Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Spiced Pumpkin and Raisin Tea Cake


Spiced Pumpkin and raisin tea cake recipe


This is a proper cake.  Like the your best date, it can be dressed up or down to suit the occasion - bake it in a pretty bundt tin and pop a mini pumpkin in the centre, drizzle with orange flower icing, and bedeck it with leaves and flowers for a full-on autumnal centrepiece.  Or, bake it in your trusty loaf tin and enjoy a generous chunk with a pot of real tea to get you through the afternoon slump.  Slice it and wrap in little foil parcels to unwrap on chilly woodland weekend walks...

When you make your last cup of tea of the evening, pour an extra one for your raisins, and make yourself a promise to spend an hour in the kitchen making this cake. Is there anything better than warm, spicy fruitcake gently baking in the oven while the rain pours down outside?

Ingredients: (makes one medium sized cake/1lb loaf)

125g cooked, mashed pumpkin
125g soft light brown sugar
125g raisins soaked overnight in black tea
1 egg
75g soft butter or margarine
200g self raising flour
50g plain flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon mixed spice

Pre-heat the oven to 190c.

Grease (and line if you can) your baking tin.

Cook and mash the pumpkin as described in my pumpkin and scone recipe. Set aside to cool.

Cream the butter, sugar and spices together.  Whisk in the egg until thoroughly combined.

Stir in the cooled pumpkin.

Mix in the flour and when fully combined, strain your raisins and stir in.

Pour into your baking tin and cook for between 50mins-1 hour.  Insert a skewer into the centre to check it's cooked through.

Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar or make up some icing with orange colouring and orange blossom water.

Easy Pumpkin Cake

So which pumpkin recipe wins your vote - the sweet or the savoury?


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29 comments:

  1. That looks amazing! It really does make me want to pop round now :)

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  2. Lovely! and I am loving the photography too, very Autumnal :) xx

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    1. Ahh thank you x (good job I never sweep my leaves huh?)

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  3. This looks delicious, might have a go at this recipe.

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  4. After reading this there is definitely no way that I'm going on a diet before Christmas. I HAVE to try and make this!

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    1. It have TWO of your five a day in it, so it can't be all that bad eh *scoffs another chunk*

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  5. oh my this looks & sounds amazing!

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  6. Wow this is incredibly beautiful! I so need to try this! Thanks so much for linking up to #tastytuesdays!

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  7. now THAT looks like a good cake... LOVE the ingredients and love the styling... also love the cobweb icing, such a fab idea!

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  8. Oh lovely recipe and presentation, an all round winner with me :-). I will definitely pin it on :-)

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  9. That looks fantastic! A proper Autumn cake, yum :)

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  10. This looks absolutely stunning and is the epitome of autumn in my books.

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  11. this looks amazing LIzzie - such a clever and creative cake! sounds yummy too x

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  12. That sounds amazing. Totally mouthwatering! Love the photo styling with a mini pumpkin too, very cute

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  13. Oh yummy thank you need recipes for my pumpkin inners.

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  14. Looks lovely and love that mini pumpkin

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  15. Looks amazing, beautiful picture :) stopping by from loveallblogs hop

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  16. Saving this for when we make Jack'O'Lanterns out of our three orange monsters - there's a limit to how much pumpkin soup a girl can stomach!

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  17. your cake looks absolutely amazing!!! I love the pictures you took too!
    Thank you so much for linking up with #FridayFoodie and i hope you coming back on friday to link up a new recipe. The new theme is BAKED.
    xxx

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  18. Loving this one. I'm sure I can save a few pumpkins from the pigs with the lure of this!

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  19. I have loads of pumpkins to use and this looks like a fab recipe to try, thanks for sharing.

    X x

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