Pumpkin Fruit Cake

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I was recently on a mission to find a bird bath for my mother in law’s 80th birthday and having not found any my daughter and I decided to visit the farm on the same site and take a look at all the glorious pumpkins they had for sale. Meanwhile my husband and son drove off to another garden centre to look for the bird bath. To kill the extra time we had my daughter and I went back into the garden centre and I found myself flicking through all the cook books they had for sale. The one on Budget Meals by BBC GoodFood immediately jumped out at me and there I found a recipe for a Fruit Cake using apple. I memorised the recipe and wrote it down when I got home. My family is divided where dried fruit is concerned so I tend to avoid using it as only myself and my son love it. Pumpkin Fruit Cake A few days later I was fortunate enough to win a box of assorted flours from Marriages via the Tea Time Treats Challenge run by What Kate Baked and Lavender & Lovage. My flour arrived by courier at 5.30pm and by 8pm I made a snap decision to make my mother in law a birthday cake based on the recipe I’d seen. Having just celebrated Halloween I had a bowl full of pumpkin off cuts from the pumpkin my daughter carved so I decided I was going to use this as I was bored of making soup. I peered in my box of flours and decided the Light Brown Organic Self Raising would be perfect for the job instead of white flour. Then I remembered a box of Sainsbury ready-to-roll icing which I hadn’t used up yet and I had a block of marzipan which had been on offer plus some currants which hadn’t been opened yet. This was all coming together nicely I thought. Pumpkin Fruit Cake I baked the cake and it came out of the oven smiling – so far so good. The next morning I set about decorating it. This is where I got a bit stressed. I had googled cakes and was thinking of doing something on a par with my Fondant Rose Biscuits but my icing had other ideas. I think I over blitzed it in the microwave and my Wedgewood blue turned into cracked looking plasticine – oops. My white had turned into a brick as I hadn’t covered it properly so I was left with all the really bright colours. Oh well this cake hadn’t been planned so why fret over a change of colour I thought – let’s just go with it! Pumpkin Fruit Cake As I didn’t have enough of any one colour to ice the whole cake I had to ice it like I’d done the marzipan – top and sides separately. The leaves were therefore to cover the seam. I think I’ve made a Christmas cake twice in my life and so my knowledge of decorating is zero so this was very much a make it up as you go along exercise. Once decorated I then had the worry that it might  not taste any good. Did people even put pumpkin in cakes, I googled after the event and saw that they did! I surprised my mother in law with the cake when she came round for tea and half apologised that it might not taste any good. I needn’t have worried – she loved it and I have to say it was great. My Christmas cakes were always dry so I gave up making them but this was moist and fabulous. The following day we all went out for lunch with numerous family members and everyone was raving about the cake when we had tea later, even people who don’t normally eat fruit cake! Pumpkin Fruit Cake As this cake was made from leftover pumpkin and ingredients that I had in my cupboards that needed using up I am entering it into Credit Crunch Munch which I run with Fuss Free Flavours and being hosted by Dinner with Crayons this month. I am also entering Tea Time Treats which is hosted by Lavender & Lovage this month & alternately with What Kate Baked as the theme is dried fruit and I think it’s very fitting as my flour came about from my winning entry from last month! I am entering Made with Love Mondays run by Javelin Warrior as this cake is made from scratch. Then finally I am entering the One Ingredient challenge where the theme is fruits of the vine run by Franglais Kitchen who is hosting and How to Cook Good Food. Credit Crunch MunchTea-Time-Treats-Logo-new-2013-300x300               Made with Love MondaysOne Ingredient November 2013

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Pumpkin Fruit Cake
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A deliciously moist fruit cake with added pumpkin which is quick and easy to make.
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: British
Serves: 16 - 20
  • 200g Unsalted butter, softened
  • 200g Dark brown muscovado sugar
  • 200g Light brown self raising flour (I used Marriages Organic)
  • 1 tbsp Black treacle
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Mixed spice
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 150g Pumpkin, grated
  • 300g Currants
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Grease and line a 20cm round baking tin with baking paper.
  3. Mix the first 8 ingredients together in a food mixer until well combined.
  4. Fold in the currants.
  5. Bake for 50 mins – 1 hour until a skewer comes out clean and firm to touch.
  6. Decorate if required.

Pumpkin Fruit Cake

This Pumpkin Fruit Cake is so delicious, go on, you won’t regret it!

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  1. Sarah Cooper

    This looks incredible.

  2. Khoirur Rohmah

    Lovely great cake, sis ^_^
    looks like delicious…

    1. Camilla

      Thank you;-)

  3. kate @veggie desserts

    This looks great! Lovely cake and fab decoration 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kate, even my hubby loved it and he doesn’t usually like fruit cake!

  4. Jane Davies

    This looks lovely, great way to make use of unwanted halloween pumpkins !

  5. William Gould

    I’ve never had anything with pumpkin in it knowingly! Must try it some day….

  6. Maya Russell

    Never had pumpkin cake before. What a good use of pumpkin.

    1. Camilla

      You can’t taste the pumpkins really but it just makes for a really moist fruit cake:-)

  7. Paul Wilson

    Great way to use pumpkin – much underrated in my opinion.

  8. Jane Middleton

    Lovely cake for the autumn

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it really is moist and delicious:-)

  9. Anne Dalzell

    I’ve only ever made pumpkin pie once and my dog ate it!!

    1. Camilla

      Yes you have to be so careful with pets around! Dogs worse than cats though as cats only like meaty/fishy things!

  10. Lorne Bedford

    This looks delicious x

  11. Bev

    Stunning colours!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, a lucky accident:-)

  12. Paul Wilson

    Great use for pumpkin.

  13. Nazima

    Lovely lovely colours Camilla and a wonderful cake. Am sure it must have been so moist and delicious.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Nazima, it really was:-)

  14. Wendy Tolhurst

    I would love to try this cake – I had promised my son we would try and cook with pumpkin this year but, due to a bad back, I din’t get out to buy one. Can you buy pumpkin in the UK apart from in the run up to Halloween as I’m not sure if you added tin pumpkin (which for some reason I believe is available) it would have the same effect in this cake.

    1. Camilla

      I don’t know about tinned Pumpkin, it might work but the pumpkin was very wet and so added lovely moisture to this cake. I have seen tiny pumpkins in the shops from time to time so maybe you can get hold of one of these:-)

  15. Herbert Appleby

    I wonder if this would work with honey roast parsnips for a Christmas theme , what do you think?

    1. Camilla

      No, you need the wetness from the pumpkin for the moisture.

  16. Ben Potts

    This looks delicious! Can’t wait to give it a try.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks – hope you enjoy it as much as we did:-)

  17. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    I always love a fruit cake and I bet the pumpkin makes this one nice and moist too. Fab autumnal birthday decoration!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Sarah, yes it was so lovely and moist. The decoration wasn’t planned but at least it fitted with the season:-)

  18. Paul Wilson

    Nice idea. Always on the look out for new recipes for pumpkin at this time of year.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, it’s well worth making:-)

  19. Anne Wallwin

    yummy! i want some!

    1. Camilla

      Well it’s so quick and easy, make some:-)

  20. Karen

    A TRULY Fab cake Camilla and I am so pleased you liked your Tea Time Treats prize! Karen

    1. Camilla

      I once said flour was my signature ingredient or something like that so it was a fab prize which as you can see didn’t take long for me to swing into action with so thanks you:-)

  21. Javelin Warrior

    Dry fruit cake is the precise reason why I’m terrified to even try baking a fruit cake 😉 But I love the sound of adding pumpkin – and it makes sense that the pumpkin would keep it moist. This looks delicious, Camilla!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Mark, I don’t think I’ve ever made a decent fruit cake before so I won’t be afraid again LOL:-)

  22. Ursula Hunt

    Good use for my left over pumpkin, thank you

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-)

  23. Lisa Williams

    not only dose this look beautiful but it looks tasty to so good to see a fruit cake being used more they seem to be falling out of favour but in my opinion you can’t beat the classics

    1. Camilla

      Thank you:-) If I’d had this recipe years ago I’d have knocked up a quick Christmas cake with no hesitation:-)

  24. Nicola Holland

    Looks delicious 🙂 May well give it a try….

    1. Camilla

      Oh I hope you do, it’s so easy, especially if you don’t decorate:-)

  25. Angela

    I have to admit that I am not usually a fan of fruit cake but that is because I find them really dry. This version looks so moist. It would be perfect for a last minute Christmas cake (because I always forget to make mine in time).

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Angela. I gave up making Christmas Cakes as they were always dry – if I’d had this recipe I would have knocked one up at the last minute as it is so lovely and moist:-)

  26. Heather Haigh

    What a fabulous use for pumpkin and what a great looking cake!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, yes it makes a nice change from soup etc:-)

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