Posted by luvbuttercreamI found this recipe on a great site that of course I can't remember anymore. It uses a cake mix and it very good great for fall! I have made it with and without the pecan to accommodate nut allergies. I hope you all enjoy. It goes very well with a Honey and Spice Buttercream that I will also post.
- 1 box(es)chocolate cake mix (such as Duncan Hines Moist Deluxe Devil's Food Mix) 2 teaspoon(s)pumpkin-pie spice 2/3 cup(s)pumpkin 1/4 cup(s)unsalted butter, softened 3 largeeggs 1 cup(s)finely ground pecans
1.Heat oven to 350 degrees F. 2.Lightly butter and flour either one 10-cup Great Pumpkin Pan (available from Williams-Sonoma; williamssonoma.com) or 3 round cake pans -- 6, 8, and 10 inches. (If making the tiered cake, plan also to double the recipe.) Take care to cover all crevices and corners. 3.Place all of the ingredients plus 3/4 cup water in a large mixing bowl and beat, using a mixer set on medium-high speed, until batter is smooth. 4.Fill the cake pan(s). (For Great Pumpkin Pan, divide batter evenly between the two halves; for round cake pans, divide batter evenly.) Bake until a skewer inserted into the center tests clean -- about 35 minutes for the pumpkin cakes; 25 minutes for the 6-inch, 30 minutes for the 8-inch, and 35 minutes for the 10-inch layers of the tiered cake. Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting or decorating. 5.Trim the pumpkin cake halves before stacking together to form the pumpkin-shaped cake. Stack tiers, spreading frosting between layers. To make the simple frosting shown above, whisk 1 cup confectioners' sugar with 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice until it's the consistency of molasses. Drizzle over cake.