New Things! and a Spiced Pumpkin Cake

This week I received my new Kitchen Aid 600 Watt 6 Quart Mixer.  It is very nice.

For my first project with the new toy I decided to make something pumpkin. I found 2 large cans of pumpkin in the cupboard when I moved. Although it is spring, or even summer, across the continent here in the Pacific Northwest a rainy spring has been lingering. It is so bad this month is being nicknamed June-uary. So in celebration of June-uary I made a Spiced Pumpkin Cake – a Martha Stewart recipe.

For this recipe I used:

For the Cake:
4 Cups Cake Flour
4 Teaspoons Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cloves
4 Tablespoons Buttermilk Powder
1 Cup Unsalted Butter
2 1/2 Cups Light Brown Sugar
4 Large Eggs
1 Cup Water
1 1/2 Cups Pumpkin Puree

Frosting
1 Cup Icing Sugar
1 Teaspoon Milk

Spiced Pumpkin Cake

More after the jump….
After preheating the oven to 350˚, I sprayed a bunt pan with oil and lightly floured it.

Spiced Pumpkin Cake – Floured Bunt Pan

I sifted all of the dry ingredients together and set them aside.

Spiced Pumpkin Cake – The Dry Ingredients

In the bowl of the mixer I creamed the butter and brown sugar using the paddle attachment for 4 minutes, scraping the bowl twice.

Spiced Pumpkin Cake –  Creaming the Butter & Sugar

After scraping the bowl again I added the eggs one by one mixing thoroughly after each egg. The mixture looked a little gritty.

Spiced Pumpkin Cake –  Adding the Eggs

After scraping the bowl I added 1/3 of the dry ingredients followed by 1/3 of the water. After scraping down the bowl I repeated 2 more times.

Spiced Pumpkin Cake – First Flour Addition
Spiced Pumpkin Cake – After the last of the liquid

After a quick scrape of the bowl to ensure everything was mixed I poured the batter into the prepared pan. I baked the cake for 55 minutes as the recipe said but I ended up needing another 12 minutes – total 1 hour 7 minutes – until the toothpick test came out clean.

Spiced Pumpkin Cake – In the pan

After cooling the cake for a couple of hours I topped the cake with the icing and let the cake sit again.

Spiced Pumpkin Cake – After cooling

Then we tried it!

Spiced Pumpkin Cake – Its on the list to try again
Spiced Pumpkin Cake – The Ingredients
Spiced Pumpkin Cake – After measuring everything out
Spiced Pumpkin Cake – Just out of the Pan
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