When the weather turns cooler, the kitchen needs a good pumpkin recipe! This cake does not disappoint. It’s moist, full of spice, and so good you might need to hide away a few pieces for yourself! It’s packed with spice and is sweetened with both white and brown sugars. Pumpkins were originally cultivated by Native Americans and are a great source of vitamins A and C, as well as fiber. They’re good for us, even when baked into something as decadent as this one-bowl cake. Bake the cake in a 13-by 9-inch pan, and if you like to bake ahead, you can freeze the cake right in the pan. As for the icing, use the whole recipe for a generous topping. But if you like less icing and more of a glaze, cut the icing recipe in half and spread it over the warm cake until it sets.
One-Bowl Pumpkin Squares
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 27 mins
- Total Time: 42 mins
- Yield: 24 squares 1x
- Category: Dessert, Cakes
- Vegetable oil spray for misting the pan
- 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 2 cups The Old Mill White Unbleached Plain Flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
Cream Cheese Icing:
- 4 ounces (half an 8-inch block) cream cheese, at room temperature
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place a rack in the center of the oven, and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mist a 13- by 9-inch pan with vegetable oil spray, and set the pan aside.
- Place the pumpkin, eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and oil in a large mixing bowl, and mix with a wooden spoon until the eggs are incorporated and the mixture has thickened slightly and is smooth, about 100 strokes. Place the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt on top of the pumpkin mixture, and with a fork, toss the dry ingredients together to combine lightly. Using the wooden spoon, fold the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture and stir until smooth, about 50 strokes.
- Turn the batter into the prepared pan, and place the pan in the oven. Bake until the cake springs back when lightly pressed and has turned lightly browned around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven to cool.
- Meanwhile, prepare the icing. Place the soft cream cheese and butter in a medium-size mixing bowl. Blend with a hand-mixer on low speed, or with a wooden spoon, until smooth. Add the sugar and vanilla, and blend until smooth, 1 minute.
- When the pumpkin cake has cooled to the touch, spread the icing over the top of the cake, and let the cake rest for 1 hour before slicing into squares or bars.