Friday, October 7, 2011

Cake #38 Pumpkin Cake with Cider Caramel Sauce

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Now on to the cake...

Pumpkin Cake with Cider Caramel Sauce
1 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. oil or, you can take my approach of scooping apple sauce into the measuring cup and then topping it off with oil. This is especially helpful if you live above 5000ft, it gives your baked goods structure and keeps the calories at bay.

1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla my addition
Combine the first 6 ingredients.

Add oil, pumpkin and eggs.

Whisk until blended.

Pour into a greased 9x13 pan.

Bake at 325 for 30 minutes.

(I dropped it on it's way out of the oven creating a little sink hole... oops)

Cool and top with the sauce before serving.

Cider Caramel Sauce:
Note: we doubled the sauce, this recipe is the single sized batch, it just didn't sound like enough to pour generously over  slices of  a 9x13 cake

1/2 c. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
2/3 c. apple cider (I used apple juice)
2 Tbsp. heavy cream
1 Tbsp. butter
salt to taste
In a saucepan, whisk brown sugar and cornstarch. Add cider and stir in the cream, butter and salt.

Cook over med-hi heat, whisking constantly, until large bubbles form around the edge of the saucepan, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low and allow to thicken, about 2 minutes.

Top with vanilla ice cream if you want and drizzle sauce over it.

Opinion and Assessment: This cake is as easy to make as a from-scratch batch of pancakes so I think it has a place in the casual cake rotation. I used a little less sugar then suggested and added  1 tsp of vanilla. It tasted great. I found the apple flavor in the Cider Caramel Sauce really overwhelmed the more delicate pumpkin and caramel, which was a bit sad as I love caramel and pumpkin. It was also quite tart, not a sugar-bomb in the least. Next time I'll probably make a caramel sauce and skip the cider altogether.

It was "healthy" as far as cake goes, but a big part of that was the reduction of oil and sugar.

My family gobbled it down (no surprise there) and asked to put some of the caramel cider sauce on pumpkin pancakes this morning.  But, no one had to re-think their top five cakes or insisted that this was the one they wanted for their birthday. I'd give it a solid 7/10. Very good, a little shy of great. It's a perfect week night cake.


Next time I think I'll make the cake as written but top it with this sauce instead, it's one of our family favorites.

Maple-Caramel Sauce

½ C Brown sugar
1 TBL Cornstarch
1/3 C Half n half
¼ C Water
2 TBL Maple Syrup
1 TBL Butter
1 tsp Vanilla

Mix brown sugar and cornstarch in saucepan.
Add all remaining ingredients except vanilla.
Cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened and bubbly.
Cook and stir an additional two minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Serve warm.

Warm leftover sauce in the microwave.

Found via Pinterest from Mandy's Recipe Box who found it from a magazine (uncredited)

To  see the rest of my cakes, visit 52 Cakes Project.

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Sourkraut said...

My goodness, you work fast! Thanks for yet again being my Pinterest recipe tester. :) Your review is pretty much what I expected from looking at the recipe in terms of its being a nice, easy cake but nothing awe inspiring. I'm a little sad to hear that the cider flavor is overwhelming because I was looking forward to the entire combination. Maybe it would be good on a different flavor of cake instead.

RhettDidntGiveADamn said...

Oh. My. Goodness. I can't tell you how much I want a big slice of this cake! Pinning so I won't lose the recipe. :D

(new follower here!)

Shannon at madiganmade said...

This sounds divine! I love all things pumpkin!

Alecia said...

This looks so good! Caramel, Cider and Pumpkin? Heaven

Made my way here from TT&J

Meaghan Luby said...

I am so glad you are still doing the cake challenge!! And this one may be my favorite to date. I am allllll about pumpkin. For real. So so so delicious and oh my gosh! Caramel cider sauce!! Whattttt?! That just... sounds like it should be on everything I eat this October. It sounds like fall in it's pure sugar form.

I need to make this ASAP.

Sorry I haven't commented in so long! I have kind of fallen off the blogosphere this summer but, I still have been following and still love your recipes and will be a more devoted follower starting now!

Thanks for always posting such awesome pieces :)