Sunday, October 4, 2009

Eat your frosting first!

"Bobby" and Evangeline are so excited they are giddy!

I'm unleashing a family "secret" recipe here, people -- Pumpkin Cake with Buttermilk Fudge Frosting!

This cake is PERFECT. My mom has made it every year for my dad's birthday (September 13th) for as long as I can remember. It is the epitome of fall for me. It symbolizes everything that is cozy, perfect and PUMPKIN. Try it people. It's insane. AND, eat your frosting first -- or someone else will! TRUST ME.

Pumpkin Cake -

Mix together -
3 cups sugar
5 eggs
2/3 cup water
1 cup oil
1 small can (2 cups) pumpkin

Add -
2 tsps cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cloves
3 tsps baking soda
1 1/4 tsps salt
3 1/2 cups flour
1 cup of raisins
1 cup of nuts (I like walnuts.)

Beat well.

Pour in to well greased bundt pan. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 20 minutes. (Done when knife comeso ut clean.) Cool in pan.

or: 34 muffins - bake 20 minutes
or: 2 layers plus bake 45 minutes plus 8 muffins bake20 minutes

Buttermilk Frosting -

1/2 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine in large sauce pan over medium heat to 230 degrees or "soft ball." Remove from heat and cool for 5 minutes. Beat until it loses its golss. Spread quickly on to cake. This frosts ONE layer. We usually double the recipe.

Don't forget to join in the recipe sharing fun at LifeAsMom, JoyofDesserts, HoosierHomemade, and Beauty and Bedlam!


  1. Your title was so intriguing that I HAD to check it out. This sounds delicious. Thanks for posting it. You are invited to participate with me in Crock Pot Wednesday. I would love to see you there. Thanks again.

  2. Wow. It sounds Yummy. I might have to try this one.

  3. This cake sounds so tasty for the fall season. So glad you linked it to Our Krazy Kitchen's Save Room for Dessert (don't forget to link to us too) Thank you for participating. :-)

    This tried and true family secret recipe is just perfect for Vintage Recipe Thursday, too, so I hope you'll link there as well. It's on my other blog Joy of Desserts. You'll find all the details at this link:

  4. I'm so glad you linked this recipe at Vintage Recipe Thursday. Thank you for sharing your family's secret recipe with all of us. :-) I hope you'll participate again.

  5. that cake looks delicious and I think they know it

  6. Is that two bundt cakes layered on top of each other?

    Cake and frosting both sound wonderful! I can't wait to try it!

  7. OH MY! I am salivating here! no fair!

  8. Thanks so much for linking up to THIS WEEK'S CRAVINGS! We hope to see you again this Monday we will be featuring our "Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes", so come back and link up again! Thanks a million!

  9. Thank you for sharing your family "secret". This cake looks and sounds delicious...perfect for fall.
    Jane (artfully graced)

  10. This is new to me, I love pumpkin but I've never tried a cake with pumpkin. It looks good!



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