Friday, November 13, 2009

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

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Thanksgiving Prayer
For beauty in nature, Your glory we see
For joy and health, friends and family,
For daily provision, Your mercy and care
These are the blessings You graciously share.
So today we offer this response of praise
With a promise to follow You all of our days.
Mary Fairchild

Thanksgiving Day is almost here. As you plan your holiday dinner menu you may decide to add a new dish or vary your traditional fare. Pumpkin Pie is the standard dessert for most families. We love pumpkin pie with whipped cream! This Pumpkin Bundt Cake makes a tasty alternative to pumpkin pie for those guests who prefer cake instead of pie.

Pumpkin Bundt Cake
Watkins Nonstick Cooking Spray, for pan
4 cups cake flour (not self-rising), plus more for dusting
4 teaspoons Watkins Baking Powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Ground Ginger
2 teaspoons Watkins Ground Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Ground Cloves
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
2 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 14-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray. Dust with flour, and tap out excess.
2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.
3. Beat butter and brown sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on medium speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl. Reduce speed to low. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the buttermilk. Beat until just combined. Add pumpkin puree, and beat until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
4. Bake cake until golden and a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Carefully turn cake onto rack too cool completely. Before serving, dust with confectioners' sugar.

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