Tuesday, November 17, 2009

All in One Holiday Cake with Maple Icing

Welcome to Tuesdays with Dorie, the day in which our weekly online baking club creates a Dorie Greenspan sweet. I'd been waiting for this recipe because it appeals to my gobbling greediness. If you're a glutton for the flavors of pumpkin, apple, pecans, and cranberries mingled with the warm autumn spices of cinnamon, ginger, and cloves, then this is the recipe for you. When the Thanksgiving smells of this cake come wafting through the house, you'll feel like singing "Over the River and Through the Woods." And you might even start tap dancing too. Just warning you.You won't be able to stop yourself and it'll put you right in the holiday spirits. And that's even before you take your first heavenly bite. If you can wait, it's even better the next day.
I made it almost exactly as written, but reduced to a half batch in a five inch cake pan, and smothered it with a maple icing. (Click here for the recipe.) I also did leave out the cranberries, simply because I didn't have any on hand. Did I ever tell you that I'm categorically opposed to running to the market for that one missing item? I just won't do it! It has forced me to become a master substituter and omitter....and borrower too. Thankfully I have generous neighbors who are only too happy to lend a missing ingredient in exchange for a slice or two of the finished product.
Have a wonderful day, dear readers. Did you know that Tuesday is the most productive day of the week? So while you're busy being productive, would you kindly remember to head over the river and through the woods to the French's website and vote again for my recipe? Thank you, thank you, thank you.
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15 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

Love your take on that cake (Ha! I rhyme. Fancy that).

Amanda said...

Oh man that icing is to die for! I made this a couple of weeks ago and loved it :) This week I made the crisps and they were oh so yum!

Oh, and the pumpkin pie was fab, will give you a link when I blog it ;)

chocolatechic said...

I made this this week too.

I added a wee bit of cream cheese to my frosting.

My Sister's Kitchen said...

I have this page bookmarked to make sometime during the holidays. Looks delicious.

The Japanese Redneck said...

That icing is making me want to go get a candy bar right now.

It looks wonderful.

Britin said...

YEAH! It looks super yummy!

Emily Rose said...

I thought this was such a wonderful cake- so moist and flavorful. I have to try your maple icing, it looks divine! I am just like you about running to the store for one thing. I try to go to the store once every 10 days and get everything!

HoneyB said...

Looks so tempting - it totally draws me right in! I'll be trying this one out! Love that icing! Also, I am like you - I am not tempted to run to the store for one missing item!

Katrina said...

Great looking cake! We loved this one. I love that you broke out of the bundt cake "mold" just to be different, well, and to make it smaller. ;)

Brent and Tracie said...

Is there are large difference between a bundt pan and a round cake pan? Looks delicious.

Prudy said...

Brent and Tracie:
A Bundt pan holds about the same as two nine inch cake pan. I used a five inch cake pan for a half batch, but my cake was very tall, almost three inches. Good luck!

jillbert said...

It looks delicious! The cranberries were great in this cake, but I also don't go to the store for just one ingredient.

Michal said...

i wish to be your neighbor for more reasons than just your food (but your food would be a great bonus.):)

Flourchild said...

Wow the cake looks so good with all that frosting on top! I love it!

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