Apparently, Anthony Bourdain's little one and a half year old daughter has the palate every foodie hopes their child will have. She eats olives like candy, munches on capers, and dines on roast rabbit and polenta with nettles for dinner. Naturally, this makes Tony very proud--and me, well, let's just say I feel the need to let off some steam.
How did I end up with the picky eater again? Did I not eat enough beating cobra hearts when I was on my world travels?* Didn't I do my time in the kitchen trenches? It is the smoking?
I think I might like him a little less now. Darn, it so hard, though. If he hadn't made that oh-so-memorable No Reservations episode here in Quebec and wasn't like my favorite celeb chef, I just might have it in for him and his perfect little girl.
Ach, Tony, I guess I'm happy for you.
How to tie that rant in with this super-moist pumpkin spice cake? I have no idea, but I guess if you have a picky eater and want to disguise some squash, this recipe is for you.
We certainly loved it and this weekend I'm doing a cupcake version for my mother-in-law's wedding shower. That's right, we've gone from a jam factory to a cupcake bakery here at UtHC. More on that coming soon.
These are originally called 'bars' but when I hear 'bar' I think nuts, caramel, gooey...these are like a slice of cake and that's all there is to it. The recipe is adapted from here. I know, I know, I won't make a habit of it.
These also make some pretty decent cupcakes, but I bet you've already thought of that.
Pumpkin Spice Cake with Maple-Cream Cheese Frosting
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
15-ounce can pumpkin
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter,softened
2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth.
Spread the batter into a greased 13 by 10-inch baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting. Cut into bars.
To make the icing:
Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and maple syrup and mix again. Fill a piping bag and pipe frosting onto cooled pumpkin bars.
*For the record, I have never eaten a snake's heart, but Bourdain has. He was in like Morocco or someplace. It's a good story.