Baking | Pumpkin Pie Spice and Walnut Loaf Cake with Buttermilk Frosting … #fallbaking #pumpkin

“Cake baking has to be, however innocently, one of the great culinary scams: it implies effort, it implies domestic prowess; but believe me, it’s easy.”
Nigella Lawson

Pumpkin Pie Spice and Walnut Loaf Cake with Buttermilk FrostingPumpkin Pie Spice and Walnut Loaf Cake with Buttermilk Frosting. I’ve waited to bake a pumpkin tea cake for long. This humble fall vegetable is entirely charming, so full of promise, yet so underrated!

pumpkin loveOver the years, the season has continued to inspire me. It’s a culinary delight to see the number of pumpkin dishes falling into the inbox day after day. From pumpkin soups, to waffles, to chili, scones, smoothies and so much more tumbling in, it was but natural for me to roast more pumpkin. Felt right!

Pumpkin Pie Spice and Walnut Loaf Cake with Buttermilk Frosting I roasted a large batch the other day. Half headed for pumpkin soup. That recipe inspired my mother to make a similar soup, a vegetarian version. She roasted a bunch of vegetables on the side, didn’t use stock, and yet came up with a winner! The remaining puree was reserved for cake!

Pumpkin Pie Spice and Walnut Loaf Cake with Buttermilk Frosting This Pumpkin Pie Spice and Walnut Loaf Cake with Buttermilk Frosting is based on the buttermilk pound cake which I make very often. I tried to keep it nice and healthy, with a generous dose of whole wheat flour. The pumpkin and pie spice added a nice deep dimension to it. I knew the kids would love it. The boy LOVES anything with pumpkin pie spice.

Pumpkin Pie Spice and Walnut Loaf Cake with Buttermilk Frosting The frosting was simple, yet finger licking good. Quite close to tasting like a salted butter caramel sauce, but sans the caramel. It’s quick and easy to make. Complimented the cake really nicely.

Pumpkin Pie Spice and Walnut Loaf Cake with Buttermilk Frosting As always, it’s difficult for my fidgety hands to leave well alone. I had a rather large cinnamon scroll that a sweet cousin had sent me. And I thought some marzipan art was in order. Despite being rushed for time, my hands got down to kneading the last remaining marzipan from Finla. I had a field day.

Pumpkin Pie Spice and Walnut Loaf Cake with Buttermilk Frosting Making pumpkins with marzipan is no rocket science. It’s a step back into playschool and such a load of fun. I made some a few years ago for this cake with homemade marzipan. I love the way simple garnishing can add a pop of colour and add oomph to a loaf cake. 

Pumpkin Pie Spice and Walnut Loaf Cake with Buttermilk Frosting It tastes just as good without the ‘decor’ but the kids {read young adults} fought for marzipan bits and bobs! I love the slight bitterness the marzipan has. Not to sweet and a 100% delicious.

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  1. Marzipan pumpkins are looking so beautiful.

  2. Oh, Deeba, even the most simple things turn into works of great beauty in your “busy fingers”! Stunning! I remember you making these pumpkins a couple of years ago and I want to make them now. But the cake is fabulous, a great new pumpkin recipe for me, which I love. Simple loaf cakes like this make the perfect breakfast in our house. Another winning recipe, darling!

  3. absolutely lovely!!! wait I show Esperanza (my daugther ) yours cute and Little pumpkins, today we make some pumpkin cupcakes (I think I will post Monday) and she garnish all them and look wonderful!!
    I love your cake look absolutely georgeous!!
    xo

  4. I love everything about this Deeba. Only today I bought a large can of pureed pumpkin destined for cake.

  5. last winter I made pumpkin soup for the ailing father in law and he loved it!!!

    pumpkin is truly a cool vegetable :)

  6. The cake looks wonderful !!! Jus love the cute little pumpkins !!

  7. buttermilk frosting sounds great. I love the pumpkin décor!

  8. Deeba,
    This looks so pretty. I love your frosted marzipan pumpkins and cinnamon sticks.

  9. The pie cake looks awesome…and it looks so tempting…will go really well with kids…
    Thanks for sharing the recipe…

    Peony

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  11. Beautiful photography and scrumptious food . VERY NICE SO BEAUTIFUL I WILL ALSO TO TRY IT.

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