I have been promising this recipe to a number of people for awhile now and it even converted someone who didn’t like cake. The muffins managed to tempt (and continues to win over) 3 boys who were not keen on trying pumpkin, and personally I think it can be worked into so many different seasons to feel unusual and special.
Cupcakes were the first way I ever tried to bake pumpkin (excluding a traditional American pie) and were inspired by a wonderful housemate of mine whilst in university. I can’t say I followed her recipe but I have been striving for her perfection for a long time – to be fair she was American so I think it’s in her blood! My cupcakes tended to come out a little flat and very soft. I’m sure I haven’t tried hard enough to find a fluffier variation but pumpkin is such an interesting ingredient I have had a bad attempt.
Muffins were far more successful because I was aiming for a little moistness and some bouncy texture. I used porridge oats along with the flour and these because little orange mountains. I never used as much fat and sugar in these as I would in other muffins because the wet puree compensates; this makes them much better for you and so obviously that means you can have a few more… maybe… sometimes…
Cake has by far been my most successful. In loaf tins and large round cake shapes, this cake has been moist, dense (in a good way) and never too sweet. I combine it with a goat’s cream cheese frosting and sometimes blueberries (a number of other seasonal fruits would probably work wonderfully too) and it goes fast. It has never been a tidy cake of mine for this reason: if it’s warm and the frosting is dripping over it it is incredible and tends to not last for much longer than 1 meal with the 6 people in my household. Piggies, I know!
I eventually got round to writing my loose instructions for Pumpkin cake as a dedication to my wonderful friend, and Godmother to Cub, Susie. I share it with you now in celebration of her gingerness, her sweet nature, and her amazing way to make me (and seemingly everyone else around her) smile!