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Cinnamon Maple Pumpkin Cake

Four layers of moist pumpkin cake frosted with cinnamon maple Swiss buttercream

Yield: 6-inch cake

Author Maryanne Cabrera


Pumpkin Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, unrefined
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup whole milk

Cinnamon Maple Buttercream:

  • 6 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups (1 pound/16 oz) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons, room temp
  • pinch of fine sea salt
  • 3 Tablespoon dark maple syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Pumpkin Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 6-inch round cake pans and line with parchment paper. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and ground cinnamon. Set aside.

  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together coconut oil and pumpkin puree. Add sugar, salt, and eggs. Mix until smooth.

  4. Add half of dry flour mixture. Mix on low speed until almost combined. Add milk. Mix on slow speed and then add remaining dry flour mixture. Mix until there are no longer any dry streaks of flour. Scrape down bowl as needed to ensure thorough mixing.

  5. Divide cake batter between the two prepared cake pans. Level batter using a mini offset spatula. Bake for 35-40 minutes until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes before unmolding. Allow cake to cool to room temperature on wire rack.

Cinnamon Maple Buttercream:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together egg whites and sugar. Place bowl over a pot of simmering water to create a double boiler. Make sure water does not touch the bottom of the bowl. Whisk sugar egg mixture until it reaches a temperature of 160 degrees F. 

    Alternatively, if you don't have a thermometer, heat until all the sugar has melted. You can test this by dipping your pointer finger into the warm mixture and rubbing it against your thumb. The mixture should be smooth. You should not be able to feel the granules of sugar.

  2. Return bowl to the stand mixer. With a whisk attachment, beat mixture at medium speed until it cools to room temperature. Reduce speed to low and add butter one tablespoon at a time. Once all the butter has been incorporated, add maple syrup and ground cinnamon. Increase speed to medium-high and continue to beat until buttercream is light and fluffy.

    All images and text ┬ęThe Little Epicurean