Happy Birthday Pumpkin Cake

IMG_3664 I am the best sister.  .

Yesterday was my sisters 31 birthday. Yuck..If she is 31, what does that make me?( I am younger, but not by much) The ladies in my family have a really hard time with birthdays. We act like we don't care, but we do. We say don't do anything, it's no big deal, but it is. Who cares that we are getting older……oh we care. We are all crazy.

So while the birthday lady who doesn't care was out picking up her darling children, I showed up with ingredients for a cake from scratch..a bad ass bundt pan…and a bunch of beautiful sunflowers. I prepared the batter, popped it into the oven and me and my mr. proceeded to clean her house. Yup…#1 right here!

For real, I love my sister and I wanted to do something nice for her on her birthday. Pumpkin is nice. Pumpkin is not the conventional birthday cake. It's a little different, a little spicy, much like my sister.

IMG_3516All the right stuff nicely measured out and the oven preheating.. I really like baking in her kitchen. She has the best light and a bunch of kitchen gadgets, lots of bowls, plus a dish washer. I miss having a dish washer.

IMG_3531                                         Creaming the sugars with butter and adding the eggs…It took me like 20 minutes to find the beater which was in my face the whole time. I was looking for a white beater. Hers is black.I am oblivious.IMG_3544Here comes the  pumpkin. I added the spices at this point.  (This picture is awesome)


Beat in the flour and milk….and now you have cake batter. I made the mr. lick the spatula just to make sure the spices and stuff were right. He always says everything is right.

IMG_3576Greased and flour dusted bundt pan. This pan is my new favorite, another one of my junk store scores! If you use a  shaped pan like this, really make sure you get every line greased or else… Dusting the greased pan with flour makes it easier to see if you missed a spot. Pour in batter and stick on middle rack in oven.

IMG_3626Pop it out of the oven when a tester come out clean and…TADA! What a beauty. I decided to forgo any frosting. The cake shape is too nice to cover. And bonus, since there is no frosting…didn't have to wait for it to cool. Dug right into warm pumpkin goodness.


IMG_3704Look at those flowers. Trader Joes has it going on.  We looked all over her house for a vase and good thing I found this one. Nick had cut the top off of a 2 liter of mountain dew and stuck the flowers in that. I mean, it worked, but I think the vase was the better choice. IMG_3672And did I mention I am a genius? We couldn't find any candles so I cut pieces of a striped straw and stuck matches in them. Best on the fly candle creation ever!IMG_3713

IMG_3735Left with crumbs… Notice the finger marks in the powdered sugar? I bribed one of her littles with that sugar. I told her if she emptied the dish washer she could lick the plate clean. I am a fantastic sister!!!

Happy Birthday!!

Happy Birthday Pumpkin Cake


  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 l eggs
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 cup milk


Pre heat oven 350 degrees.

Butter a bundt pan or a 9-inch round cake pan.

Whisk together flour, cinnamon,  allspice, salt, baking powder, and baking soda

In a large bowl, beat sugars and butter together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, pumpkin and milk and beat until combined. Mix in dry ingredients and beat until combined Pour batter into greased pan, and bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted i the middle comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes in pan. Remove from pan and dust with powdered sugar.

And there you have it a cake fit for a birthday, a holiday, or a breakfast on a Tuesday morning.