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My boyfriend wants a pumpkin cake... how can I add to this recipe?

Asked by poofandmook (17262 points ) September 27th, 2011

I found something on Pinterest that tells me to mix a can of pumpkin with a box of cake mix, and it eliminates the need for eggs and oil. Okay, fine… but it won’t have the delicious pumpkin flavor if it’s just canned pumpkin. I can’t use the pie filling because it’ll be super sweet since it has added sugar. How much pumpkin pie spice do you think I should add? I don’t want to under or over spice it.

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Gingerlaurie's avatar

I would put a decent amount of spice, either pumpkin pie spice or a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove spices. You can even add a tablespoon (or two if you love it, like me!) of molasses. I would likely put about a tablespoon of the pumpkin pie spice if you truly want some good flavour!

Gingerlaurie's avatar

As an FYI, you can also do the cake mix thing with diet pop…..add a can of Diet Pepsi/Coke to a chocolate cake mix, or a can of Diet 7 Up to a white or yellow mix instead of oil and eggs and water. Actually works very well. =)

poofandmook's avatar

What does the molasses do to the texture/taste of the cake?

jca's avatar

Look at a recipe for pumpkin bread and see how much pumpkin pie spice they use, and go that route. I think a tablespoon as recommended above seems like a lot.

Canned pumpkin is very good, so don’t have doubts about using it. You can use real pumpkin, but it’s a lot of work to boil and cut it up and press the water out of it and puree it.

Gingerlaurie's avatar

The molasses adds a deeper flavour to the pumpkin, as well as a slight sweetness.

Judi's avatar

You can put a bunch of cinnamon, but nutmeg is really strong and should be used a bit more sparingly. (in my opinion.)

poofandmook's avatar

I used one box of yellow cake mix, one can of pumpkin, a very heaping tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice, and they came out PERFECT.

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