I was tempted to forgo this week's recipe. I love pumpkin....anything pumpkin. But the almond cake didn't sound appealing to me. I'm not even sure why. I eat almonds almost daily as a "good for you" snack at work. (natural and unsalted of course) But for some reason, anything other than these almonds (that I eat daily), make me think of marzipan. And I guess marzipan isn't a favourite thing for me. Honestly, I don't even remember the last time I had anything that was a marzipan. Perpaps it is a childhood dislike...like turnip. (which I will now eat...but not right now...the stars have to be perfectly aligned and other things....) So perhaps I should give this Pumpkin Almond Cake a chance.
Almond flour? What the? Does this even exist? And I'm pretty sure if I didn't make my own Peanut Butter, I am not going to make my own almond flour.
Silly Baked Boys.
First off, I did find almond flour. (I'm apologize for ever doubting the Baked Boys.) Correction, I saw almond flour but didn't actually buy it. Well.....I was in shock to see it........and I forgot this recipe was up next on our weekly baking challenge. D'oeth. No big whoop...there's nothing I like more than going out a gazillion times to pick up grocery items......meow! (somebody needs a timeout)
The smell of all the spices has made everything better. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger oh my! They are a perfect complement to the pumpkin puree.
Mmm Pumpkin. Have I mentioned I love pumpkin? I love it sooooo much. And not just the taste of pumpkin....no. I love the whole pumpkin. Love the looks and the colour and the association with halloween.
Did the Great Pumpkin show up in your pumpkin patch this year? No? Mine neither. Sigh.
Through the magic of blogging (and yes, it is magic...just like the Great Pumpkin) the cake has been mixed and put in a tin. (and I'm hoping through magic, the bowls, mixer, measuring cups and utensils will be cleaned)
Can we use magic to bake it now?? Can we? Can we?
|Yes. Yes we can.|
It was all going so well. This cake would have been perfect if I had stopped here. But I didn't. I went ahead with the frosting. My apologies to marzipan. It is really almond butter that causes me grief. How is that possible? I love almonds and I love peanut butter. How is it that almond butter can taste so appauling to me? I don't understand it. But still I went ahead with making the frosting.....and frosting the cake with it.
A candy pumpkin...perfect. (well other than that almond butter frosting...oh and the shadow)
Hey Mikey, she kinda almost likes it!
Kinda almost liked it. That kinda almost sums up my feelings on this cake. Maybe a cream cheese frosting would have made it better (for me). Let us never speak of almond butter again. <shiver>