Easy Pumpkin Cake With Creamy Filling Recipe
Autumn Pumpkin Delights
As the autumn sets in an overabundance of colours and hues over the land, it is customary to eat pumpkin in any form besides carving a few for Halloween. An easy to make pumpkin cake with creamy filling is just perfect for those crisp October mornings and can work wonders with a steamy cup of coffee.
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My favourite pumpkin cake of all is the one in mom’s recipe book. She made it without fail every autumn, and I kept the tradition ever since I became the owner of her bountiful recipe book many years ago.
Mom’s recipe does not use pumpkin in the dough layers. Instead, it creates a delicious creamy filling packed with all the goodness this fairy tale vegetable has to offer in combination with autumn spices that enhance the taste of this simple cake.
Why do we love pumpkins?
We love pumpkins not only because they miraculously shift shapes and become luxurious carriages for exploited good souls in Disney land, but primarily because of the excellent health benefits this vegetable provides and its unmistakable taste, especially when combined with the right spices.
Part of the Cucurbitaceae family and cousin with courgette, watermelon and cucumber, pumpkin is over 90% water but loaded with vitamins and nutrients that help the human immune system fight nasty diseases. All this, of course, applies to the raw pumpkin, consumed as it is.
Once processed at a temperature or mixed with sugar, the narrative changes a bit.
This blog promotes a healthy lifestyle and thrives on creating the healthiest possible recipes using organic products and low, unrefined sugar. Therefore, this cake with creamy pumpkin filling attempts to keep up with these principles.
Mom’s original pumpkin cake with creamy filling recipe and my alterations
Mom’s original recipe is what I call the “perfect ten” formula. It does not involve gymnastics if you think of Nadia Comaneci right now. Instead, the recipe requires ten tablespoons of each main ingredient for the dough.
In time, I have adjusted the recipe and replaced ingredients to stay on the healthier side. Therefore, five tablespoons of coconut sugar make this cake as tasty as I remember it from my childhood.
Because I was born in communism and lived under a restrictive regime for the first fourteen years of my life, I remember the shortage of foods and the cards we used to buy what we were allowed monthly (similar to wartime in the UK).
The choice was practically non-existent, so we had to use whatever we could buy and make it last a month until the next card was issued. What coconut sugar, what cold-pressed rapeseed oil? I never heard of these things until communism ended in a blood bath in Romania!
Fortunately, we live in different times, and I am not sure if for the better since too much choice does not necessarily mean safer or healthier. But, because I strongly advocate against all industrially processed foods and am pro-nature, I hope that I stay on the healthy side as much as possible and help others think of their food choices in the process.
For these reasons, there will be no margarine, refined oil or sugar or non-organic ingredients in this recipe. But it is still a cake, and it needs some flavour. Half of the sugar quantity mom used does just that, especially since preparing the pumpkin will require additional sugar. Remember that the flavour comes from the spices, and a sack of sugar will only make any desert needlessly sickly sweet.
Ingredients for pumpkin cake with creamy filling
Organic plain flour
Organic eggs (yolks for dough; whites for pumpkin filling)
Cold-pressed rapeseed oil
Unsweetened almond milk
Organic coconut sugar
Spices (cinnamon, cloves, ginger, aniseed, nutmeg)
Raisins, walnuts (optional)
A pinch of rock/sea salt
To prepare the dough
Preheat the oven and line the baking tray with parchment paper.
Use an electric mixer to batter the egg yolks with sugar and salt until it becomes lighter in colour. Add the milk, then the oil and mix with a spatula. Sieve the flour mixed with baking powder over and mix until it incorporates nicely.
Knead the dough until all the ingredients incorporate nicely and split it into two parts.
Use a roller pin to roll each part to fit nicely on the bottom of your baking tray.
Place the first sheet into the tray, spread some semolina (it helps absorb excess humidity), add the pumpkin filling and place the second dough sheet on top.
Gently pinch the top sheet with a fork to allow any trapped air to escape and obtain a smooth baked surface.
To prepare the creamy pumpkin filling
Wash the pumpkin with warm water and dish wash. Rinse well and dry the pumpkin.
Use a sharp chef knife and a vegetable cutting board to cut the pumpkin as you would for Halloween carvings. Peel the external hard layer off and use a large tablespoon to carve the seeds and the pulp out of the pumpkin.
The seeds have a lot of health benefits, and you can easily find a use for them (in bread baking, for instance, or added to cereals).
Cut the pumpkin you will use into pieces small enough to make it comfortable to grate. Use a box grater to shred the pumpkin on the larger holes side. The same applies to an electric grater.
If you use previously grated and frozen pumpkins, allow defrosting overnight and remove the excess water by pressing down.
Place the grated pumpkin into a pan and over low heating, as if you would make a jam. Allow cooking at low heating the whole time, even if it might sound tedious. You are not aiming for a charred pumpkin and ruined pan! Patience makes perfect!
When the whole quantity of pumpkin is thermally processed, and the volume reduces visibly, add the sugar, spices, and raisins/nuts. Mix and cook for further two-three minutes.
Turn the heat off and allow the cooked pumpkin to cool completely before the next step. Failure to do so will spoil the entire filling for this cake!
While the pumpkin cools, batter the egg whites with a pinch of salt until you get stiff peaks. Add it to the completely cooled pumpkin and mix gently with a spatula until it incorporates nicely. The filling will become fluffy, creamy looking and lighter in colour.
Pour the pumpkin filling over the first dough sheet in the tray, then continue as explained above with the second sheet.
Bake on the middle rake for 40-50 minutes. Allow cooling before slicing.
Cut the pumpkin cake with creamy filling in squares or a rhomboid shape, dust it with powdered sugar if desired (I usually skip this step) and serve with the coffee of your choice.
If you don’t mind the cold weather or live in a milder climate, and iced coffee is your thing, check here for inspiring ideas.
Pumpkin cake with creamy filling
- Mixing bowl
- Electric mixer
- Chef knife
- Large spoon
- Large chopping board
- Rectangular baking tray
For the dough
- 3 pieces large organic egg yolks keep the the whites for the pumpkin filling
- 10 tbsp almond milk unsweetened
- 10 tbsp rapeseed oil organic, cold pressed
- 5 tbsp organic coconut sugar
- 300-400 g organic plain flour use as needed for a firm dough that requires rolling
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp sea/rock salt
For the pumpkin filling
- 1 medium pumpkin or 1kg shredded, frozen pumpkin, defrosted and drained
- 5 tbsp organic coconut sugar
- 2 tbsp raisins and/or walnuts optional
- 3 organic egg whites beaten
- 1 tbsp semolina it absorbs humidity
To make the dough
- Preheat the oven to 180°C/356°F/gas mark 4. Line the baking tray with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix the egg yolks with coconut sugar and a bit of salt until it becomes lighter in colour and creamy. It is OK to use an electric mixer for this step.
- Add the milk, then the oil and mix with a spatula.
- Sieve the flour mixed with baking powder over and mix until it incorporates nicely.
- Knead the dough until all the ingredients incorporate nicely and split it into two parts.
- Use a roller pin to roll each part to fit nicely on the baking tray.
- Gently pierce the top sheet with a fork to allow any trapped air to escape and obtain a smooth baked surface. Usually, I pierce both dough sheets.
To prepare the pumpkin filling
- Wash the pumpkin with warm water and dish wash. Rinse well and dry the pumpkin.
- Use a sharp chef knife and a vegetable cutting board to cut the pumpkin as you would for Halloween carvings. Peel the external hard layer off and use a large tablespoon to carve the seeds and the pulp out of the pumpkin.
- Cut the pumpkin you will use into pieces small enough to make it comfortable to grate. Use a box grater to shred the pumpkin on the larger holes side. The same applies to an electric grater.
- Place the grated pumpkin into a pan and over low heating, as if you would make a jam. Allow cooking at low heating the whole time, even if it might sound tedious. You are not aiming for a charred pumpkin and ruined pan! Patience makes perfect!
- When the whole quantity of pumpkin is thermally processed, and the volume reduces visibly, add the sugar, spices, and raisins/nuts. Mix and cook for further two-three minutes.
- Turn the heat off and allow the cooked pumpkin to cool completely before the next step. Failure to do so will spoil the entire filling for this cake!
Assembling and baking the cake
- While the pumpkin cools, batter the egg whites with a pinch of salt until you get stiff peaks. Add it to the completely cooled pumpkin and mix gently with a spatula until it incorporates nicely. The filling will become fluffy, creamy looking and lighter in colour.
- Place the first sheet into the tray, pierce with a fork to reduce air pockets and spread some semolina (it helps absorb excess humidity).
- Pour the pumpkin filling over the first dough sheet in the tray, then continue as explained above with the second sheet.
- Bake on the middle rake for 40-50 minutes. Allow cooling before slicing. Optionally dust with powdered sugar.
I am also Romanian age 3 at time of revolution. I was looking for a recipe to match the one my grandma taught me. I love this cake so much and very much enjoy your take on it. I figured I found the real one when you told the familiar story of times under the regime and the less often told revolution and it’s bloody unfolding. I had to look at US news broadcast on YouTube to be reminded how it was actually.
Anyway, thanks for the recipe and your health conscious approach. I used pumpkin juice that came out from the sugars to moisten the dough using a little less milk. It’s just bc I ran out of sugar to cream the yolk. Hahaha! I’m sure it will turn out well, thank you again.
Wow, Emanuel, thank you for your lovely words! Yes, you sound like a proper Romanian, finding a solution to everything, LOL! I was a teenager, and unfortunately, I remember Brasov vividly in 1987 and the rest of the country in 1989. What I love now, in 2022, is that the energetic frequency has doubled in the Romanian mountains, raising the people’s vibration. Good times are coming! Blessings to you and have a lovely Christmas! PS. It would be best if you tried my Panettone recipe; I vouch for it;-)
Made this for a family dinner last night and it was so good!
This will be perfect for my get together in a few weeks, thanks!
This looks so good. I love pumpkin pie, I would love to try pumpkin pie.
This looks amazing! It will definitely be on my thanksgiving table this year! Thanks for a great recipe!
I love this recipe! I love the flavors and quality ingredients you’ve included. Thanks for sharing!
This should be on everyone’s must-make list this fall!
Agreed:) thank you!
Delicious fall cake….we loved it.
This looks amazing. Can’t wait to try this recipe.
A definite must-make recipe…love all things pumpkin this time of year! Do you think I could substitute coconut oil for the rapeseed oil?
Yes, I often use rapeseed oil as a substitute and it does not change the consistency or the taste.
That was delicious. I will definitely make this cake again. Loved it!
So glad to hear it!:)
This is the best of fall all wrapped up in a beautiful dessert. Thank you for the recipe!!
I always love your recipes and the personal stories behind them! Thanks for sharing.
I’ve never made a pumpkin cake this way. It sounds interesting! I’m excited to try it.
This pumpkin cake seems so yummy and is a perfect fall treat for snack time.
This quickly became a favorite at my house! So good!
It has been a huge hit at my house!
Ok, seriously …. this will be my definitive recipe for this fall !!!!
Absolutely delicious, thanks for sharing this
That was so delicious. I will make this again.
Perfect fall treat!!
My wife super loved this! We are going to make more.
Thanks for the tip on freezing the grated pumpkin…worked well and made cake making simple too.
I’ve never tried to cook with fresh pumpkin before, but you’ve inspired me to try!
I have never tried a pumpkin cake! This is very timely because I have been looking for recipes to do this Halloween season. Thank you for sharing this x
This is so perfect for fall! Can’t wait to try it out
Mmmm, this pumpkin cake was gone almost as soon as it was out of the oven! Another excellent pumpkin recipe I will be making over and over again. Thanks!
This fall dessert looks wonderful. I really want a slice this morning with my tea. YUM!
This is a really interesting recipe and the finished result looks so delicious!
This is seriously amazing! We will be making this again and again this fall!
yummy -creamy pumpkin filling! so good to have as afternoon snack and dessert
This is such a different type of pumpkin cake with that creamy filling. Definitely have to try this recipe.
Love pumpkin and love this recipe. Perfect for the season as it looks amazing.
I am salivating with this Pumpkin Cake with Creamy Filling it is perfect for this fall season.
Love this pumpkin cake! It really is easy! All the flavors came together nice and tasted just like Fall.
Delicious cake. I will bake it this weekend. Thanks
I’ve never tried a pumpkin cake.. and this looks so yum.. thanks for sharing, I’m going to try it soon
This is such a perfect fall cake! That filling looks unbelievably decadent.
The perfect fall dessert!
I love that this is made with fresh pumpkin! Always better than the canned stuff!
I never used canned in anything! It surely must have some chemicals in it for preservation.
Yum! I am in love with this pumpkin cake! The creamy filling is so delicious! I am so happy for Fall season and being able to eat all the pumpkin goodies!
Is it not the best season for baking?:))
Perfect for fall!!
This is perfect for a Halloween party!!
Not spooky, but surely delicious!:))
The creamy layer in this cake looks amazing. I can’t wait to give it a try!
Let me know how it goes!:)