Alice’s Pumpkin Spice Cake with Citrus Cream Cheese Frosting
Makes 1 large Bundt cake, serves 15-20.
Total time: Approximately 1 ¼ to 1½ hours.
20-30 minutes (prep); 45 minutes to 1 hour (cook).
Reconstitute the Cranberries.
· Put the dried cranberries in a microwave-safe bowl ¾ preferably a small, shallow one.
· Add the orange juice, water and lemon extract. (Use just enough water to cover the berries while they cook.)
· Cook the cranberries until they are soft and moist. (This should take 3-5 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave.)
Make the Cake:
· While the cranberries are cooking, start making the cake. In a large mixing bowl, empty the contents of one box of spice cake mix.
· Mix in the pumpkin puree, eggs, yogurt, sugar, spice and baking powder.
· Drain any residual liquid from the cooked cranberries.
· Mix in the cooked, moistened cranberries.
· Coat a Bundt pan with spray-on oil and flour — to prevent sticking.
· Place the batter into the pan and cook for 45 minutes to one hour — depending on how well your oven performs — at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Make the icing:
· While the cake is cooking, make the icing.
· In a clean bowl, cream together the butter and cream cheese.
· Add the powdered sugar ½ cup at a time, adding the molasses, orange juice and lemon rind sometime during the mixing process.
· Place the icing in the refrigerator to thicken while the cake continues to cook. (If it’s still a little runny for you, add a little more powdered sugar, but realize that this will affect the taste ¾ lessening the citrus and increasing the sweetness.)
Assemble the cake:
· Take the cake out of the oven and let it cook for about 5-10 minutes.
· Invert the cake onto a serving plate.
· If you so desire, take the brandy and pour it over the top rim of the cake ¾ allowing it to seep into the entire cake. Be careful! A little goes a long way.
· Ice the cake with the citrus cream cheese frosting.
· Serve immediately or sometime within the next three hours. If serving later, refrigerate the cake to it keep fresh.