Have you heard of Hammock Tracks? It’s a series of three blogs written by a very talented Savannah McQueen. Besides having a beautiful name, Savannah has an eye for photography, homeschools her four children and has so many delicious recipes that I had a very hard time choosing just one for our recipe swap today.
To make me feel better about my indecisiveness, let me share just a glimpse of some of my options (and I dare you not to drool).
Seriously?! How am I supposed to pick just one? I can’t say no to a muffin or cookie that looks THAT good – does my waistline even have a fighting chance?! The pictures alone are making my pants feel snug!
To answer the question on my waistline – nope. Ultimately I chose a pumpkin cake that she developed out of the need for a birthday cake with a cocoa-barren pantry. My version below has just a few changes to reflect what I had in my own pantry, but the integrity of her granny’s birthday cake remains – moist and delicious.
Pumpkin Cake with Coconut
2 cups homemade pumpkin puree (or 1 15oz can of puree)
2 cups white sugar
1 cup coconut oil (or melted butter, slightly cooled)
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1 cup shredded coconut
Mix pumpkin, sugar, oil and eggs in a mixer until thoroughly combined. Add remaining ingredients and combine well. Pour into a greased and floured 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Savannah’s original recipe calls for 1 tsp cardamom, but I didn’t have any (hence the additional cinnamon and cloves). She also topped hers with a cream cheese icing, but since this was a partial breakfast and partial lunch treat for the kids (and because there wasn’t cream cheese in the fridge), I swapped out the icing for a simple decoration of a chocolate chip jack-o-lantern.
As written, this recipe is the ultimate birthday cake for those who love both pumpkin and coconut. It has a wonderfully rich yet light flavor and a lovely hearty texture. Everyone in the family – including the anti-pumpkin-eater – enjoyed this cake. I’m already looking forwarding to making this cake again for a full-on breakfast fare!