Cozy Pumpkin Pie Cake

By / Food / October 24th, 2023 / 1

Excerpted from Plantcakes by Lyndsay Sung. Copyright © 2023 Lyndsay Sung. Photographs by Lyndsay Sung. Published by Appetite by Random House®, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

I call this pumpkin cake “cozy” because it’s a very comforting, warming cake that’s simple to put together. It’s really moist and delicious on its own, but I also love it with a contrasting cool scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream (pictured), or a generous dollop of cold coconut whipped cream. Slice your- self a square for the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea and a good book, or a healthy-ish treat in your lunchbox, or an afternoon pick-me-up. It really tastes like pumpkin pie!



Pumpkin Cake

  • 1½ cups (210g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¾ tsp fine sea salt
  • ½ cup (125ml) vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup (150g) brown sugar
  • ¼ cup (50g) granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup (250g) pumpkin puree

Coconut Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup (250ml) coconut cream, refrigerated in its can overnight
  • ¼ cup (32g) icing sugar, sifted
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract Pinch of salt


Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Prepare an 8-inch square pan by spritzing it with vegetable oil and lining with a parchment paper square cut to size, and then spritzing again with oil, to prevent sticking.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and salt to combine.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the vegetable oil, brown sugar, and white sugar on medium speed to combine, about 1 minute.

Add the flour mixture to the bowl of the stand mixer and beat on low speed until just combined, about 15 seconds. Add the pumpkin puree and mix on low speed to combine, 15–30 seconds.


Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. Give the pan a light tap on the counter to reduce any air bubbles. Bake for 23–26 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only moist crumbs.

Let the cake cool slightly, 15–20 minutes, or completely in its pan set on a wire rack.


Place the metal bowl and whisk attachment of your stand mixer in the freezer to chill for 15–20 minutes.

Fit your stand mixer with the chilled bowl and whisk and whip the coconut cream until thickened and fluffy. Add the icing sugar, vanilla extract, and pinch of salt and beat for another minute to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Coconut whipped cream can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.


Slice the cool cake into squares. Top each slice with a generous amount of cold coconut whipped cream (or vanilla ice cream, if you prefer) and enjoy.

This cake will taste freshest eaten within a day of making it, but can be stored in the fridge, covered, for up to 3 days. See page 13 for storage notes.


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