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Pumpkin Cake with Brown Butter Frosting

We first tried this recipe when we made this loaf last year. It's delicious re-purposed as a cake with Brown Butter Frosting and a cup of tea. 

Pumpkin Cake with Brown Butter Frosting
~ adapted from Smitten Kitchen

1 15oz can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup (114g) neutral oil or melted butter
3 eggs
1 1/4 (270g) cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
2 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
2 1/4 (311g) cups Flourist Sifted Spelt Flour

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line the bottom of a 9" cake pan with parchment paper.

In a large bowl whisk together the pumpkin puree, neutral oil or butter, eggs and sugar until smooth. Add baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices and stir until combined. Add Flourist Sifted Spelt Flour and gently fold batter together with a spatula until it's almost all mixed together. Do not over mix. Pour batter into prepared cake pan and smooth out the top. 

Bake the cake for about 40-50 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean and the top has set. Let cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

Brown Butter Frosting
1/2 cup (113g) butter 
2 cups (260g) icing sugar 
2 tsp vanilla extract 
2.5 tbsp (40g) milk 

Brown the butter, then remove it from the heat and let it cool for 3-5 minutes before adding the icing sugar (sifted). Then add the milk and vanilla and stir well.


Shira @ Flourist

Hi Fran! A springform pan will be fine for this recipe! Happy baking!

Michelle Lau

I can’t wait to try this recipe!!! Can I use a spring form pan or will it be too runny?

Shira @ Flourist

Hi Erika! You can definitely use either of those flours here!


Can I swap out the spelt flour with Red Spring sifted or Marquis sifted for this recipe?

Janna (Flourist)

Hi Julie, I would suggest keeping everything the same, but check the doneness after 30 minutes. It will likely quick faster in a bundt pan. Thank you!

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