This is such a yummy fall cake. It’s four layers and it’s divine!!! Enjoy it for a special occasion or just because you need a piece of super yummy cake!!
3 cups all purpose flour
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks butter, softened
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cup pure pumpkin
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup water
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
11 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup butter, softened
3 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
2 to 3 tsp maple flavoring
Orange peel twists, fresh mint, chopped nuts (optional)
Preheat oven to 325. Grease and flour two 9-in round cake pans.
For Cake: Combine flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in small bowl. Beat granulated sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs: beat for 2 minutes. Beat in pumpkin, evaporated milk, water and vanilla extract. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared cake pans.
Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 15 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
For Maple Frosting
Beat cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar in large mixer bowl until fluffy. Add maple flavoring; mix well.
cut each layer in half horizontally with long serrated knife. Frost between layers and on top of cake, leaving side unfrosted. Garnish as desired.
Note: to make a 2-layer cake, frost between layers, over top and on side of cake.