Pumpkin Cake with Buttermilk and Orange
Yield: 10 to 12 | Total time: 1 hour
Pumpkin and orange with the tang of buttermilk come together in this super-moist cake. Inspired from a Gourmet recipe on epicurious.com, I upped the spices and added orange juice and zest to the cake and the buttermilk icing. It's hard to resist this warm out of the oven, but the flavors taste better after sitting a day or two. Just reheat for a few seconds in the microwave and enjoy! It's a great snack post-gym or for after-school munchies. Note: The recipe calls for 1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin from a 15-ounce can. That will leave you with about 2 tablespoons of leftover pumpkin. I haven't tried this yet with the whole can of pumpkin as it is quite perfect as is, but it is annoying to have a a little bit of a can of anything left over. Maybe stir it into a masala or a bowl of oatmeal. Or, try the recipe with the full can and let us know how it works!
Photos by Jennifer McGovern.
For the Cake:
- Juice and zest of 1 orange, divided*
- 1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, softened, plus additional for greasing bundt pan
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting pan
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 cups canned solid-pack pumpkin (from a 15-ounce can; not pie filling)
- 3/4 cup well-shaken buttermilk
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 3 large eggs
For the Icing:
- 3 tablespoons well-shaken buttermilk
- *Zest and juice of 1/2 an orange, see above
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
- Zest and juice 1 orange and set aside in separate bowls.
- Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 10-inch non-stick bundt pan generously, then dust with flour, knocking out excess.
- Whisk together flour (2 1/4 cups), baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together pumpkin, 3/4 cup buttermilk, and vanilla in another bowl.
- Beat butter (1 1/2 sticks) and granulated sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer at medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes, then add eggs and beat 1 minute. Reduce speed to low and add flour and pumpkin mixtures alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture and mixing until batter is just smooth.
- Spoon batter into pan, smoothing top, then bake until a wooden pick or skewer inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool cake in pan on a rack 10 minutes, then invert rack over cake and reinvert cake onto rack. Cool 10 minutes more before drizzling with icing.
While cake is cooling, whisk together buttermilk, remaining half of the orange juice, remaining half of the zest and confectioners sugar until smooth. Drizzle icing over warm cake, then cool cake completely. Icing will harden slightly.
Date Published: January 8, 2014
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