A Recipe for Autumn Apple Pumpkin Cake, an Unusual Pumpkin Patch Made of Glass, AND a New England Food Basket Giveaway {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}

Fall is my favorite time of the year. The weather cools down — but there’s no snow yet — the leaves turn to a beautiful rainbow of colors, and the markets are filled with crisp, local apples, gorgeous pumpkins (including some stunning glass-blown ones you’ll read about further down in the post), luscious squash, hot apple cider … you get the gist. I love it, and autumn inspires me to cook with the flavors of the season.

The ingredients in this cake that remind me of crisp October days are apples, pumpkin, toasted walnuts, and spices including cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.

This cake makes 16 servings, but in my household of three boys (two teens and one husband), the cake doesn’t last long!

Autumn Apple Pumpkin Cake

Makes 16 Servings

There are so many nutrient-rich ingredients in this dessert recipe that I’m not sure where to begin. It’s a dessert so it’s not sugar free, but I hope I made up for it with the whole wheat flour, pumpkin, apples, walnuts, currants, and heart-healthy canola oil.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 cup lightly toasted walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup canned 100% pure pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups peeled, cored and diced Granny Smith apples (I cut the apples into small, 1/4-inch dice and used 2 medium apples, about 7 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, optional

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Generously oil or coat a 10-cup bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

2. Whisk together the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, walnuts, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and baking soda in a large bowl until well combined.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, sugar, and oil until well combined. Add the pumpkin and vanilla extract and continue to whisk until well blended. Pour the liquid ingredients over the try ingredients and stir until just moistened. Add the apples and currants and stir until combined.

4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake about 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and cool for 15 minutes before removing from the pan.

5. Cool the cake completely, and dust the top with powdered sugar as desired.

Nutrition Information per Serving (1 slice): 330 calories, 15g fat (1.5g saturated, 1.5g omega-3), 240mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 5g protein, 20% vitamin A, 10% iron

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A few weeks ago, I stopped by MIT in Cambridge, MA for the Great Glass Pumpkin Patch annual event. I was joined by my friend Deanna and my mother-in-law, Joy. A thousand of these beauties were sold to benefit the MIT Glass Lab. You may not know this, but in my next life, I WILL be a glass blower :)

Stunning! Some of the glass pumpkins cost $50.00 while others were as high as $2,000.00!!

 GIVEAWAY NEWS: We’re giving away a traditional Vermont-style, autumn breakfast gift basket to ONE lucky winner. Thanks to our friends at Cabot Creamery, our winner will receive 1 pound of Vintage Choice Cheddar from Cabot, 1 pound cob-smoked bacon, 1 pint pure Vermont maple syrup, and 1 buttermilk pancake mix. (U.S. only please.)

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143 Responses to “A Recipe for Autumn Apple Pumpkin Cake, an Unusual Pumpkin Patch Made of Glass, AND a New England Food Basket Giveaway {GIVEAWAY CLOSED}”

  1. Julia on October 27th, 2012

    I love pairing apples and cheese, just as a snack or having cheddar w/ some apple pie. I’ve never won anything, but I would love to win this!

  2. Carole Resnick on October 27th, 2012

    Anything with apples

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    Love pumpkin recipes in the fall. Favs -.pumpkin choc chip oatmeal cookies & pumpkin oatmeal.

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  10. Angela Spengler on October 27th, 2012

    I love all of the fall dishes that contain pumpkins: pumpkin pie, pumpkin roll, pumpkin bisque, pumpkin muffins, and on and on.

  11. Deb Hoffman on October 27th, 2012

    My favorite autumn foods are pumpkin pie and apple crumb muffins.

  12. Katie Spengler on October 27th, 2012

    My favorite fall food is sweet apple cider.

  13. Miranda on October 28th, 2012

    I love making pumpkin muffins

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    My favorite fall foods are apple pie and pumpkin roll!

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  17. DMR on October 28th, 2012

    Love using pumpkin in my monkey bread recipe! Your cake looks wonderful!

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  42. Sandi GAgne on October 29th, 2012

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  43. Julie Robarts on October 29th, 2012

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  47. Susan Nadworny on October 29th, 2012

    pumpkin and apples yum ~

  48. wendy spencer on October 29th, 2012

    My favorite foods of fall are squash and pumpkin. Right now I’m in love with roasted acorn squash-can’t get enough!

  49. Mary Hayward on October 29th, 2012

    My family loves butternut squash risotto in the fall!

  50. Amanda S. on October 29th, 2012

    I love pumpkin muffins from you guys and the sweet brussles sprouts are a staple at our Thanksgiving table now! yum!

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    I love fresh pumpkin muffins and a new favorite is parsnip cake!

  54. Kristine on October 29th, 2012

    Pumpkin Cheesecake!!!! So delicious, so autumn!!

  55. Karene on October 29th, 2012

    My favorite fall ingredient is pumpkin, and I love making pumpkin bread!

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  57. Lori on October 29th, 2012

    Can’t wait to try our pumpkin apple cake recipe!!!!

  58. Melissa M. on October 29th, 2012

    I like soups and homemade bread and apple pie in the fall

  59. Marie Vaughn on October 29th, 2012

    My whole family loves pumpkin! We make multiple pumpkin pies and everything else we can. Love pumpkin pancakes!

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  63. KarenP on October 29th, 2012

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  66. Nicole-Lynn on October 29th, 2012

    Great giveaway! My favorite go-to fall dessert is a pumpkin cream cheese roll! They’re so easy to make and always a huge hit in our home!

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  70. Wendie on October 29th, 2012

    I love making spicy, warm you up casserole in the Fall. Any type of Pupkin dessert is a favorite too! Im so tempted to try the pumpkin cream cheese monkey bread I was emailed a few days ago, sounds crazy good!

  71. Katie on October 29th, 2012

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  78. meredith on October 29th, 2012

    I love anything with pumpkin – i make a pretty good pumpkin stuffing!

  79. Tarasha on October 29th, 2012

    I think i will try this receipe at my next ladies night out event that I do monthly. Although Halloween will be over i’ll use as a centerpiece for my “Falling into Fall” Ladies Night Out Event. Thanks for sharing the receipe.

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  82. Pam Hopkins on October 29th, 2012

    My favorite fall food is chili.

  83. Martha Anne on October 29th, 2012

    Our favorite Fall recipe is vegetarian chili. We make it and keep it constantly. It’s full of vegetables and beans and is so filling! We also make “Ms. Adrianne’s Yummy soup”, which is the chicken chili recipe on the back of the yellow barley box. We add tons of vegetables to this one too. Love that Fall weather!

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  85. Lori on October 29th, 2012

    I like the traditional pumpkin pie, apple crisp, butternut squash, etc. My new favorite (& my kids too) is pumpkin pancakes.

  86. Pam Hudgins on October 29th, 2012

    I had some pumkin butter one time and would love to be able to find it again. Still remembering it……………….YUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  87. Lori Bates on October 29th, 2012

    I love anything pumpkin!

  88. Debra Desgrosiellier on October 29th, 2012

    I need to make a cake and this one sounds perfect..

  89. Debra Desgrosiellier on October 29th, 2012

    I need to make a cake and this one sounds perfect..

  90. Rice Morgan on October 29th, 2012

    I like toasting pumpkin seeds after we carve pumpkins. My family loves snacking on them!

  91. ljmh on October 29th, 2012

    pumpkin and chocolate chip pancakes screams the fall to me

  92. Heather Hickman on October 29th, 2012

    I love ANYTHING pumpkin, coffee, and soups!

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  94. Leah on October 29th, 2012

    I recently tried a stuffed roasted whole pumpkin and am excited to try more variations!

  95. ella on October 29th, 2012

    Apple crisp is my favorite seasonal food.

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  103. Rebecca A on October 30th, 2012

    I love cooking anything with apples!

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  109. Jennifer C on October 30th, 2012

    I love all things pumpkin.

  110. Lori A. on October 30th, 2012

    We love hearty meals during the autumn months, such as pot roast, chicken n dumplings, beef stew, chicken gnocchi soup and, of course, apple pie!

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  115. Tania on October 30th, 2012

    Pumpkin Bread and Butternut Squash soup are my Fall favorites.

  116. Solducky on October 30th, 2012

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  117. Jen on October 31st, 2012

    I love baking with maple syrup this time of year.

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  120. Tammy on October 31st, 2012

    Hello…Hmmmm….my favorite foods in the autumn are homemade soups, fresh baked Dutch apple bread, and pumpkin pie.

  121. Camille H on November 1st, 2012

    I love making roasted butternut squash risotto with bacon and parmesan.

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  124. pat m on November 2nd, 2012

    I do love my husband’s pumpkin pie. Love baked squash. And it’s nice to use the oven without worrying about heating up the kitchen.

  125. Amy Taylor on November 5th, 2012

    My family loves pumpkin

  126. Danielle Krueger on November 6th, 2012

    Just made pumpkin pudding the other day -mixed up vanilla pudding w/1c pumpkin and some whipped topping. Yum. I also will peel some apples w/ little margarine and cinnamon and sugar and put in microwave for a few minutes -and we have that as dessert. The kids love it.

  127. nik on November 10th, 2012

    I love to make a really dense, moist date nut brown bread…perfect with cream cheese or warmed up just covered with butter. Super delicious and totally filling for those leaf-raking days. :)

  128. Samantha Rasmussen on November 11th, 2012

    I love anything pumpkin. Soups are also the perfect fall meal

  129. Deborah Rosen on November 12th, 2012

    My favorite fall foods include pumpkin rolls, apple cake (love your recipe BTW), mulled cider, sweet potatoes (any way) and stuffing with gravy.

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  131. Meryl on November 12th, 2012

    apple crisp. We go to the Catskill mountains for a weekend each fall, pick apples off the trees on the property. My boys love to use our hand crank peeler, put them in the pan with the topping and serve with homemade whipped cream. yum!

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  133. Tracy O'Connor on November 12th, 2012

    Absolutely, anything with pumpkin from oatmeal to pumpkin bread to pumpkin soup and pumpkin ravioli. And, pumpkin granola and pumpkin yogurt. I could go on and on….

  134. Amy on November 12th, 2012

    Our favorite fall food here is pumpkin pancakes, although we do eat them all year!

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  136. Erin on November 12th, 2012

    I totally look forward to cooking anything in my dutch oven once Fall begins… Love to do a big batch of turkey chili!

  137. Alyssa GF on November 12th, 2012

    Anything that involves pumpkin.

  138. Stephanie Odell on November 12th, 2012

    I love anythng made with apple, I also love to go apple picking!

  139. michelle on November 12th, 2012

    Anything apple or pumpkin. I tried that crackpot caramel(sweetened condensed milk can) yesterday, was great for apple slices

  140. Ruth Woolcock on November 12th, 2012

    Homemade applesauce. I vary the variety of apples and sometimes add (sorry) Pennsylvania maple syrup, so each batch is different but delicious.

  141. Tammy on November 12th, 2012

    My favorite fall recipe is Teddy’s Apple Cake from the Essential NY Times Cookbook. I’m excited to try your new recipe, too! :)

  142. Tammy on November 12th, 2012

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  143. Liz on November 12th, 2012

    Sounds amazing! Did you see my post from Mohonk Mountain House at the end of this summer? Love it there!

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