Monday, February 1, 2010

Butternut Spice Cake

We first discovered this recipe in a Fine Cooking magazine labeled "Buttermilk Spiced Cake", however I feel that is misleading. I almost didn't try this recipe because I didn't notice there was butternut squash in it until my husband read it through. We were both surprised and had to try making it immediately. Well, it is simply great and many who have tried it think that it would make a great addition to a brunch menu. The original recipe had 1/2 cup of oil that I have since replaced with applesauce and the cake was still fabulous. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
3 cups flour
1/2 cup applesauce
2 eggs
1 tbsp white vinegar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 1/4 cups peeled, grated butternut squash

2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
3 1/2 tbsp buttermilk
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a 10 cup bundt pan.

Beat butter and sugar until well combined. Add applesauce and beat until combined. Add eggs one at a time on low speed. Add vinegar and vanilla and mix again. Add baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg and half of the flour. Mix on low speed until just combined. Add half of the buttermilk and mix. Repeat with remaining flour and buttermilk. Stir in the squash and transfer into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool for 30 minutes. Invert cake onto cooling rack or plate and cool completely. Mix together icing ingredients and drizzle over cake. Let icing set at room temperature for about 45 minutes. ENJOY!


Jessica O'Keefe said...

Hi Jess!

I met your mom at the Walk Leader training in New Jersey this past weekend and the first thing she said was, "You look so much like my daughter!" She gave me your blog address and I browsed through it - I love your whole/organic foods and natural, healthy cooking tips/recipes!

Just to let you know your blog has a new follower who is also a red-headed Jessica with a passion for whole foods and natural living:-).

Jessica (the Poconos, PA)

Chef Jess said...

Thanks! Great to hear that you enjoy my blog, whole foods, and natural living! Thank you for letting me know!

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