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Pumpkin Spice Cake Bread

November 6, 2011
by thenestinggame

This little “recipe” has been making its way across the internet and Pinterest lately. So Saturday when we were at the store I realized I had a free evening and a Kitchen Aid Mixer that hasn’t been used yet. And since this recipe has all of TWO ingredients in it with an optional third, I didn’t even have to look anything up while I was in the store. (Except I totally did because I would forget one of the two ingredientses (TM Teresa Guidice) and have to go BACK.)

Ingredient #1: Cake Mix. I chose Spice Cake. Ingredient #2: a can of Pumpkin.

I thought I could go the extra mile and add Pumpkin Pie Spice, but I couldn’t get excited about paying $4 for a spice that I will never use as I am really not the biggest pumpkin fan. (Making this recipe an unexpected choice, eh?) So, when I got home I googled it and it turns out it’s easy to assemble.

To make 1 teaspoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice, just combine 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ginger, 1/8 tsp. allspice and 1/8 tsp. nutmeg. Easy enough.

Then I blended everything together in my fancy pants mixer and baked it at 350 degrees in a loaf pan. Because if it’s shaped like bread, then we won’t feel bad for eating the whole cake in 24 hours, which is basically what’s happening.

It took about an hour for the cake/bread to get to the point where a toothpick came out clean. Plenty of time to make a cream cheese icing glaze.

Two ounces each of cream cheese and butter. One cup of powdered sugar. I blended them in the mixer and added a good splash of milk to make it more glaze-y vs. icing-y.

Taylor had the good idea to add a little lemon zest to the top. (Breakfast sidebar: I also like adding lemon zest to jelly to make toast more festive.)

While it was still hot, I glooped the icing on it. I had visions of it beautifully dripping down the sides.

Yeah. Notsomuch.

But it tasted really good. Super moist. Almost like it has pudding in it. And—if you nix the icing—it’s pretty low in fat and calories. I mean, relatively. It’s not kale.

And 24 hours later, we’re down to this.

Might as well knock that out before bedtime. Hate to wake up to dirty dishes.



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15 Comments leave one →
  1. Elaine Smart permalink
    November 6, 2011 10:59 pm

    Funny! Lots of laughs here – sounds like our house with the Nutty Apple Crisp!
    Will have to try your recipe, icing and all. Thanks for the laughs.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 7, 2011 10:48 pm

      It’s not as addictive as cracker candy—which is probably a good thing!

  2. Shawna permalink
    November 6, 2011 11:21 pm

    Whoa! I made this recipe when I saw it on Pinterest a few weeks ago, but the version I saw used yellow cake mix and a can of pumpkin. It was really good, but holy cow! I have to try it using SPICE cake mix and icing!!!! Yum! Thanks for posting this!!! :)

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 7, 2011 10:49 pm

      I saw some people made it into cookies, which sounded good too!

  3. November 7, 2011 9:12 am

    “it’s not kale” … haha! Looks like it tastes great!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 7, 2011 10:49 pm

      Way better than kale. :)

  4. November 7, 2011 1:53 pm


    I saw Kale and the grocery store yesterday and thought of your calendar, actually. It’s a permanent association now.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 7, 2011 10:49 pm

      Omigosh. Totally forgot about Eat More Kale. Didn’t that one month last for like 2.3 years???

  5. Jackie permalink
    November 7, 2011 8:20 pm

    Looks yum! And a great idea to have around for those “Oh man, it’s an hour before I have to leave for X and I said I’d bring something” occasions. Or office Christmas gifts. Just saying.

    But then again, nothing could top your Fruit Pizza.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 7, 2011 10:51 pm

      Yes—perfect last minute (well, last 90 minutes) recipe. Must. stockpile. canned pumpkin. I think it’s a seasonal thing.

      I don’t think I’ve made Fruit Pizza since leaving Memphis!

  6. November 8, 2011 10:15 am

    I’m confused. NO eggs. NO oil. NO nothing?!

    Also, spice cake is my one true love.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      November 8, 2011 10:43 am

      No nothin’.

  7. Erika permalink
    December 11, 2012 8:38 am

    Made this last night, although we just stuck a small dollop of regular vanilla cake frosting on top of each piece. Wonder how raisins would go? Maybe overkill to the simplicity.

    It was very good and thanks for sharing, especially because I’m Pinterest illiterate.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      December 11, 2012 9:26 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, Erika! I have put chopped walnuts and candied ginger pieces in it before and it was really good. I bet raisins (I like the golden ones) would be great too! Thanks for the nice comment.

  8. Redblondie2u permalink
    December 26, 2012 9:12 am

    Love this! I added mini chocolate chips. I don’t think mine lasted 24 hours. Even my picky eaters who never eat veggies loved it. I didn’t tell them it was made with pumpkin. Oops.

    I will have to remember to buy more spice cake mix when Publix has it BOGO free.


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