Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Spiced Butternut Squash Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

I am 'trialling' cakes at the moment in preparation for attending a Clandestine Cake Club meeting at the end of the month.  The theme is Spooky / Trick or Treat.

The cake is called Pumpkin Cake but you can use butternut squash instead.  I made this the other week with Mr & Mrs S being the 'Tasters of the Day' and both had good positive reactions to it.  Neither of them could guess the 'secret' ingredient (i.e. butternut squash).  The cake itself is very moist and very similar to carrot cake.  It definitely needs a cream cheese frosting topping to it and adding orange zest to it gives it a nice twist.

Do try it, it really is one on trial this weekend is Toffee Apple Cake......

PS, the Clandestine Cake Club is a great idea and I am very excited to be going to an event.  Basically its all a big secret!  You join the club (nothing more than a few email details) and then you are notified of events happening in your area.  If you wish to attend you put your name down to go and a few days before they email you with where the venue is.  You as the baker have to bring a cake (they usually set a theme) but you can bring a non-baking guest with you.  You cannot just turn up though as a non-baker.  Most of the venues they hold the events in do not charge but they do ask they you buy refreshments from them (most of the venues are cafe's, tapas bars etc).  The idea is its not a competition and no cakes will be judged in any way but its a chance for other bakers at whatever skill level they are to swap recipes, have a chat and generally just eat cake!...Cannot wait!!

Anyway, this is trial one.........

The recipe is from the Goodfood website (


  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 300g light muscovado sugar
  • 3 tsp mixed spice
  • 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 175g sultanas
  • ½ tsp salt
  • eggs , beaten
  • 200g butter , melted
  • zest 1 orange
  • 1 tbsp orange juice
  • 500g (peeled weight) pumpkin or butternut squash flesh, grated

  • 200g pack soft cheese
  • 85g butter , softened
  • 100g icing sugar , sifted
  • zest 1 orange and juice of half


  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. Butter and line a 30 x 20cm baking or small roasting tin with baking parchment. Put the flour, sugar, spice, bicarbonate of soda, sultanas and salt into a large bowl and stir to combine. Beat the eggs into the melted butter, stir in the orange zest and juice, then mix with the dry ingredients till combined. Stir in the pumpkin. Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 30 mins, or until golden and springy to the touch.
  2. To make the frosting, beat together the cheese, butter, icing sugar, orange zest and 1 tsp of the juice till smooth and creamy, then set aside in the fridge. When the cake is done, cool for 5 mins then turn it onto a cooling rack. Prick it all over with a skewer and drizzle with the rest of the orange juice while still warm. Leave to cool completely.
  3. If you like, trim the edges of the cake. Give the frosting a quick beat to loosen, then, using a palette knife, spread over the top of the cake in peaks and swirls. If you're making the cake ahead, keep it in the fridge then take out as many pieces as you want 30 mins or so before serving. Will keep, covered, for up to 3 days in the fridge.

Try this
Pumpkins can vary dramatically in water content, so keep an eye on the cake towards the end of cooking - yours may take less or more time to cook through. If you're not carving out a pumpkin this year butternut squash works brilliantly, too

I also added a good handful of chopped walnuts to the cake as well

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