Time is scary.
I used to think that people who stretched as part of their exercise routine were total babies. At the time, I could push my body to crazy lengths and never feel a thing the next day except mild soreness.
Fast forward several years, and I’m no longer that brazen ignoramus. I’ve always been a hard-core exercise fanatic, but lately, I stretch with equal zeal and fervor. If I don’t, my body punishes me. And no matter what I do, that darned crick in my neck just won’t go away.
In short, I am old and time is passing. Thank heaven there’s cake. Pound cake, to be exact. With lots and lots of pumpkin.
This cake is velvety in texture. There’s just no better way to describe its smoothness. It almost melts the second you shove a giant forkful in your mouth. I don’t know about you, but I like my cake that way.
Most pumpkin recipes are healthier. Not this one. Not by a longshot! But it’s perfect for those occasions when you want to try a bit harder to be decadent. If you really want to go crazy, bake this in round pans and frost it. Now that would be insane.
I’m afraid that another stretch session beckons. Sitting at the computer sure doesn’t help those sore muscles either! But in between a really good hip stretch and a super wonderful quad stretch, make room for cake!
3 cups flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 can pumpkin
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
- Preheat oven to 350. Spray a bundt pan with cooking spray and dust lightly with flour. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla, pumpkin and vegetable oil. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk.
- Pour the batter into the bundt pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes until golden and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
- Cool the cake almost completely, and then invert onto a plate. Cut into slices and serve.