Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake with Caramel and Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

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Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake with Caramel and Cream Cheese Frosting
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  1. For cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour two 9-inch cake pans with 1 1/2-inch-high sides, tapping out any excess flour. Whisk first 9 ingredients in large bowl. Using electric mixer, beat pumpkin, sugar, and oil in another large bowl. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating to incorporate between additions. Mix in orange peel. Add flour mixture; beat on low speed just to blend. Divide batter between prepared pans.
  2. Bake cakes until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 33 minutes. Cool in pans 10 minutes. Invert onto rack, then turn top side up and cool completely.
  3. For frosting: Sprinkle 1/2 cup powdered sugar over bottom of small nonstick skillet. Cook over medium heat until sugar melts (do not stir). Continue cooking until sugar turns deep amber, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes. Carefully stir in 1/2 cup cream, vanilla, and salt (mixture will bubble vigorously). Stir until any caramel bits dissolve. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon cream. Strain into small bowl. Cool caramel to room temperature.
  4. Sift remaining powdered sugar into medium bowl. Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl. Gradually beat in powdered sugar. Beat in cooled caramel. Cover and chill frosting until firm enough to spread, about 2 hours.
  5. Using long serrated knife, trim rounded tops from cakes. Place 1 cake layer on cake plate, cut side up. Spread 3/4 cup frosting over. Place second cake layer, cut side down, atop frosting. Cover top and sides of cake with remaining frosting, creating smooth surface. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Cover with cake dome or large bowl and chill. Let stand at room temperature 2 hours before serving.
  6. Sprinkle candied orange peel over top of cake. Cut into wedges and serve.
  7. * Available seasonally at most supermarkets and year-round at specialty foods stores and from .
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 629.86 Kcal (2637 kJ)
Calories from fat 301.58 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33.51g 52%
Cholesterol 89.56mg 30%
Sodium 345.83mg 14%
Potassium 172.8mg 4%
Total Carbs 78.65g 26%
Sugars 52.37g 209%
Dietary Fiber 1.14g 5%
Protein 6.5g 13%
Vitamin C 0.9mg 1%
Iron 0.7mg 4%
Calcium 75.6mg 8%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 341.96 Kcal (1432 kJ)
Calories from fat 163.73 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18.19g 52%
Cholesterol 48.62mg 30%
Sodium 187.75mg 14%
Potassium 93.81mg 4%
Total Carbs 42.7g 26%
Sugars 28.43g 209%
Dietary Fiber 0.62g 5%
Protein 3.53g 13%
Vitamin C 0.5mg 1%
Iron 0.4mg 4%
Calcium 41.1mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 15.2
  • 18

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sugar

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