I recently realised how much I like to cook and I decided to make an online collection of recipes I've collected and tried. These are all pretty easy, and I have made many of them while watching a toddler, or at least during nap time.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Spiced Pumpkin Cake

1 package yellow cake mix
1 package (4-serving size) instant vanilla pudding mix
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup water
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Beat all ingredients, except frosting, in large bowl with electric mixer on low speed just until moistened. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes or until well blended.

Pour into greased and floured 13x9-inch baking pan.

Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack. Spread with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting.


1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1/4 teaspoon cloves (optional--also great with plain frosting)

1 pound powdered sugar (about 4 cups), beating until well blended

beat cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and cloves. add sugar gradually until well blended. spread on cooled cake.

This cake freezes well. Pop a few slices in the freezer for later!

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