If you want to enjoy a dessert that boasts the sweet and warming flavors of fall, pumpkin cake is just the treat for you!
The Popularity and Prevalence of Pumpkin Spice
Pumpkin is the star of the show in the fall.
Everywhere you go something is flavored with pumpkin spice, or something pumpkin or other.
The name “pumpkin spice” might seem misleading – are they really using pumpkin in all those desserts and drinks?
What exactly is pumpkin spice?
This collection of spices features a combination of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger.
Why Do We Think of Pumpkin Spice as a Fall Flavor?
These spices can be purchased and used all year long, so why is it that we usually only find pumpkin spice and pumpkin-flavored food during fall?
I love using these spices all year round.
Again, it’s a clever marketing trick where companies offer pumpkin spice products during the high time when fresh pumpkins are readily available in the store.
In 2017, Starbucks reported that its stores have sold more than 350 million pumpkin spice lattes since their introduction.
It’s hard to argue with the benefits of the seasonal approach.
And it’s hard to resist.
Spices used in pumpkin dishes temper sweetness with warmer, richer flavor notes.
That flavor balancing results in treats that can offset a chill in their air, while still feeling every bit like dessert.
Pumpkin Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Icing
My pumpkin cake offers up the flavors you’ll find in pumpkin pie, but is every bit as cozy and comforting.
It possesses a zesty quality that feels perfect for the season, with a cream cheese frosting gives it an indulgent sweetness.
While people typically save the pumpkin pie for holiday gatherings, pumpkin cake can be a simple and fun surprise after a family meal, a sweet after-school treat, a perfect potluck dessert or addition to the office holiday party.
Give it a try this week.