I’ve noticed this trend floating around on Pinterest recently, a cake with two ingredients: box of cake mix and a can of pumpkin. That’s it! No butter, no eggs, no oil… I found it very hard to believe, honestly, but I figured, “Hey, fall is here, I’ve got a hankering for warm, comforting cake … why not give it a shot?” I made it, not even thinking how perfectly it fits within our fall theme this week around the blog!
So, it is literally only two ingredients. Your job is to simply ignore all of the instructions on the back of the cake mix box. Mind-boggling, I know. I picked up a spice cake mix from the store, grabbed a can of pumpkin (not pumpkin pie – just straight up pumpkin puree) and mixed it together in the KitchenAid. It results in a very thick consistency that you have to spoon in to your pan. I opted for Bundt (because, hello! FALL) and baked in a pre-heated over, 350 degrees, for about 35 minutes.
While it cooled on the counter, I did decide to pull out a few other ingredients for an Apple Cider Glaze: apple cider, cinnamon stick, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. I simmered 1 cup of the cider with the cinnamon stick until it was reduced to about 1/4 cup (give or take). Once it was reduced, I whisked in about 1 1/2 cups of powdered sugar and vanilla. And then? I drizzled that sugar goodness all over the cake, reserving some for individual slices, too.
The cake is somewhat dense, with a chewy texture and soft crumb.
Here’s the verdict from the family:
Youngest Daughter: She didn’t like the compacted texture, but then cleaned her plate. When I asked her thoughts, she merely smiled and licked her lips.
Oldest Daughter: “This is amazing. It’s so good. I can’t stop eating it. I need more. More, mama, MORE!!!!”
Husband: He doesn’t really like cake, so his reaction was something for the history books … “Holy cow!!!! I think you should make this again to give out as Halloween candy. And then I think you need to make it for Thanksgiving, just forget the turkey. And again for Christmas. And then make it every week.” He had multiple slices, the bad boy.
People. The result: If ANYTHING was a keeper, it would be this. Hands down. Don’t delay. Go make it.
The best part is that, if there is any leftover, just stick it in the fridge because it is so so good cold, too.