Pumpkin pie will need to learn how to share the spotlight when you have one of these festive cakes on your dessert menu.
October 09, 2012
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Healthy Pumpkin Cake Recipes
We all love pumpkin pie, but we also love spicing it up. These indulgent cakes are a spin on the classic fall dessert.
Our first recipe is showstopping Frosted Pumpkin Cake.
Easy and delicious, this sheet cake is a no-fuss option that will be one of the first things to go on any casual dessert table. No matter how messy your sous chefs are, rest assured; the frosting is too delicious to worry about aesthetics.
The earliest ways of preparing pumpkin were savory, but sweetened recipes, like the first pumpkin pies—baked in the pumpkin shell rather than in a pie crust. We've come a long way since then. In this recipe, we mix pumpkin with bittersweet chocolate for a flavor that is decidedly fall and perfect for seasonal entertaining. (We think it's great for breakfast too!)
This dessert is simply stunning, from the auburn-colored cake to the luscious cream cheese filling to the ruby-like pomegranate seeds and mandarin oranges arranged on top. With so elegant a presentation, it's sure to impress, especially since it tastes as wonderful as it looks.
The oranges are optional, but they add a burst of freshness to the cake. If you make the cake a day ahead, garnish with orange wedges shortly before serving. You can also bake the cake in a Bundt pan, but reduce the oven temperature to 325º.