Vintage cakes...they always remind me of home! Almost always mixed by hand in a heavy batter bowl with a wooden spoon...with simple ingredients and recipes that have been perfected through the years and handed down from generation to generation.
If you only pick one thing out to bake this fall, you've got to make this old-fashioned Pumpkin Cake with Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting - so easy to make, bursting with pumpkin and spice flavor, and perfectly delicious! It's sure to become one of YOUR heirloom recipes too!
We have a few around my house that just aren't crazy about pumpkin pie - but put a piece of this moist delicious cake in front of them and they are grabbing a fork and diving in fast!
As it is with many vintage recipes, you really can make this in minutes with a wooden spoon almost easier than beating the heck out of the batter with a mixer. Blend it just until it is mixed together and spread it carefully in your glass baking dish or baking pan. The batter is thick and rich, and won't spread much as it bakes. You'll definitely want to use a toothpick to check it for the perfect "doneness" when the time comes to pull this out of your oven. You can also use this same recipe to make cupcakes or a two-layer cake. Pumpkin spice perfection!
The cake is dense and heavier than a traditional white or yellow cake, but this has the perfect "crumb" to hold all of that pumpkin spice. And the wonderful smells coming out of your kitchen? You'll be wanting to make this cake every day just so that your house smells this good all the time!
Swirled and twirled with heavenly Vanilla Bean Cream Cheese Frosting, and topped with cute little fondant pumpkins or sprinkled with an autumn mix of sprinkles and this wonderful cake is ready for a celebration! (I love the little Wilton Fondant Pumpkins - but they're hard to find after September - try Amazon, Wilton or Michaels.)
And it tastes even BETTER the day or two after you make it! Keep it chilled in your fridge and ready to pull out to serve with a tall glass of cold milk or a hot cup of pumpkin spice coffee...
Life is good!