Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Cake



The best pumpkin spice cake with a white chocolate cream cheese frosting | Cooking on the Front Burner


One of my favorite things to do on my work break is to walk to Barnes & Noble.  It is housed in a historic building downtown that used to be a movie theater - it is just so cool looking with the domed high ceilings with some twinkle lights and a fun place to walk around to look at books, magazines and maybe get a Starbucks coffee.  So where I am going with this is I tend to check out the latest food magazines from time to time and the new one from Cuisine Holiday caught my eye with desserts and cookies.  I just bought it with no real plan but then it turned out I needed a dessert for Saturday night so I tried this Pumpkin Spice Cake.

I'm calling it by this name but the magazine called it Perfect Pumpkin Bars and guess what - they are!  So moist with lots of spices and a cream cheese and white chocolate frosting.  It also comes together quite easy and one that I think could (and should) make an appearance at your dessert table.

Pumpkin Spice Bars

by Cooking on the Front Burner
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20-25 minutes
Yield 36 bars
Ingredients
    Bars
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
    • 1 cup canola oil
    • 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree
    • 4 eggs at room temperature
    • 1 tbl vanilla extract
    • 2 cups flour
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 2 tsp cinnamon
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp ginger
    • 1/2 tsp cloves
    • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
    Frosting
    • 4 oz white chocolate chopped
    • 12 oz. cream cheese softened
    • 1 1/2 sticks of soft butter
    • 3 cups sifted powdered sugar
    Instructions

    Bars
    1. Preheat oven to 350
    2. Spray a 11 1/2" x 16 1/2" baking sheet with nonstick spray
    3. In a large bowl whisk the sugar, brown sugar, oil, pumpkin, eggs and vanilla
    4. In another large bowl whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and all the spices then sift into the wet ingredients.
    5. Whisk together until smooth then pour and spread batter onto baking sheet.
    6. Bake the bars until a toothpick comes out clean (about 20-25 minutes)
    7. Let cool completely before frosting
    Frosting
    1. Melt the chocolate in the microwave checking every 30 seconds and stirring until melted (about 2 minutes)
    2. Beat cream cheese and butter on high until smooth then add melted chocolate and beat to combine well
    3. Add the powdered sugar on low until smooth.
    4. Spread over cooled bars, cut and store in refrigerator
    5. If desired garnish with chopped craisins, pecan pieces and crystallized ginger
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    I also liked the toppings they suggested - chopped craisins, pecans and crystallized ginger - plain would be fine too but this just gave it a little boost.  The DIY Guy and guests really enjoyed it and I think you will too!

    The best pumpkin spice cake with a white chocolate cream cheese frosting | Cooking on the Front Burner

    Sadly my browsing days will be over at the end of December, B&N's lease is up and they are moving out of our downtown... bummed!  Will definitely miss that place!!


    Another pumpkin recipe - Pumpkin Banana Nut Bread


    14 comments:

    1. You had me when you added the white chocolate to the cream cheese frosting. Oh, my! :)

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    2. This cake looks so moist and delicious, Deb, and that frosting takes the cake! Pinned. :)

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    3. OMG, that cake looks so good Deb!! I wish I had a piece...or all of it right now. ;)

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    4. This sounds SO good! I love that the frosting has white chocolate in it. Pinned to try!

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    5. This looks just luscious! The white chocolate and bits of crystallized ginger really put it over the top! Pinned! :D And I love that you walk to Barnes & Noble on your breaks - that's my kind of work break! I looooove bookstores! :D ~Shelley

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    6. The frosting has me sold! I know my husband will love this too, with the pumpkin spice. Thanks for sharing on Weekend Bites

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    7. I love when magazine recipe finds turn out awesome! These looks great.

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    8. I love trying different pumpkin bars! These sound great!

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    9. This sounds like it would be my husbands new favourite treat. For the last few yrs it's been pumpkin woopie pies.

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    10. Well doesn't this just look like the perfect fall cake! Love it - pinning!

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    11. Yum! That cake looks amazing!! Pinning and thanks for sharing!

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    12. Looks yummy! I am a sucker for anything pumpkin.

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    13. This looks amazing! I love pumpkin...anything! Thanks for joining Foodie Friends Friday. I chose this as my Host Favorite!

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