A moist pumpkin cake with ginger chocolate and meringue swirls. It’s the perfect way to bring in the cooler weather!
Last year I didn’t get a chance to really focus on making a lot of seasonal recipes. At least not as many as I wanted. I am trying to make up for that by creating as many recipes as possible and trying to keep up with the ideas that keep coming to mind. I’ve been thinking about making this pumpkin cake for you since before I even started this blog. It was inspired by this pumpkin meringue pie that I saw on pinterest and I wanted to make my own dessert based off it, but instead making it into a cake for a more dramatic effect. Between each layer I added a generous amount of ginger chocolate frosting which has a really nice bite of ginger and reminds me a bit of a spice cookie. Spice cookies are one of my favorite cookies. I remember dunking them into milk until they became nice and soggy and biting into that spicy sweet cookie. I begged my mom to buy them all the time until one day she convinced me they were no longer being made.
I actually believed her up until a few years ago.
The cake itself is wonderfully moist and has a delicate warming spice to it that isn’t overbearing, but unmistakable. I use my own pumpkin spice mix which is a mix of freshly ground spices and dried ground ginger. (I recently saw a Good Eats episode where Alton shows you how to make your own ground ginger and I can’t wait to try it!) It definitely holds its own against the bold flavors of the ginger chocolate frosting. The outer meringue frosting adds balance and lightness to the cake. Its cinnamon vanilla flavors add a welcome lightness to the deeper spices from the cake and chocolate. The toastiness of the meringue is addictive and adds gives the whole cake a “pumpkin s’mores” feel to it. You almost feel as though you are eating the cake out by the campfire. It is one frosting you will not want to push to the side as you eat your cake.
It took me almost two years to bring this cake to life, but it was so worth the wait. I love fall baking and making pumpkin everything and creamy butternut squash mac and cheese and big bowls of chili with buttery slices of cornbread. Now, if only the weather would catch up with my mindset. It is still over 90 degrees outside and my daughter keeps asking for dips in the pool and water balloon fights and I think “Nooooo, we need to make hot chocolate and s’mores and go on hikes wearing boots and jackets.” Soon, Amanda, soon.
For now I am ignoring the heat and turning on the oven and working on hearty quick breads and candied yams and pies. You can find me hiding away with a large slice of this pumpkin cake while wearing my boots. And when fall does come, I’ll be ready.
For the Cake
For the Ginger Chocolate
For the Meringue
For the Cake
For the Ginger Chocolate Frosting
For the Meringue