Baking with Pumpkin

This past week we celebrated a friend's birthday one day, and I hosted a MOPS play date at my house the next. Both events required some baking on my part, so I turned to one of my favorite Fall flavors, pumpkin!Here's what I made for my friend's birthday:

Harvest Pumpkin Spice Cake

Cake Ingredients:
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Frosting Ingredients:
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup margarine, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup walnuts (if desired)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease bottom of 9x11 pan.
Beat eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until smooth.
Stir in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger & cloves.
Spread in pan, bake for 30 minutes.
Cool before frosting.


And here's the pumpkin bread recipe I made for my MOPS play date. Both received rave reviews (which is saying a lot since I'm not necessarily known for my superb baking skills!)


Happy baking!