Pumpkin Layer Cake

Pumpkin layer cake

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Based on the same principle as carrot cake, Gizzi Erskine’s Pumpkin Layer Cake marries moist pumpkin with warming, sweet spices and cream cheese icing.


  • 250ml olive oil, plus extra for the tin
  • 100g pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 orange, zest and juice
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 lime, zest and juice
  • 200g light muscovado sugar
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 280g pumpkin, grated (or use butternut squash)
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 350g plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp fine salt
  • 100g pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 100g dried pineapple, chopped
  • 250ml double cream
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 500g cream cheese


Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. Grease the base and sides of a deep 23 cm x 8 cm loose-bottomed cake tin with oil and line with baking paper.

2.     Put the 100g dates in a bowl with the zests and juices of the orange, lemon and lime; set aside.

3.    In a mixing bowl, beat the muscovado sugar and oil with an electric whisk for 2 mins or until fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking for 1 min before each addition, and for 2 mins after the third and final egg. Beat in the pumpkin and 1 tsp of the vanilla until evenly dispersed.

4.     In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, turmeric, black pepper, cloves and salt, then add to the wet mixture; whisk well. Stir in the pecans, pineapple and date mixture, pour into the tin and bake for 1 hr 10 mins or until golden and springy to the touch. Remove from the oven; leave to cool completely in the tin for 2-3 hrs.

5.     For the icing, combine the cream, icing sugar and remaining 1 tsp vanilla in a mixing bowl; beat with an electric whisk until thick. Fold in the cream cheese until smooth and easily spreadable.

6.     Remove the cake from the tin, level with a sharp knife, then cut into 3 even layers. Place the base layer on a cake plate or stand. Spread over 4-5 tbsp of the icing, sandwich with the next layer and repeat. Ice the sides of the cake first, then the top. I prefer a slightly thinner layer but feel free to opt for more! Adorn with decorations, if you like, and serve. The cake will keep chilled in an airtight container for 4 days.

Tips or serving suggestions

Allow 2-3 hours for the cake to cool before icing. To make crystallised citrus, thinly slice the fruit, brush with sugar and place on a lined baking tray. Bake for 2-3 hrs at 110°C/90°C fan/gas ¼ until dry; store in an airtight container. For sugared bay, dip the leaves in egg white, then sugar, and leave to dry. For caramelised pecans, heat 1 tbsp sugar in a pan with a splash of water until bubbling; add the nuts, swirl to coat, then tip onto a lined tray to harden.

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