Warning: This post may contain content that is highly addictive.
It’s Thanksgiving week and everyone in my family is busy preparing their favorite food specialties. I have one claim to fame in the cooking department. Last fall I discovered a recipe on Pinterest called Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Caramel Frosting. I found this recipe because I was in the mood to bake something and no one would take me to the store, so I had to make something that we already had the ingredients for. I had no idea at the time that this recipe would become the source of addiction for all of my family members and friends. I’m not even sure how many times we have made this cake since its discovery. People have been known to fight over how much each person ate and to eat four or more pieces of it at a time. Even people who think they don’t like pumpkin love this cake. It is super easy to make, so I thought I would share the recipe so that other people can experience its glory.
- 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 6 Tablespoons butter
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Spray a 15x10x1 inch baking sheet with cooking spray.
- In a large mixing bowl combine: pumpkin, sugar and oil and Mix well. Add eggs and beat again. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt and mix well. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until done. Test by touching top of cake, when it springs back it is done. Cool on rack.
While cake is cooling combine butter, cream and brown sugar in medium sauce pan. Stir over medium heat until mixture begins to boil. Remove from heat and cool for 6 minutes. Add powdered sugar and vanilla and mix well. Spread over cake.
I can’t believe we have a full week off from school for Thanksgiving this year! Also, I have NO homework! If I were to make a list of things I was thankful for, that would be on it. In all seriousness, though, I am feeling pretty grateful right now. Yesterday I went down into my basement and wrapped myself in a blanket on the couch and put a fake fire on the TV screen that played Christmas music. In that weird little moment I felt completely content. If you are reading this, I wish you a happy Thanksgiving! If anyone tries the pumpkin cake recipe, let me know. I would love to hear what you thought of it.