My Pumpkin Crunch Cake is the original version
that you see all over the internet. And believe me when I tell you it will be the best cake you’ve ever tasted! In fact, your family and friends will verify that statement when you serve it to them.IngredientsCrunch Topping
3 Cups (450 g) walnuts, finely chopped
3 Cups (360 g) vanilla wafers (about 75 cookies)
3 Cups (540 g) brown sugar
8 oz (184 g) butterPumpkin Crunch Cake
1¼ (250 g) cup sugar
6 oz (168 g) softened butter
1 16 oz (425 g) can solid pack pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
2½ ( 300 g) Cups flour
½ Cup (96 g) Greek yogurt
1 Tablespoon (15 ml) pure vanilla
1 Tablespoon (15 g) pumpkin pie spice
2¼ Teaspoons( 12 g) baking powder
¾ Teaspoon (4 g) baking soda
½ Teaspoon (2.5) Salt
4 Large EggsCream Cheese Frosting
16 oz (454 g) cream cheese
8 oz (227 g) mascarpone (or cream cheese)8 oz (227 g) softened butter2 cups (150 g) confectioners sugar1 Tablespoon (15 ml) pure vanilla*InstructionsCrunch Topping
In a food processor, pulse cookies to a fine crumb
Then Pulse walnuts to a fine chop
Add in Brown Sugar and mix well.
Add in Melted Butter and blend together.
Divide mixture into 4 Coated Cake Pans (One very full cup per pan), pressing into bottom and spreading it evenly into the cake pans. Reserve about 2 cups of the mixture which will be baked to use on the sides of the cake.
Set pans aside and begin cake.
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees.Pumpkin Cake
In your mixer beat sugar and butter for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy, scraping down the bowl frequently .
Add In Pumpkin and all the rest of the ingredients, except the eggs. Mix just until blended.
Add in the Eggs, one at a time just until blended.
Divide batter equally into your 4 prepared cake pans, smooth it out and make it as even as possible in the pan.
Place remaining crunch mixture in another cake pan or pie dish and allow to bake for the same amount of time as the cakes.
Bake in a 350-degree oven for about 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. If you use 2 racks to bake on in the oven, at the halfway mark rotate the pans .
Allow pans to cool about 10 minutes, then turn them out onto wire racks and allow to completely cool.
break up the extra crunch mix to very small bits to use to decorate the cake with.
while your cakes are baking prepare a Cream Cheese Frosting.Cream Cheese Frosting
Whip the cream cheese, mascarpone, and butter till very smooth and creamy
Slowly add in the 10x sugar while mixer is on low setting
Add in Vanilla and mix well. Set aside till needed.Assembly
After your cake is completely cooled ( you can even refrigerate for a few hours) begin frosting the layers and putting the cake together.
When you have assembled all the layers with some frosting between them, start to spread the remaining frosting on the sides and top.
When finished frosting, coat sides and top with your extra crunch mixtureNotes
You can substitute cream cheese for the Mascarpone, I don't always have it on hand. You may want to increase the butter a bit cutting that amount from the cream cheese. If you have a favorite cream cheese frosting recipe, use that!
feel free to eliminate the extra frosting on the sides of the cake and the additional crunch topping on the sides, the original cake was served simply with only whipped cream between the layers.
I always use standard size 9 inch round cake pans. You can use other size pans but your cooking times will need to be adjusted
If your cake sticks to the bottom of the pan, place it on a burner of your stove for about 15 seconds, the heat will help release the cake from the pan. This process works for all cakes. Just be careful and judge how hot and evenly your stove top heats the pan.
After heating place a plate on top of the pan, and invert quickly. Tap the pan with the heel of a knife to help release the cake.For a printable copy of this recipe click on this linkhttp://www.askchefdennis.com/pumpkin-crunch-cake-my-holiday-tradition/#askchefdennis #recipeoftheday #pumpkin #cake