Mmmm...the smell of cloves. It reminds me of my Grandma's house around the holidays. Today I have a recipe I've adapted from the Betty Crocker Cookbook. It's called Pumpkin-Spice Bars in the cookbook, but to me it's more of a cake. The original recipe called for cream cheese icing for the topping. Years ago I found this mock cream cheese icing recipe. I found it on the internet, but it was before the days of Pinterest, so I don't remember what sight I found it on. I tried to make the cake look pretty by piping on the icing, but it would have been better if I had just iced the entire cake and sprinkled the crushed walnuts on top.
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup mashed pumpkin
1/2 cup rice flour (you can use white or brown, or a mixture of both)
3 Tablespoons cornflour
1 Tablespoon tapioca starch
1/2 teaspoon guar gum
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 cup chopped dates (or raisins)
1. Heat oven to 180 degrees C. Line a 9x13 inch pan with baking paper.
2. Beat eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin together until smooth. (I like to use a stick blender for this).
3. Stir in remaining ingredients.
4. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until light brown. Cool completely before icing.
Mock Cream Cheese Icing
1 1/4 cups icing sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons margarine
1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 - 2 Tablespoons water
1. Mix salt and icing sugar together.
2. Stir in margarine.
3. Stir in vinegar and slowly add water until you reach a smooth consistency.