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Posted: Thursday December 13, 2012 10:59 PM
Got this recipe from CakeCentral. Several people raved about it so I went for it and purchased the seasonal Jello Pumpkin Spice Instant Pudding mixes on Amazon. Once I'd purchased 24 (yes....24) boxes, I was committed.
Best cake decision I've ever made. This is a truly phenomenal dessert. Everyone who has tried it has given it 5 stars. It is fairly expensive to make and some of the ingredients are seasonal and hard (or impossible) to find; but it is worth it. This cake is VERY dense and moist and has very little rise. 7-1/2 cups of batter will only produce three 8" rounds, two 10" rounds, or one 12" round.
This cake freezes VERY well. I made two 2" rounds, and froze them for 4 months and they tasted perfect once I decorated with Bunny's Mock Shack.
Some of my Cake Club members have used Dulce de Leche caramel filling, cinnamon buttercream, or apple pie filling with great success. I love it with plain ol' Bunnywoman's Mock Shack.
PUMPKIN SPICE CAKE
One box (18.25 oz.*) of Duncan Hines yellow cake mix
One box (18.25 oz.*) of Duncan Hines Spice Cake Mix
6 whole eggs
2/3 cup canola oil
2 cups of water (depending on your location, you may need more?)
1/4 cup molasses (dark unsulphered)
1 can (15 oz.) of pure pumpkin (NO spices added to pumpkin!)
1/2 cup dark brown sugar (lightly packed)
1 tsp. cinnamon (level)
1 tsp. cloves (level)
1 tsp. ginger (level)
One box of Instant Jello Pumpkin Spice Pudding Mix (hard to find , seasonal item, and can be eliminated, but it’s better with the pudding mix in it--may be purchased on Amazon.com)
* IF your box mix is NOT 18.25 oz., then you need to add to smaller (16.5 oz.) cake mix
in addition to other ingredients:
½ cup flour
1/8 cup sugar
½ teaspoon baking powder
Instructions from original author, DeniseNH:
“Toss everything into your mixing bowl and mix away in no particular order. I bake at 350 until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Fill with sweetened cream cheese, or Jello Instant Pumpkin Spice pudding mix (made with heavy cream and whole milk) or apple compote (pre-cooked apple pie filling). It’s out of this world and I even have photographers at wedding shows hunting me down for a sample before the room fills with brides.”
Yield: 12 cups of batter which will only make three 8?, two 10?, or one 12? because there is VERY little rise in the batter when baking.
Posted by DeniseNH in CakeCentral.com: http://cakecentral.com/recipe/pumpkin-spice-cake
(Go to the link above and read the notes for more tips)
Here's a photo of the cake made for a Christmas birthday.