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Pumpkin Spice Beer Cake

The only thing stopping this cake from being ready in an hour is the cooling time. You must wait until the cake is cool to frost it... but in active minutes (the time you actually have to be making something) you can have this ready in an easy 60 minutes.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings
Calories 538kcal
Author Vintage Kitty

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1-3/4 plus 1/8 cups all purpose flour sifted
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • Pinch finely ground black pepper
  • 3 TB coconut oil, not melted
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup preferably Grade A Dark Color, Robust Taste Maple Syrup
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • Zest of an orange
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin beer, room temperature

Caramel

  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Cake

  • Preheat oven to 325F and line an 8 by 8 sheet baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Lightly oil the parchment paper.
  • Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and spices) in a bowl and stir to combine.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat coconut oil until soft and fluffy.
  • Add dark brown sugar and organic sugar and beat for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add pumpkin puree, orange zest, maple syrup and egg and beat until thoroughly mixed.
  • Add the flour mixture and the pumpkin beer in three alternating additions, starting and ending with the dry ingredients.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out cleanly.
  • Let cool completely.

Caramel:

  • In a large sauce pan, combine light brown sugar, butter, heavy cream, pumpkin puree and salt.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
  • Continue to cook (and stir constantly) for about 5-7 minutes, or until the sauce is thickened and all sugar is melted.
  • Turn off heat, add vanilla extract and stir.
  • Pour into a squeeze bottle to decorate cake. (Alternatively you can place cooled caramel in a heavy zip top bag and cut a corner).

Frosting

  • Using an offset spatula, frost the cooled cake with vanilla buttercream.
  • Drizzle caramel on top of frosting.
  • Cut into 12 pieces and serve.

Notes

  • Make sure to have all your cake ingredients at room temperature. This includes the beer, which for best results, shouldn't be opened until you're ready to add it to the batter. I love these flip top stoppers for fizzy beverages. Pop one on and refrigerate the beer so you can drink the leftovers!
  • You will have extra caramel. Try drizzling it over ice cream!
  • 1/8th a cup equals 2 tablespoons
 

Nutrition

Calories: 538kcal