A 65th Birthday...
Yes... you read correctly... a 65th birthday. Not mine! It's my husband's birthday today. One of his favorite things... ever... is pumpkin, so that's what he's getting. A pumpkin layer cake with an orange-cream cheese frosting. Oh... and I can't forget the pumpkin seeds!
+ Pumpkin Layer Cake with Orange-Cream Cheese Frosting +
•adapted recipe | Bon Appetit, November 2009
• 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus additional for greasing pans
• 3 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour, plus additional for dusting pans
• 2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
• 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
• 2 cups (packed) golden brown sugar
• 3 large eggs, room temperature
• 1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
• 1/3 cup whole milk
• 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
• 12-ounces cream cheese, room temperature
• 1 tablespoon finely grated orange peel
• 1 1/2 cups confectioners' (powdered) sugar
• pumpkin seeds, toasted
1. Position rack in bottom third of oven; preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease three 8-inch cake pans with 1 1/2-inch sides with butter. Line bottoms with parchment; grease parchment. Dust the interior of the pans lightly with flour, tapping out excess.
2. Whisk flour and next 4 ingredients in large bowl. Using an electric mixer, beat 1 cup butter in another large bowl until smooth. Beat in brown sugar. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in pumpkin. Add the dry ingredients to butter mixture in 3 additions alternately with milk in 2 additions., beating to blend between additions. Divide batter between pans.
3. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Cool in pans on rack 15 minutes. Run knife around cakes to loosen. Invert cakes onto racks. Remove parchment. Turn cakes over onto racks, top sides up, and cool completely. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Wrap cakes in plastic and store at room temperature.
4. TO MAKE FROSTING: Using electric mixer, beat 3/4 cup butter in large bowl until smooth. Add cream cheese and orange peel; beat until smooth. Add powdered sugar and beat on low speed until smooth.
5. Trim rounded tops from cakes. Place 1 cake layer, cut side up, on large platter. Spoon some frosting atop cake in dollops; spreading to edges. Repeat 2 more times with remaining cakes. Spread remaining frosting on sides of cake. (Cake can be made 2 days ahead. Cover cake and chill.) At room temperature, decorate cake with pumpkin seeds. Serve.
TAKE a LOOK:
11/15/2015 10:39:14 am
I was lucky enough to find a beautiful Emile Henry cake pan (?) and saw the above recipe for Kugelhopfs and wondered if I could use my new ceramic pan (?) for this recipe. Truthfully I'm kind of afraid to use this beautiful pan.
11/15/2015 10:49:52 am
Hi Patty -- Actually, the old, vintage Kugelhopf molds are ceramic. You should have no problem with the Emile Henry. The ceramic mold should clean up nicely for you, too. Do not worry about using it!
11/15/2015 12:59:58 pm
Thank you so much. It is so pretty that I was afraid to take a chance. I'll let you know how it turns out. BTW I turned 65 last September and it is one of the most freeing birthdays I have ever had (50 was the best). I figure now if someone mugs me they will be charged with senior abuse!!!!
11/15/2015 11:01:36 am
Happy birthday, Bill! I'm nearly at 65 myself--darn!--but a cake like that will make up for it.
11/15/2015 11:05:29 am
Hi Marcia -- I'll pass your well wishes onto Bill! We just discovered that the cake tastes even better the next day! I need to pull myself away from the leftovers and think about starting dinner...
11/15/2015 01:21:28 pm
Happy Birthday to Mr. T!
11/15/2015 03:29:48 pm
Ah... the 23rd. It's on my calendar.
11/15/2015 01:43:18 pm
Happy Birthday to Bill!!! Looks like a wonderful cake and the perfect weather to celebrate ^_^ Brendan's birthday is today as well! Hope you guys have a wonderful evening :)
11/15/2015 03:31:28 pm
Thanks, Tessa. I'll pass it on. Please tell Brendan Happy Birthday from all of us!
11/15/2015 02:24:03 pm
Where's a photo of the birthday boy eating his cake
11/15/2015 03:31:56 pm
I wouldn't dare!
11/15/2015 07:01:06 pm
Happy Birthday, to one of the most gracious men John and I ever had the pleasure of meeting!!
11/15/2015 07:30:51 pm
Kate: Thank you for your kind comments and birthday wishes. Gracious is a strong word more like something to be used to describe John and you for the hospitality during our wonderful visit to Canajoharie. The awesome cake made turning 65 much more palatable! Take care, Bill
11/16/2015 07:27:45 pm
Happy day to you Bill......a day doesn't go by when I think of the pig you gave me years ago on my birthday. Thanks Bill.
11/17/2015 08:20:18 am
Thanks, Ellen. I will pass this onto Bill. I think of you everyday when I walk past the pig painting you gave us! It is in a very prominent spot in our house. We're planning a NW trip in the spring. Hope we'll get to see you.
Your comment will be posted after it is approved.
Leave a Reply.