This has got to be the EASIEST cake ever. You won’t believe how easy it is. There are only two, yes two, ingredients. It makes the most moist, most delicious cake you can imagine. It’s the Great Pumpkin Spice Cake, Charlie Brown! I loved the cartoon It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown! Who doesn’t like the Peanuts characters? Here’s the intro to the show from YouTube. Makes me feel like a kid again. Of course there’s a short ad before it plays. This cake doesn’t even have a frosting. It has an apple cider glaze instead. And the glaze only has 3 ingredients. Talk about yummy! Let me tell you everyone was out of their gourd for this cake. It tastes like Fall in a cake pan. You’ll certainly fall in love with it.
I made this cake and a few other things for my father-in-law’s memorial service in Hammond on Saturday. It was a beautiful service officiated by Pastor Shannon Stringer at First United Methodist Church in Hammond. There were a lot of people. There was family, there were friends who are like family, there were actors, teachers and students. Larry was a Trekkie. He loved Star Trek so we all wore Star Fleet insignia pins. There was one rule-no red shirts because you know what happened to the guys in the red shirts. The Star Trek theme was played on the hand bells. As an actor he often “Hinkenized”. That’s a word the theater people fashioned in his honor due to his bending of written dialogue in scripts to his own will, often for ease of remembering or just for the sake of doing it. Pastor Shannon changed into a Star Trek uniform toward the end and presented her Star Fleet pin to his picture. There were lots of laughs and lots of tears. It was a beautiful memorial honoring the life and the man, Larry Hinken.
It’s the Great Pumpkin Spice Cake, Charlie Brown!
18.5 oz. box spice cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
15 oz. can pumpkin puree (not the pumpkin pie mix)
1 !/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
3 Tbs. apple cider
3/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 cake pan or spray with cooking spray with flour. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, mix the cake mix and pumpkin with a hand held electric mixer until smooth about 2-3 minutes. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack. Mix glaze ingredients, powdered sugar, apple cider and pumpkin pie spice, with a whisk in a medium-sized bowl until smooth and satiny. Pour glaze over cooled cake. Using an offset spatula, smooth the glaze evenly over the cake. Allow the glaze to set before cutting. Enjoy!
Wishing you love, laughter and cake,