Thanks to this Pumpkin Snack Cake, I've also found that I prefer butter to oil when baking with pumpkin. I realize most people would choose butter over oil, given the choice, but this cake really exemplified that for me. It lends an extra richness to the cake that I just don't think oil provides.
With those 2 nuggets of information, I present to you one heck of a great cake! I have made many iterations similar to this one but for whatever reason, this one ranks among the best. It's the perfect sweetness, texture, and flavor. Colin and I ate the entire pan of this, with the exception of 3 pieces that we gave away. Delicious!
Pumpkin Snack Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
adapted from First Look Then Cook (originally from Cooking Light)
- 10.1 ounces white/wheat blend flour (about 2 1/4 cups)
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree (or butternut squash)
- Cooking spray
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 (8-ounce) package 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
- 1 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°.
To prepare cake, weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.
Combine both sugars, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, to sugar mixture; beat well after each addition. Add pumpkin; mix well. Fold in flour mixture. Spread batter into a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
To prepare the frosting, beat cream cheese and vanilla with a mixer at medium speed until combined. Gradually add the powdered sugar and cinnamon, beating until well combined. Spread frosting evenly over top of cake.