Legendary Pumpkin Cake

I bought a quarter of a pumpkin over the weekend. The plan was to roast it, make a pumpkin puree and eat it with some oats. Pumpkin porridge.

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Midway through the roast, I suddenly heard a soft voice calling out to me.

Use me…

I was perplexed. I peered out of my room towards the window and saw no one.

Use me…

I began to panic. Why am I hearing voices in my head? Am I going crazy? Still, the voice got louder.

USE ME…

Then my gaze zeroed in on the section right beneath my oven.

USE ME! USE ME! USE ME!!!!!

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Oh dear, Did I just bought a talking electric mixer? That’s awkward..

Let’s bake a cake together! It’s going to be LEGEN- .. wait, what did you say? What do you mean awkward? I’m not awkward, I don’t do awkward. I’m awesome! I’m 100% pure awesomeness!

No, I don’t want to bake a cake. I did not plan on it. I did not study recipes, and I do not have flour for it.

What recipes? You don’t need recipes. You’ve got me. I’m your recipe! I’m going to blend whatever you throw into me until they become the perfect cake mixture. And you can buy flour at the convenience store downstairs!

I relented. Seriously, how on Earth am I supposed to resist using this electric mixer when it starts to talk to me? It’s logically impossible. So a quick trip downstairs and back, and I’m off..

Okay, for your recipe, just follow the same as you did with your Quarter Pound Cake! 100g flour, 100g caster sugar, 100g butter, 1 egg! Just throw everything into me and switch me on full blast! It’s going to work much better this time because you’ve got me!

No! Not going to do that. I am wary this time around. There will be pumpkin later so the mixture will be heavier. I will follow the procedure. Fluff up the butter and sugar mixture first, then fold in the egg.

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By the time the egg has been folded into the batter nicely, the pumpkin was ready.

No need to mash the pumpkin! I’m strong! Just throw the pumpkin chunks into me! Quick!

Shut up, mixer. I don’t want to fail again this time. I will mash the pumpkin first. It would be disastrous if I break you down the first time I use you.

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I then added the mashed pumpkin into the batter, beat it for a few minutes, then added the flour last. Beat it until it is thick and fluffy looking.

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Go heavy on the greasing of the loaf pan this time around. Don’t want another cake sticking to the pan..

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All that is left now is to bake in the oven. 170Β°C for 60 minutes.

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Throughout the wait, my mixer kept feeding me with extreme optimism..

This is going to work! The cake will be delicious! Imagine the faces of your colleagues when they taste your delicious pumpkin cake!

To be fair, the cake was emitting some pretty decent fragrance from the 30 minutes mark onward. It really did smell like a nice cake.

When the 60 minutes was up, time for the first test. Poke the cake with a chopstick. It came out clean. That’s a good sign..

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And when it was done, I was able to remove it from the loaf pan with minimum hassle. This is going to work!

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The moment of truth. Time to cut..

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Wait a minute! This doesn’t look like a cake at all! It’s not soft and fluffy on the inside! It’s firm and smooth! This ain’t a cake, this is a kuih (a type of Malaysian pastry)! You know, something like this:

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Damn you mixer, for telling me no need to follow any recipes!

What are you talking about? You just baked a cake that does not look like a cake! How awesome is that? This is absolutely I-told-you-so -DARY!

I hate you, mixer. Now, whose going to help me do the clean up? Since you can talk, I assume you also have an advanced feature called self cleaning?

What?Β Baking a cake is awesome. Cleaning is NOT awesome. And I’m awesome. You asking me if I do self cleaning? Hahaha, please..

And then, my electric mixer went silent. It just stopped talking altogether. I was left alone. It was like the past hour or so was just a dream. It probably was.

Few things I learnt this time:

  1. I think my oven’s temperature setting is not entirely accurate. I might have baked the batterΒ at a higher temperature than necessary. That’s why the crust formed before the batter had enough time to rise.
  2. I saw from some video that claimed using baking soda or self raising flour is for the noobs and the cheats. If you know what you are doing, you don’t need those things. Maybe it is time to stop lying to myself and acknowledge that I AM a noob. Next time I’ll use baking soda.

Well, at least my pumpkin cake that isn’t a cake tasted pretty good. It just didn’t feel like pumpkin cake when biting into it.

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Nope, I did not bring any to share with my colleagues. Not going to do it until I am able to get a proper cake.

28 Comments

  1. Muahahahaha!!! So funnee!! You sure sound like a retarded chef but you are not! I think your pumpkin cake looked almost perfect lah! I only buy pumpkin to make soup! So damn delicious!

    • Sometimes I myself thinks I’m a retarded cook LOL!
      Walao, a cake that looks and feels like kuih also you can say almost perfect? @.@

  2. Now that looks something to sink your teeth into – it looks delicious!! And you had me laughing when you said ‘I suddenly heard a soft voice calling out to me. Use me…’ – Ha ha!! Was it your time to give your mixer a ‘test drive?’

    • I didn’t plan on ‘test driving’ the mixer so quickly to be honest. I didn’t last more than 24 hours upon opening the box! It must be Barney (Stinson) messing with my mind! πŸ˜€

    • He is my favorite character in HIMYM, in fact even in real life I sometimes call him Barney Stinson πŸ˜€ . You know I really imagined it was Barney using some high tech piece of equipment to talk to me and fool me into thinking it was the electric mixer! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
      I just shared a video I saw of him in Youtube, on my FB page πŸ˜‰

  3. Oh! I love this post! At least the pumpkin cake was edible. I think there was to much pumpkin that’s why it came out dense like that. Next time use self-raising flour. It saves the hassle of having to buy baking powder and baking soda. Geez…I want to bake a pumpkin cake too πŸ™‚

  4. Hey this is a kuih! Haha.. It’s called bingka ubi.. But this is not ubi la.. So it’s called bingka labu lor.. Well it still looks good to me, but you don’t need to bake it using the oven.. I think they usually steam the bingka or make it using custard flour and then just refrigerate it.. But still looks nice la.. So now you know you cannot follow your 100g recipe coz you have pumpkin, it will make the batter wet, maybe need more flour..

    • Because I didn’t set out to make bingka labu, I used oven because I set out for a cake πŸ™
      Yeah, another lesson learnt the hard way. I always wonder why people segregate the wet ingredients and dry ingredients in a cake. I always thought the ingredients for the custom flavours (cheese, or pumpkin in my case) are just top ups to the base cake ingredients. Probably a very wrong thought πŸ™„

    • I didn’t bake a cake, I had an attempt to bake a cake. In fact I’ve had a few attempts so far. πŸ˜€

  5. u should name this post as the legendary pumpkin kuih! though u failed to get a cake but it turned out to be a successful kuih! jst like the story of making the strong glue but turns out into ‘sticky note’ which was invented by accident…who knows ur kuih is the most ‘laku’ selling item in the market?

    • As a kuih, it is just normal. Normal pumpkin kuih. But as a cake that doesn’t look like a cake, that’s (according to my talking mixer) legendary πŸ˜€

  6. I like to eat it like this too – pumpkin kueh. Actually how much pumpkin puree did you use? Maybe the proportion of pumpkin is way too much than your flour so it turned into kueh.

    I hope your mixer talks to you more so that you can bake more. If you can’t finish, please send some to me, I will help you finish them. πŸ˜‰

  7. Hey RG! You are so funny… a talking mixer!! My mixer is under wraps too.. under the table.. so it cannot talk to me cos I cannot see it… hahaha… but I love your pumpkin cake because I like pumpkin! I normally boil soup with it… cos I am not into baking yet.. πŸ™‚

  8. Didn’t we mention that the electric mixer will come in handy? *winks*

    There’s a first to everything and I agree with the cleaning part; I always shake my head whenever I have to wash the mixing bowl.

  9. actually it looks good to me woh.. haha!! but like you said, i didn’t treat it as a cake but more like a kuih, and as a kuih, this pumpkin “thing” actually looks quite “successful” lah.. my first impression looking at it, apam balik with a very thick filling, hahahahaha.. woi, not bad at all leh, you have got your own recipe of a CRISPY SKIN PUMPKIN CAKE (i mean KUIH)~~

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