Sponsored post Fazer Aito. Delicious hokkaido pumpkin cake is spiced with all the cozy fall and winter spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and ginger. This cake is easy to make using Fazer Aito products such as Oat Drink and Oat snack, an oat-based “yogurt”.
Hokkaido Pumpkin – a versatile pumpkin to use in cooking and baking
Hokkaido pumpkin, also called red kuri squash, is a cute orange pumpkin with thin edible skin. It has a nutty flavor and tastes amazing roasted in the oven, in soups, sauces and casseroles. But I baked a cake 🙂
This hokkaido pumpkin cake is inspired by carrot cake, one of my favorite cakes of all time.
Hokkaido pumpkin is very easy to work with. I grated the pumpkin with the smallest holes of the grater, just like I would grate carrot for carrot cake.
Because this pumpkin isn’t as sweet as a carrot, I had to add a bit more sugar to the cake than I normally do. Especially light brown or brown sugar tastes amazing in this cake and gives a sort of caramelly note.
This Halloween inspired cake is easy to make in one bowl: just mix dry ingredients first and add liquids. Fazer Aito Oat drink and Oat snack is a perfect mix in baked goods. I also use melted vegan “butter”.
I haven’t used an egg substitute, because this cake doesn’t need one. Just adding more liquid helps to make the texture right. This cake slightly denser than a cake made with eggs, but the dense quality fits this spicy cake perfectly.
The cake is baked in the oven for about 50-60 minutes, depending on your oven and the baking tin you’re using. I recommend checking the cake after 45 minutes and making a toothpick test too.
Halloween cake and easy Halloween decorations
Making a Halloween cake and Halloween decorations couldn’t be easier! Here are my tips:
- Use parchment paper (or any paper) to cut eyes, nose and mouth. Use cacao powder to sprinkle a pumpkin face on top of the cake.
- Make little cream ghosts to be enjoyed with the pumpkin cake. I use licorice for the ghost eyes.
- Mandarins are like cute little pumpkins! Use a black marker to draw the face.
- Collect rusty yellow, orange and brown leaves to bring rustic Halloween vibes around the cake.
Hokkaido Pumpkin Cake Recipe
NOTE: you can use any mild / sweet pumpkin or butternut squash to make this cake! Peel the pumpkin or butternut squash first.
Springform pan 22 cm / 8,6 inches
- 250 grams pumpkin
- 200 grams flour
- 120 grams light brown sugar
- 80 grams sugar
- 2 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1,5 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 0,5 tsp salt
- 200 ml Fazer Aito Oat Drink
- 100 ml Fazer Aito Oat Snack
- 80 grams melted vegan butter
- Preheat oven to 180 C / 356 F. Cover the bottom of your springform pan with parchment paper and grease the edges. The cake is easier to remove from the pan when there’s parchment paper.
- Grate the about half of a hokkaido pumpkin with the smallest holes of the grater. There’s no need to peel the pumpkin, just wash it properly before grating.
- Mix dry ingredients in a bowl: flour, sugars, spices, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
- Add Fazer Aito Oat Drink and Oat snack, melted vegan butter and the grated pumpkin. Fold the batter gently until everything is combined.
- Pour the batter into the pan.
- Bake in the lower rack of the oven for 50-60 minutes. Check the cake after about 40-45 minutes with a toothpick. If there’s still raw batter sticking to the toothpick, bake for another 10 minutes and check again.
- Let cake cool in the pan before removing for about 15 minutes.
- Decorate the cake when it’s fully cooled.
Use cacao powder for the eyes, nose and mouth.
- 150 ml Fazer Aito Oat for whipping (measured before whipping)
- a few tbsp vegan cream cheese
- 1-2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp orange juice or the juice of mandarins
- licorice for the eyes
Whip Fazer Aito Oat for Whipping until it’s fluffy. Mix with the other ingredients and pipe small ghosts. Make licorice eyes for the ghosts. Enjoy ghosts with pumpkin cake!
If you’re searching for more fall baking inspirations, look no further: