Pumpkin Spice Holiday Cake

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I am a fan of Pamela’s Products and purchased Spice Cake Mix and customized it to fit my family’s needs. Customizing the package ingredients allowed me to make the cake my own.

  • I added 1 cup of pumpkin instead of the 1 cup of milk
  • I substituted “3 flax seed eggs” for the eggs (RATIO:1 TBSP ground flax seeds to 3 TBSP water … mix…let rest till a gel like consistency forms)
  • I added 1/2 cup gluten free oats

I cooked in a 350 degree oven in an 8×10 baking pan for 55 minutes (or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clear).

Once cool…I made cream cheese frosting by combining the following on a bowl with an immersion blender:

  • 1 package of low fat cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter (room temperature)

To serve: Garnish with fresh berries and nuts or dried fruits and nuts. I chose dried cranberries and walnuts to stick with the holiday theme

OPTION: OMIT the frosting and serve warm with a little butter or jam and fruit/nuts

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