Now that the leaves are starting to fall and the weather is getting chilly, what we want to do is to stay warm and cozy near a good fireplace. The best thing we can think of to accompany these moments is a warm coffee (or hot chocolate) and a slice of a great tasting cake. In this season, what better way to make a cake than by using as the principal ingredient some freshly harvested pumpkins from our fields.
The season of harvesting and consumption of pumpkins occurs from November to April, however its best season is just after its harvest, at the end of autumn.
It is a fruit that reminds us of winter because it is very sweet and combines perfectly with warm flavors such as almond, cinnamon, chestnut or ginger.
Before starting with the recipe, we want to give you a little extra tip to enjoy this wonderful fruit. If you open the pumpkin in half and bake it, you can just freeze it (whole or in purée) and that way, eat it at any time you wish.
Well, as you know we love every kind of fruit that is orange, so today we are taking the opportunity to share with you this delicious pumpkin cake recipe.
- 400g Baked Pumpkin
- 300g Flour.
- 250g Sugar.
- 4 Large eggs.
- 125ml Olive oil (you can also use vegetable oil).
- 16g Baking powder.
- 1 teaspoon of Salt.
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon powder.
- Orange zest (to taste).
Before starting to mix the ingredients we need to preheat the oven to 180ºC and get a sheet pan ready by lining it with parchment paper or by rubbing some butter.
For the batter we whip the egg whites with half the measured sugar until stiff peaks are formed. In another bowl we smash the baked pumpkin to form a purée and add in the rest of the sugar, yolks and oil as well as some orange zest, the cinnamon, salt and sifted flour with the baking powder. Mix it all up until they are well combined. Once the mix is homogenous we can incorporate the egg whites by folding them with a spatula into the previous mix.
Pour the batter into the sheet pan and bake for about 40 minutes. Before taking it out of the oven, insert a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out clean, the cake is done.