even on day 3 :-)

@Mamta: Thanks :-)

@Chitty Cat: Less than 1/4th of my posts are to do with baking... do check out my archives. I bake some stuff instead of frying... in case you don't have an oven, you could always deep/shallow fry the pakodas. I am not sure if the microwave works in these dishes.

Divya and Chaya said...

Love your pumpkin cake recipe! Yup, we don't blame you for eating the entire cake!