Monday, October 14, 2013

Pumpkin Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

Good morning! Did you have a nice weekend? Aside from the incessant rain and wind mine was relaxing. The ugly grey days gave me just the excuse that I needed do nothing but sip cocoa and read. Two books and a huge stack of magazine later I emerged from my couch cocoon to make this scrumptious cake.

I am sure that you have seen a plethora of pumpkin recipes on Pinterest, as well as, every other magazine on the stands but this one is a little different. This moist, spicy cake begins with a cake mix, has a buttery crumble layer and then is drizzled with butter and brown sugar. Easy and delicious!

Pumpkin Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze
Recipe from Heather's Dish

1 Box yellow cake mix
1/3 cup water
1 15oz. can of pumpkin puree
2 eggs
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon of baking soda

Crumble Topping
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup of flour
4 Tablespoons of butter, melted

Brown Sugar Glaze:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 heavy whipping cream

Preheat the oven to 350.  In a large bowl mix together the water, pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice until well combined.  Add the cake mix, baking soda, and mix until just combined.  Grease a 9×13 pan with cooking spray or butter and pour batter into pan.  

For crumble topping: In a small bowl mix together the brown sugar, 1/2 cup flour, walnuts, and melted butter.  Use fingers to sprinkle over the top of the cake.  Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

For the brown sugar glaze:
In a small saucepan bring all ingredients to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Once cake is finished baking and removed from oven, take a toothpick or skewer and poke holes all over the top of the cake. Then pour the sugar glaze all over the cake. 
Cut, serve and enjoy. I think it is best warm!

Note: I did not use the nuts, I do not like them in baked goods. Also, I used a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves to make it a little extra spicy.

This cake is so good, I think it could be served as a breakfast treat, albeit high in sugar, or a dessert cake. It is moist, buttery and filled with the flavors of Fall. Whatever your preference, it is best served warm and with a steaming cup of tea.

Have you been baking with pumpkin or apples? If so please share your links so that we can try your recipes.

I hope that you have a fabulous Fall day. Happy Columbus Day in the USA and Happy Thanksgiving in Canada!

P.S: If you are looking for a little inspiration and a few pumpkin recipes check out my Fall Pinterest board it has over 2000 pins to get you prepared for all of the Fall holidays.

Linking to:
Savvy Southern Style
DIY by Design
No Minimalists There
Lambert's Lately
Stone Gable


  1. Good morning my friend! This is just the right recipe for us now; the chill has finally come and it's FALL CHEZ NOUS! Have a delicious day....Anita

    1. Hello dear friend! I hope you have a beautiful Fall week!

  2. I think you need a bakery!! Or a great baking have too many great recipes to not share them with the world! Looks soo divine!

    1. Tina, we need to host a party together, you can do the savories that I always see on your blog and I could make the sweets.

  3. Just showed this to my daughter who loves to bake and I will be having it with tea later this afternoon! Thank you!! :-)

  4. Oh my goodness, Elizabeth, this looks SO delicious! I had all the things out to make pumpkin bread yesterday and realized I was low on flour. I ended up making my brownies which only require a half a cup of flour. They are going back to school with my son...I am back on my no sweets routine following too many goodies in Europe!

    Have a lovely day!! xoxo

    1. Sandy, I am sure that your son loved the brownies! So happy to see you back!

  5. That cake looks and sounds beyond delicious!

  6. And it sure looks good. Your weekend sounds perfect.

  7. Oh goodness Elizabeth! This looks so good and I'll bet it smells incredible in the oven as it bakes. I love pumpkin ~ it's so good for you too! Happy Monday! xxleslie

  8. Ahh! I can't wait to make this! I will be whipping this up this weekend! Stopping by from the Create It Thursday Link Up! Have a great week! Stop by and see me some time!


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