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Pumpkin Sponge Cake

Autumnal pumpkin spices and shredded fresh pumpkin flavour this soft delicious pumpkin sponge cake which is topped with maple syrup frosting.
5 from 3 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: maple syrup frosting, pumpkin cake, spiced cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 16 squares
Alter quantities (metric only) 16 squares

Here's what you'll need...

Ingredients you'll need...

Pumpkin Sponge Cake

  • 200 g Golden caster (superfine) sugar 14 level tablespoons
  • 150 g Self raising flour 1 Cup and 1 tablespoon - or replace with plain (all-purpose) flour and add a level teaspoon of baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
  • 1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon Ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon Ground nutmeg
  • 120 ml Vegetable oil ½ Cup
  • 165 g Pumpkin flesh - grated 1½ Cups
  • 2 Large eggs at room temperature and lightly beaten - US = extra large

Cream cheese frosting

  • 50 g Unsalted butter very soft - but not runny (4 level tablespoons)
  • 125 g Soft cheese (eg Philidelphia) ½ Cup
  • 100 g Icing (confectioner's) sugar - sifted 1 Cup
  • 1 tablespoon Maple syrup


  • Sprinkles

Here's what we do...

Pumpkin Sponge Cake

  • Heat your oven to 180°C/160°C Fan/Gas mark/355°F
  • Line your square 9"x 9" tin with greaseproof (parchment) paper. The easiest way to do this is to lie one piece over the sides and base one way and then another piece the other way.
  • Add your sugar to your large mixing bowl and rub any large lumps between your fingers to remove them.
  • Sift over your flour, bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg and mix together.
  • Add your oil and mix together until clumping.
  • Add your lightly beaten egg and beat on a low setting until incorporated.
  • Beat on a medium-high setting for 10-15 seconds, wiping down with your spatula in-between to ensure all the ingredients are mixed in.
  • Gentle fold in your grated pumpkin.
  • Pour into your prepared tin and bake for about 40-45 minutes until a skewer or cocktail stick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.
  • Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes and then invert onto a cooling rack, ensure fully cooled before adding your icing.

Maple Syrup Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Give your butter a quick beat to ensure soft. It should be of an easily spreadable consistency but not runny or melted.
  • Add your soft cheese and beat together briefly on a low setting.
  • Beat in your maple syrup.
  • Gradually add spoonfuls of your sifted icing (confectioner's) sugar and beat on a medium setting until smooth and no lumps remain. This can take a few minutes to achieve.
  • Spread evenly over your cooled pumpkin cake.
  • Decorate with sprinkles or a decoration of your choice.
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