Pumpkin Spice Cake with Coconut Topping #TheCakeSliceBakers
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The leaves changing colors, the chill in the air...
Actually that's not as much a thing in here Southern New Mexico. It usually stays above 75F through the end of October.
But Fall is more than a season...it's a state of mind.
And so is pumpkin spice.
(I'm sure that I didn't make that up, but "pumpkin spice is a state of mind" would make a great decal to go on a mug!)
It's true, though! Don't get me wrong -- I do like the taste...
...but what I like even more are the Fall-ish vibes that signal the end of the hot summer and transition to holiday time.
Visiting the Pumpkin Patch with my kids.
This Pumpkin Spice Cake with Coconut Topping is the perfect celebration for a crisp(er) morning. It goes great with a cup of coffee.
Like the other recipes in this gem of a cookbook, this cake comes together easily. The addition of pumpkin puree makes it moist, tender, and close to foolproof.
It definitely carries the fall vibes with its cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg -- but it is actually quite delicately spiced. I'm always afraid when I add cloves to anything that they'll blow the other flavors off the palate (cloves are kind of a bazooka flavor). But no worries -- it's *just* right.
And the caramelly coconut topping?
I sprinkled a pinch of flaky sea salt over the top, and that made it even better. (If you are not a coconut fan, pecans would make a FANTASTIC substitution).
The directions called for cooking the topping for 2 minutes. It still looked pretty blonde and I didn't want it to look like scrambled eggs like the last time I made a coconut caramel topping. So I added a glug more of cream and cooked it an extra minute until it was amber colored.
I left out the pecans in an attempt to make the cake more palatable to my Picky Girl, only to be informed that pumpkin should never EVER be an ingredient in a cake.
That's okay. More for Mama.
So give this Pumpkin Spice Cake a try! It'll have you feeling alllll the Fall Vibes ;)
Pumpkin Spice Cake with Coconut Topping
from Little Everyday Cakes by Candace Floyd
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