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Boozy Spiced Pumpkin Cake

  • Author: Strudel


for the cake:

  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, at room temp
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup bourbon

for the glaze:

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons real maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9×5 loaf pan with cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and white and brown sugars until fluffy. Add the eggs, pumpkin puree, and bourbon, and mix until blended.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and stir until just mixed together. Pour batter in to prepared pan.
  5. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in to the center comes out clean. Cool on rack for about 10 minutes, the turn out on to rack to cool completely.
  6. Serve a slice a cake with a generous amount of sauce drizzled on top.

for the glaze:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, then reduce heat and continue cooking at a low boil, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat. The sauce will thicken a bit as it cools.