Who doesn’t love fall? Actually, I used to never be a huge fan of fall. When I met Mr. FeistyEats, he was the one who really liked fall and turned me onto it. The days can be nice and warm and the evenings cool. My favorite is when it stays warm enough at night to keep the windows open. I love have the cool air come in while you are warm in your bed. I also love pumpkin desserts. I have heard that the U.S. is again going to have a pumpkin shortage. So I would get thee to the grocery store and stock up. I found this recipe from Tasty Kitchen while searching for a pumpkin recipe idea. While pumpkin and cream cheese are a winning combination, I wanted something else this time. Pumpkin cake with caramel cider sauce? OK!
The finished product on my scratched up cutting board. No big deal.
Ingredients FOR THE CAKE:
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1-½ cup Flour
- 1-½ teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1-½ teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1-½ teaspoon Cinnamon
- ½ teaspoons Salt
- ¾ cups Oil
- 15 ounces, weight Canned Pumpkin
- 2 whole Eggs
For the cake: Combine the first 6 ingredients. Add oil, pumpkin and eggs. Whisk until blended. Pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 325F for 30 minutes. Cool and top with the sauce before serving. I loved this was a one dish cake and you don’t need anything special (not even a hand mixer) to quickly put this together.
Ingredients FOR THE CARAMEL CIDER SAUCE:
- ½ cups Brown Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
- ⅔ cups Apple Cider (I could only find this in a huge jug so now I have a bunch of cider left over which is a bummer or I have to find something to make with it)
- 2 Tablespoons Heavy Cream (I did not have this and used 2 Tbsp. of ice cream instead which worked just fine)
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- ⅛ teaspoons Salt To Taste
For the caramel sauce: In a saucepan, whisk brown sugar and cornstarch. Add cider and stir in the cream, butter and salt. Cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, until large bubbles form around the edge of the saucepan, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to low and allow to thicken, about 2 minutes.
The finished product. I thought that would not be enough caramel sauce but it was just the right amount. The cake was airy and not very sweet. The sauce definitely made it great. I wouldn’t want the cake without the sauce.
This would also be good served with ice cream. Enjoy this simple recipe!
Brinklie on her paw print blanket napped while I put this cake together.