Autumn Spice Cake Recipe

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One of my favorite creations. I was going to make my carrot cake which calls for pureed carrots, and realized I had no carrots. It's Fall, and what I did have on hand was canned butternut squash puree. The butternut squash purée and crushed pineapple add a subtle flavor and lots of moisture to this mildly spiced cake. Even the family members who don't like spice cake came back for seconds.
Of course, you can use puréed carrot, pumpkin or sweet potato in place of the squash. Have fun and experiment.

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Servings: 18


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  • 2 1/2 cups (12 1/2 ounces) unbleached flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp mace
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups (10 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed (3 1/2 ounces) light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups puréed butternut squash
  • 1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained and most of the remaining moisture squeezed out
  • Powdered sugar or your favorite Cream Cheese Frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9 inch baking pan, then line with parchment paper if you plan to remove the cake.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices in a bowl.
  3. In the bowl of a mixer whisk the eggs, vanilla and both sugars on medium speed or by hand until the mixture looks frothy. Add the squash and whisk until combined. Slowly add the oil in a steady stream and continue to whisk until combined. Whisk in the dry ingredients just until incorporated. With a rubber scraper stir in the crushed pineapple just until combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly in the pan. Bake about 40 minutes, until the edges begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out with moist crumbs, turning pan halfway through baking. When the cake is done, remove the pan to a cooling rack and let the cake cool completely before removing from the pan.
  5. Transfer cake to a serving platter. Sprinkle with powdered sugar or frost with your favorite Cream Cheese Frosting.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 69g
Recipe makes 18 servings
Calories 317  
Calories from Fat 173 55%
Total Fat 19.59g 24%
Saturated Fat 1.84g 7%
Trans Fat 0.47g  
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 255mg 11%
Potassium 41mg 1%
Total Carbs 32.31g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0.7g 2%
Sugars 16.99g 11%
Protein 3.44g 6%
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  • Judy Fisher
    November 27, 2012
    This spice cake was absolutely delicious. Very clever to add the butternut squash puree instead of the traditional pumpkin. It was a perfect way to end a lovely dinner with family on a chilly fall evening. We cut it into small squares and everyone went back for seconds. Also, went well with a cup of tea for breakfast the next morning and my daughter's snack later that afternoon. Thanks, Farrell, for sharing this wonderful recipe. I look forward to trying it myself!

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