Recipe

Pumpkin gingerbread cake

  • 30 mins preparation
  • 1 hr cooking
  • Serves 12
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Ingredients

Pumpkin gingerbread cake
  • 185 gram butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 centimetre fresh ginger (25g), grated finely
  • 1 1/4 cup (275g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cup (450g) self-raising flour
  • 3 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cooking salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1 cup (250ml) buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cup (350g) mashed butternut pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoon thinly sliced crystallised ginger
  • 2 tablespoon coarsely chopped roasted pecans
Caramel sauce
  • 60 gram butter
  • 1/2 cup (110g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoon dark rum

Method

Pumpkin gingerbread cake
  • 1
    Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F. Grease a deep 22cm (9-inch) bundt pan.
  • 2
    Beat butter, extract, ginger and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until pale and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until just combined. Fold in combined sifted flour, spices, salt and soda with buttermilk, in two batches, until combined. Stir in pumpkin.
  • 3
    Spread mixture into pan; batter should nearly fill the pan.
  • 4
    Bake cake on lowest oven shelf for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Stand cake in pan for 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool. Level the base of the cake, if necessary.
  • 5
    Make caramel sauce. Stir butter, sugar and the water in a small saucepan over low heat, without boiling, until butter melts and sugar dissolves.
  • 6
    Bring to the boil; boil for 3 minutes or until sauce thickens. Remove from heat; stir in rum. Stand sauce for 5 minutes to thicken.
  • 7
    Place cake on a cake stand or plate; drizzle with sauce. Decorate with crystallised ginger and pecans. Serve warm or cold.

Notes

You need to cook 1kg pumpkin for the amount of mashed pumpkin needed. You can decorate this cake with Chinese candied ginger strips, available from Asian grocers.

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