This is my own idea for a pumpkin cake, based on my favorite carrot cake recipe.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
40 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch round cake pan.

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  • Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, lemon zest, and ginger in a large bowl. Add the egg yolk, pumpkin puree, and oil; mix until smooth. Gently stir the egg whites into the batter; pour into prepared pan. Arrange the apple slices atop the batter; sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon.

  • Bake in preheated oven until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, about 40 minutes. Allow to cool before serving.

Nutrition Facts

579 calories; protein 7.3g 15% DV; carbohydrates 75.9g 25% DV; fat 28.6g 44% DV; cholesterol 34.1mg 11% DV; sodium 193.8mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
11/09/2009
I really liked this recipe. I loved that is really moist and that it's not too sweet. There's a good balance of flavors. My in laws who are French and aren't used to too many pumpkin based cakes absolutely loved it too. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/29/2008
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I didn't care for this recipe at all. I had extra pumpkin puree (from a can) so thought this cake sounded like it could be good. Unfortunately it wasn't. The cardamom was completely overpowering for my taste although my husband did like it. The texture is not light and fluff like cakes normally are instead it's heavy and dense. I thought the taste was better with fresh whipped cream or ice cream. One more thing the cake was in the oven for 45 minutes before the knife came out clean. I don't envision baking this again but I appreciate the recipe.. Read More
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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 2 stars
04/29/2008
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I didn't care for this recipe at all. I had extra pumpkin puree (from a can) so thought this cake sounded like it could be good. Unfortunately it wasn't. The cardamom was completely overpowering for my taste although my husband did like it. The texture is not light and fluff like cakes normally are instead it's heavy and dense. I thought the taste was better with fresh whipped cream or ice cream. One more thing the cake was in the oven for 45 minutes before the knife came out clean. I don't envision baking this again but I appreciate the recipe.. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/24/2008
This is not really sweet and pretty dense. Nobody has touched it since our first taste. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/09/2009
I really liked this recipe. I loved that is really moist and that it's not too sweet. There's a good balance of flavors. My in laws who are French and aren't used to too many pumpkin based cakes absolutely loved it too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/26/2012
I thought this turned out rather well and I did mess up. I baked at 350 not 300. Perhaps the recipe submitter's oven runs hot or she has a convection oven. bc 300 would never work in my oven! I baked for 40 minutes and it wasn't done so I meant to add another 20 mins on the timer. I somehow forgot to set it or something bc some time later I realized I hadn't heard the timer in at least a half hour maybe 40 mins and ran to check on the cake. Weirdly it was fine. Perfectly baked--maybe a tad dry but hey whatever--and not burned at all. I thought it turned out well. Bf didn't comment on the cardamom--and believe me he would have if it was too much for him; he has before!--and I thought it was a perfect amount. His only comment was that his first bite of apple was a tad sour--I guess one apple piece was a bit much but the rest were fine. So my only advice would be to 1. Remember to set the timer! You might not be lucky like I was and 2. Make sure your apples are sweet not sour. Thanks for the recipe! A nice almost coffee type cake.:o) Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/09/2015
Obediently i baked 300 degrees for 40 minutes then 20 minutes more then jacked it up to 350 and baked for another 25 minutes. After all that it had just gone golden around the edges and just a bit soft in the center. Read More