Teri’s Pumpkin Cake

Teri's Pumpkin Cake web

Before I get to today’s recipe, I’d like to remind readers about my beloved Pudding Hollow Pudding Festival, scheduled for TOMORRROW—Halloween!
Anyone within shouting distance of western Massachusetts should definitely come (and perhaps enter the festival’s pudding contest). This event offers food, music, and lots of fun.
You may come as you are, of course, but there WILL be a prize for best costume for those who feel like dressing up. Sage green homecoming dresses for 2023 can be used as dressing up as fairies.
AND I wanted to mention that we have a winner in the drawng for the book The Perfect Pumpkin. Congratulations to Madge Solomon of Falls Church, Virgnia! I hope to have another drawing soon.
Now, on to a perfect Halloween recipe. This cake is ideal for the season—moist, full of good things (a treat), and a little surprising (a treat).
I learned to make it from my graduate-school friend Teri Tynes. Teri is smart, vivacious, and just plain fun. Her award-winning blog, Walking Off the Big Apple, is the thinking woman’s (and yes, the thinking man’s) guide to New York.
Teri uses her vast knowledge of American culture and history to view the city through the prisms of art, literature, fashion, and photography.
I love to make her pumpkin cake at this time of year and think of her.
The Cake: 
1-1/2 cups canola oil
2 cups sugar
3-1/8 cups flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons allspice
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 cups mashed pumpkin
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts
1 cup raisins
My friend Chas grew this lovely little pumpkin.

My friend Chas grew this lovely little pumpkin.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan (or spray it with Baker’s Joy). Mix the oil and sugar in a large bowl. Combine 3 cups of the flour and the other dry ingredients and add them to the oil and sugar along with the pumpkin. (Reserve the remaining flour.) Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.
In a separate bowl, mix the remaining 1/8 cup flour with the nuts and raisins. Add them to the batter. Spoon into the prepared pan. Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Frost with raisin frosting. Serves 10 to 12.
Teri’s Secret Raisin Frosting
This icing is a bit tricky. It can almost burn if you don’t stir carefully. It looks a little strange and lumpy as it goes on the cake, but the texture of the final product is one of its joys. I love the fact that it’s SUPPOSED to look messy since most of my baked goods look that way anyway.
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
3 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1/2 cup (1 stick) sweet butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup raisins (plus a few more if you can’t resist; I usually just throw them in impulsively)
1 generous handful of flaked, sweetened coconut
Combine the first 5 ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 12 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in the coconut and raisins. Let the frosting stand for a minute (or maybe 2 or 3) to cool slightly. Spoon and spread it generously over your pumpkin cake.  
I was hoping to look exotic and gorgeous in these glasses, like Halle Berry in "Catwoman." Instead, I'm afraid I look more like Gloria Swanson in "Sunset Boulevard"--creepy and middle aged. In any case, I wish you a Happy Halloween!

I was hoping to look exotic and gorgeous in these glasses, like Halle Berry in “Catwoman.” Instead, I’m afraid I look more like Gloria Swanson in “Sunset Boulevard”–creepy and middle aged. Oh, well … Halle, Gloria, and Tinky all wish you a Happy Halloween!

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3 Responses to “Teri’s Pumpkin Cake”

  1. Teri says:

    Thanks so much, Tinky. Ever since we’ve entered this pretty autumn season I’ve had a fixation about all kinds of pumpkin cake, pies and breads. This still is the best. Because I’ve had to watch what I eat lately, however, that one stick of butter in the frosting kind of bothers me. Surely, I could knock of some of that quantity without too much compromise. But if arteries aren’t a concern, I’d say go for it.

  2. tinkyweisblat says:

    I know JUST what you mean, Teri. My solution (and of course I can’t boast about my waistline at all these days) is to share the cake with enough people so that I only eat a teensy slice. It really is lovely but also devastatingly rich.

    Anyway, thanks for the recipe–and happy Halloween!

  3. Heather says:

    The raisin frosting alone was delicious, I couldn’t stop licking the spoon! I never thought I would like anything pumpkin but you have broadened my palate!