I like savory dishes but every once in a while I get a craving for something sweet. But even then I include spices in it. I guess it’s like my personality! And it’s my husband’s favorite cake……so far! 🙂
- 2 cups All Purpose Flour
- 1 cup packed Brown Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 3 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie or Spice Cake Spices (If you don’t have the premixed spices use a combination of Cinnamon, Nutmeg, powdered Ginger and Allspice)
- 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt or Kosher Salt
- 1/2 cup Canola Oil
- 1/2 cup Apple Juice
- 1 can (15 ozs) Pumpkin (don’t use the Pumpkin Pie mix) or you can use fresh cooked mashed Pumpkin
- 2 Whole Eggs, beaten
Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 1 stick salted Butter, softened
- 1 package (8 ozs) Cream Cheese or Neufchatel Cheese
- 1 1/2 cups Confectioner’s Sugar
- 3 to 4 tablespoons Milk or Half & Half
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Beat to mix until smooth. Add more milk if needed to get a nice spreadable consistency. Set aside until pumpkin squares are baked and cooled.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 15x10x1 pan with shortening or non stick cooking spray. Lightly dust with flour. In the large bowl of a stand mixer combine ingredients of the pumpkin squares and beat on low speed until blended and moistened. Then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Turn out the batter into the greased and floured pan.
Bake 20 to 30 minutes depending on your oven. Check with a toothpick. When it comes out clean from the center the squares are done. Cool on the countertop for about 1 hour.
Spread the frosting over the cooled bars and chill in fridge for 30 minutes. When the frosting is set cut into squares.
This looks absolutely delectable! We will definitely try this recipe out over at Vive La Luxe, and perhaps we will be able to post how it turns out!
Yes, please let me know how you like it. Yesterday I had to keep chasing my husbnad away from the fridge! LOL! I think the frosting is nice becasue it’s not too sweet. I crumbled hazelnuts across the top of squares in my photo. Thanks for reading!