I made this cake for a church meeting/luncheon we had today. Wouldn't you know it, my friend, Cobi was in charge of bringing a dessert as well and she brought the exact same cake! Except hers was a Paula Deen recipe and mine was Martha Stewart! Everyone sampled a mini slice from each cake and everyone agreed they were equally delicious. I wish I could link to the Paula Deen recipe, but was unable to find it online. I highly recommend both if you happen upon the Paula Deen recipe. I'm sharing the Martha pumpkin spice cake recipe below. The frosting is my own spin-- I added a little sour cream to my cream cheese frosting this time and I loved the result. Enjoy!
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more to grease the pan
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice (or 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon ground clove)
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 15oz can solid pack pumpkin puree
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 inch square baking pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, pumpkin puree and melted butter. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and mix gently until smooth.
Turn batter into baking pan and smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a just a few moist crumbs attached, 45-50 minutes. Cool cake 10 minutes in pan, then turn it out right side up on a rack.
Make the frosting:
1/2 cup (1 stick), room temp
8oz cream cheese, room temp
2 teaspoons sour cream
1 1lb bag powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Cream together butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy. Leaving mixer on low, add in powdered sugar. When the powdered sugar is incorporated, add vanilla and sour cream. Whip until blended and smooth. The consistency should be near perfect, but if it is too stiff you can always add a little more sour cream to thin it.
Frost cooled cake with cream cheese frosting. Cut into squares and enjoy!
images by Briana