Thursday, August 26, 2010

Harvest Pumpkin Spice Cake

Here is our first 'tweaked' recipe:  Even though they say 'bars' they turn out more like a cake. 

Here are our 'tweaks'
Bars/Cake Recipe:
4 Eggs
2 Cups Granulated Sugar (we used 1 & 1/2 cup Blue Agave Dark Syrup)
1 Cup Vegetable Oil (we used 1/2 cup Grapeseed Oil--> even before this we have never used the full amount of oil called for in cakes as we like a 'lighter' textured cake)
1 Can (15oz) Pumpkin (not the pie filling)
2 Cups All Purpose Flour (we used 2 cups of flour mixture (buckwheat, quinoa, & arrowroot)
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
2 teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/4 teaspoon Ground Cloves
1 cup raisins (if desired)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (if desired) we used 1/2 cup Almond Meal Instead of Walnuts
***We also added Pumpkin Pie Spice to the mix (not sure how much just added to taste)
In tasting it after it was cooked we probably will add a little more Agave next time as well as a little more Pumpkin Spice, but it turned out delicious!

We did not make the frosting so no tweaks there (we didn't have any cream cheese)
1. Heat Oven to 350 degrees Lightly Grease Bottom & Sides of 15x10x1" pan (we used normal cake pan) and used an Olive Oil Spray to grease pan.  We also floured the pan with our above flour mixture.  In large bowl beat eggs, sugar (agave), oil & pumpkin until smooth.  Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ginger & cloves.  Fold in Raisins.  Spread in Pan.

2.  Bake 25-30 Minutes (Because we used Agave which is 'wet' and has an easy 'browning' temp, we cut the temp back to 325 and cooked for about 60 minutes total, but checked every 10minutes after 30 minutes.

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Favorite Substitutions

These are some of our favorite substitutions:
When we say we use Baking Powder we use a substitution
Baking Powder Substitution
Our Favorite Sugar Substitute: ZSweet Natural Sweetener
Replacement for regular flour