How many Mom's do you have the unique opportunity to celebrate their birthdays? I count two after marriage.
Today is my Mom's birthday.
Don't think she'd appreciate me sharing her age. I'm 58 so that should give you a clue. She is a "mature" treasure. This time of the year she anxiously waits for summer to wane and fall to bring forth her beloved "Pumpkin" & Spice flavors. Has your mom ever "tisked" at you for spending money on her? Gets a bit more challenging to find the right token of love, her having to dust it just takes the fun out of the gift. This gorgeous recipe I clipped out of the Country Living magazine almost 20+years ago. Do not know who to give credit too, but it is a family favorite, as easy as it is beautiful to set on your holiday table. The time and thought you put into the gift weighs as much if not more than the value. So love begins when the mixer turns, and the deserving party celebrated before the surprise is carried up the porch steps. I quickly put the kettle on; Dad took a snooze in his easy-chair, I sliced a generous piece and laid it on her favorite red and white restaurant transfer-ware dishes. Yum, Yum, Yum. We sipped tea and ooh'd over the moist texture and talked Mom and daughter for a couple of hours. Her love tank was full.
Pre-heat over to 350 degrees
Grease and dust with flour, bundt pan
In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, Baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix
Using your mixer, beat pumpkin, oil, juice, eggs, and vanilla. On low speed combine dry ingredients until blended, add nuts and raisin. Pour into prepared bundt pan, bake 55-60 minutes. Poke with a tooth pick at 55, remove from oven when the toothpick comes away clean. Cool 5 minutes place cake dish over bundt pan and invert. Lift pan off of cake slowing, so the weight of the cake leaves the hot pan without tares. I use the edge of a butter knife to score the edge, pry & lift the cake pan gently. Complete cooling,
Sprinkle after cooling with powder sugar
Maple glaze (Mom's birthday cake."
Maple Glaze: 2 cups powder sugar, 3 tablespoons maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, beat with a fork till smooth. Add 1/2 & 1/2 for dribbly consistency, Dribble 1/2 batch over hot cake and finish glaze for "looks" on cooled cake. Happy Pumpkin Lovers