Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Pecan Streusel

I love pumpkin! (Unless it’s in pie, that is.) Pumpkin whoopie pies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cheesecake, and even pumpkin marshmallows, but pumpkin pie? Blech. No thanks. You can keep it!

 

Once July rolls around, I start thinking about fall, and pumpkin recipes. I saved this one on Pinterest a while ago, and have already made it twice this season. Actually, the first time was probably in July. Or maybe August. Either way, Fall was not on most people’s minds, but I needed a pumpkin fix. The recipe was amazing, and we ate the entire thing before I had time to take a few photos.

 

Naturally, I wanted this recipe documented here, so what better excuse to make it yet again?

 

I have a tendency to make slight modifications to my baked goods. The first time I made this, I used half whole wheat flour, and half white flour. The second time, I was out of whole wheat flour so I just used all white flour, and used pecans in the streusel topping instead of walnuts. I also used vegetable oil instead of butter for the cake part, both times. (Butter for the topping, of course!)

 

 

Honestly, this recipe is super easy. I make a half batch, which fills up a single 8 or 9-inch cake pan. Plenty for two people. Or more, if you like sharing.

 

 

I had to include my favorite Pumpkin Jar in this shot. Isn’t it adorable? I never put anything inside of it, because I can’t decide on what. It’s handmade by Bauman Stoneware. (Their Etsy shop looks pretty much sold out at the moment, but you can click on their sold items page to see more of their amazing designs. I want one of their fabulous teapots!)

 

 

Onto the recipe! I originally found it posted on the blog Not So Humble Pie, who made theirs with a icing glaze.

 

Pumpkin Coffee Cake
From Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms
1/2 cup butter, softened (*I substituted equal amounts vegetable oil.)
1 1/2 cups sugar
15 oz can pumpkin
3 large eggs
2 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt

Streusel Topping:
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped (*I used pecans this time.)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray the inside of a tube or bundt pan with nonstick spray; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar on medium speed until well blended. Add the pumpkin and eggs and mix thoroughly. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture. Mix on medium speed until combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Prepare the streusel topping: In a small bowl combine the flour, sugars, cinnamon, melted butter and walnuts. Sprinkle the streusel over the cake batter. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for about 15 minutes. Slide a knife around the pan so the cake doesn’t stick when removing it. Invert the cake onto a plate. Then invert the cake onto another plate, so that the streusel is on the top. Cool completely. Cover and store at room temperature.

(For two round cakes: coat two 8-inch rounds with non-stick spray and place a circle of parchment in the bottom. Divide the batter between the two pans, top with the streusel (x3) and bake for approximately 35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.)

 

*As also mentioned, I made half of this recipe, in an 8-inch cake pan. (Or maybe it was 9-inches? I can’t remember offhand.) I baked it for 30 minutes.

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Pumpkin Whoopie Pies and the Approaching Fall Season

Growing up in New England,  I became a pretty huge fan of the Fall season. It’s hard not to love the beautiful changing leaves, bright orange pumpkins, crisp apples, spicy cinnamon, fuzzy knit scarves and fall boots. Let’s not forget the pumpkin spice lattes! Mmm. Admittedly, I’m not a coffee drinker. I make an exception for those lattes!

Even though I no longer live in New England, I still crave everything that Fall has to offer and typically start looking forward to it as early as August.

I’ve recently become addicted to Pinterest, which has sparked my Fall passion just a little bit early this year, as I feverishly “pin” a billion seasonal decorations and recipes a full 9 weeks before October even arrives.

With that being said, I thought I should share one of my favorite Fall recipes. I can usually hold out until September before I make these tasty little treats, but I make no promises this year!

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

Decidedly more common on the east coast, I’ve been introducing whoopie pies to my friends here on the west coast.  These are so good, that I’ve had requests to make them every year for the past 9 years and counting. The spiced cream cheese filling is plentiful. Leftovers are also great used as a topping for banana bread, gingersnaps, etc..

Tip: Use a “cookie scoop” (or small ice cream scoop) if you’d prefer evenly sized, round cakes formed in the easiest way possible; Unless you’re a whiz with the double spoon action.. in that case, disregard the tip!

Cake Part:
1/2 can regular sized (14oz) pureed pumpkin (about 1 cup)
1/3 C softened unsalted butter
2 eggs
1 package spice cake mix [this is literally the only recipe I make that uses a box mix! I should convert it to a regular recipe at some point..]
1/2 C milk
Parchment paper for lining the baking sheet

In a large bowl, beat pumpkin and butter until smooth. Add spice cake mix, eggs, milk, and beat at a low speed until combined for 1 minute. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Use a spoon or mini ice cream scoop to ladle scoops of batter, about 3 inches apart, on the lined cookie sheets. Bake at 375-F until lightly browned around the edges (about 15 minutes.) Cool the cakes on the parchment paper placed on a cooling rack so they do not become sticky.

Filling:
1/2 C softened unsalted butter (you could get away with using less if you want)
8oz package cream cheese, softened
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/2 of a 7oz jar marsmallow creme (you can use fluff if you don’t have creme. Just ‘melt’ it slightly in the microwave for a few seconds first to thicken it)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg

Mix dry ingredients in small bowl. In mixing bowl, beat butter until smooth. Add cream cheese and marshmallow creme and continue beating. Add the dry ingredients, a little at a time, mixing until smooth and incorporated. The longer you mix it the fluffy it will become.

Once the cakes are cooled, spread filling on the flat half of one cake, and top with another cake to make a sandwich. Enjoy! (Don’t be surprised if you can’t eat just one!)