Friday, October 31, 2008

Best Ever Pumpkin Cake

Like many others, I don't really like my pumpkin cake with a lot of spices. But I do like the fragrant of cinnamon powder but not too much. So, I created this recipe to suit my personal taste. This pumpkin cake is moist and soft and totally delicious. My keeper pumpkin cake recipe thus far. Bonus is very easy to make and absolutely divine.


3 eggs
1 cup canola oil (or vegetable oil)
1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree

1 teaspoon vanilla extract


2 cups white sugar

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tsp. baking soda


1. Preheat oven to 350'F. Spray a 10-inch bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray with flour for baking.

2. In a big mixing bowl, whisk together (A).

3. Then, add in (B) and stir together with a spatula until smooth and well blended.

4. Pour into the bundt pan and bake for one hour. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before inverted to cool completely on a wire rack. Best enjoy the next day.


tigerfish said...

I prefer the savory pumpkin cake :)
almost like yam cake.

Anonymous said...

Your cake look great!!! I don't think I can find pumpkin puree here, it's too tedious to make my own, that's why even though I like pumpkin till now I haven't made any pumpkin cake.

May I know is it necessary to use a bundt pan for this cake?

Beachlover said...

look good!!I like the flute shape pan. I'm also not a pumpkin lover but hubby die hard fan of pumpkin pie.May I have a piece pls:))

Anonymous said...

It looks cute! I haven't really tried making a pumpkin cake before but I'm tempted to try one out for this thanksgiving :)

Jo said...

This cake looks great. Years ago I tried out a pumpkin and date cake recipe, it was delicious. Unfortunately I cannot find back that recipe ... :(

@ GiGi House of Beauty said...

i dun hv bundt pan, can i use normal round cake pan??

Jodi said...

I just stumbled upon your blog. You have a lot of delicious looking recipes!

I'm from Colorado too!

Noob Cook said...

Your pumpkin cake even resembles shape & colour of pumpkin! hehe ... so cute!

Unknown said...

wow, i am your exact opposite! I cant get enough cinnamon heheheh sprinkle sprinkle little star :)

teatea said...

Your pumpkin cake looks yummy and moist.
Btw, whats the difference between vanilla extract and vanilla essence?

Anonymous said...


I tried this recipe today. However, It did not look as good as yours. I have no idea what did I do wrong! I followed everything as you instructed. But my cake appear like 'kueh'. Recently, I've been baking a number of cakes but all very unsuccessful! Every cake is the same. It also come out like kueh not cake! Please advise where did I go wrong.

Thanks for sharing the recipe (:

Charmaine said...

The cake looks yummy. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Going to give it a try.
Happy Halloween!

ICook4Fun said...

I always like pumpkin. I don't mind having a slice or two now :)

Little Corner of Mine said...

Hmmm Tigerfish, I never had a savory pumpkin cake before, curious how it tastes like.

Thanks let's masak. No, it's not necessary to use a bundt pan. Just that you need to adjust the baking time according to the pan used.

Thanks beachlover. I'm not a fan of pumpkin pie but I loveeee pumpkin cake. Hehe..

Linnie, yes you should, I think pumpkin cake is yummy.

Thanks Jo. Too bad huh? I also couldn't find my old cookbook that I copied by hand. :(

Gigi, yes you can but you probably need two round pans and adjust your baking time.

Thanks Jodi and welcome to my blog. :)

Thanks noobcook.

Hehe Rita.

Teatea, to me pure vanilla extract is the real deal. And vanilla essence has less flavor. So, always go for the 100% pure vanilla extract when baking. You can read more on wikipedia.

Hi Janet, definitely did something wrong. Do you think you over mixed the batter? It happened to me once when I made a banana cake, the texture turned out like kueh and I totally hated it. Frankly I don't really know what exactly went wrong, but try not to over mix or over beat the batter next time and see what happen. Good luck!

You are welcome Charming. Hope you like it just like we do. :)

Help yourself Gert. :) I need to stock up on the pumpkin puree when it's go on sale again.

Anonymous said...

This looks delicious. I'm so tempted to go out and buy a pumpkin right now and do my own puree.

Lori said...

wow, that cake is picture perfect. I so love pumpkin. I will make this, this weekend!

Big Boys Oven said...

one look i know it is gorgeous, two look it is already gone! that shows how delicious this pumpkin cake of yours! :)

SIG said...

I agree with tigerfish, I love savoury too, never tried sweet pumpkin cake. I suppose it's not big here in our part of the world.

Jin Hooi said...

hmm.. We don't have pumpkin puree here in Australia so ... i will have to give this yummy recipe a miss .. D'oh !!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Thanks cooking ninja. This cake is really good, I can't wait for the can pumpkin puree to go on sales.

Cool Lori, hope you like it too!

Thanks BBOven! :)

How strange huh Sig? I only know savory pumpkin soup. :P

Jin hooi, too bad huh? But I find it strange that Australia doesn't have can pumpkin puree.

Dwiana P said...

Happy Halloween.... your pumpkin cake look absolutely yummy.

Anonymous said...

do you have any recipes for your kids too? I have rather fussy eaters here and wish there is a way to get them to eat everyday!!


Little Corner of Mine said...

Thanks Dwiana.

Sorry Angie, I don't have a special recipe for my kids, they eat what we eat. The only special thing I cook for them is the macaroni & cheese plus a can of tuna. What about Udon with fish balls?

Family First said...

Still looks really good wor!

Baking Fiend said...

wow.. the cake really loos good! i've never tried baking with pumpkin before... looks like hightime i give it a try!

Retno Prihadana said...

I want a slice, looks so tempting.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Thanks family first. It's delicious too. :)

Baking fiend, you should! I'm in love with pumpkin cake. Even my two girls totally adore it.

Help yourself retno, if there is still any left. :P :D

Bits said...

Hi, I would like to try out this recipe. But, looking at the ingredients, you didn't use any baking powder or soda. Will the cake rise nicely? Just to assure. Tks!

Anonymous said...


It's ok, my kids are rather diverse in their taste. One ok abt noodles but no bread, one only wants rice/bread, etc etc.

How much portion do you cook for them?

My 22months old seems to eat quite little...

And how do u get them to eat by themselves? My older one will take forever and my little one will start playing playdoh with her food.


Little Corner of Mine said...

Bits of life n taste,
Thanks so much for noticing my error. I forgot to type the 1 tsp. of baking soda for this recipe. I have corrected my mistake.

Hmmm...I'm not sure how much portion to give, I just give the elder one slightly more than the little one. LOL! According to the science, their stomach is the size of their fist, so just give slightly more than that.

As for how to make them to finish their meal, I used reward. Either reward with fruit or chocolate. :P But one thing for sure, they wouldn't stave themselves, if they couldn't finish one meal, then they will eat in the next meal. Yes, they certainly take their time to finish their meal (unlike us adult eat so fast), so both of them eat together.

angie said...

thanks for yr tips!

Really appreciate u answering my queries despite it not being very relevant to yr entry!


Little Corner of Mine said...

No problem Angie. :)

Bits said...

Hey! you are most welcome... I guess now I can start trying this recipe!

Cathy said...

Thanks for updating with the baking soda. I was wondering why mine was a little dense. It still tasted good although I did add some spices to it.

Anonymous said...

Hi, I stumbled upon your blog and tried this recipe. Although it turned out more like 'kuih' it was delicious! I added cream cheese topping and it was a hit with my family. I will follow your advise not to over-beat the batter the next time. Thanks for the recipe!

Little Corner of Mine said...

You're welcome Cathy and moonstone. Glad you like it.

Anonymous said...

Like the cake a lot ! Drool, drool, drool !

I like pumpkin as much as I like sweet potato. Sometimes I just slice, steam and take as snacks, really healthy snacks

Jackie said...

We love pumpkin, thanks for sharing another way of eating pumpkin.

Have u try putting pumpkin, cut in cube sized and cook together with white porridge ? It's yummy !!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Jackie, I have tried pumpkin in porridge at a Taiwanese restaurant while vacationing in Malaysia. It was very good indeed, sweet and filling. But I never make it myself as I don't buy fresh pumpkin. I can substitute it with sweet potatoes though. :)

Jackie said...


While using any pumpkin, i will always keep the seeds, my girl loves them as tibits, jus boil them for a while, and we will have healthy snack.

I wil be baking this pumpkin cake later this afternoon when my girl is back from school, she is my baking budddy, a good helper in the kitchen.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Jackie, so how you like it?

Jackie said...


I baked it, my first pumpkin cake, the taste was there, but it doesnt look like yurs, so nice, it kind of "kueh" texture.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Kuih like? Not sure whether using fresh and canned pumpkin play a role in it or not. But as long as you like it, it's the most important. Thanks for the feedback!

Jackie said...

Thank u you !