Sunday, October 14, 2007

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Honey Frosting

A big thanks to Sara (nestie TheMRS0127) for sharing this pumpkin recipe! It's a fairly dense cake, but nice and moist. My husband said it would be better if it was lighter and fluffier, but I think it's great as is :)

What piqued my interest in this recipe was actually the frosting; I had never heard of a honey frosting before. Let me just say that it is sooooo good! There is just a hint of cream cheese, but the honey flavor really does come through. I don't frost my cakes too heavily, so I ended up with about 1/2 cup of leftover frosting.

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Honey Frosting
from Martha Stewart

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice (or 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon each allspice and cloves)
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
One (15-ounce) can solid-pack pumpkin puree

Honey Frosting (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin-pie spice. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, butter, and pumpkin puree until combined. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture, and mix gently until smooth.

Turn batter into prepared pan, and smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool cake 10 minutes in pan, then turn out of pan, and cool completely, right side up, on a rack.

Spread top of cooled cake with Honey Frosting. Cut cake into squares to serve.

Honey Frosting

Makes 2 cups

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) regular or reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup honey

In a medium bowl, whisk all ingredients until smooth.


  1. This looks incredible, and I love the idea of the honey frosting! I'm definitely trying this.

  2. Yum, I love pumpkin! The frosting looks divine! :)

  3. Wow, this looks so good! I really wish my girlfriend wasn't allergic to gluten or I would make this for us right now!

    Great recipe though, I love the frosting...honey is such a great idea here!

  4. This recipe is amazing. I make it every year for Thanksgiving and everyone loves it. The frosting is divine and a perfect compliment to the cake. A must try recipe.