Some tweens are pros in the kitchen, and others, well, not so much. Regardless of whether your tween is destined for the Cordon Bleu, he or she can whip up this 2 ingredient, supereasy recipe for pumpkin cake so that the entire family can enjoy the amazing tastes of fall. Or, if you're feeling benevolent, you could make it for your tween.
The original recipe calls for mixing 1 can of pumpkin with 1 box of yellow cake mix. My tween and I decided to get both wild AND crazy and make it spice cake mix.
Combine the pumpkin puree and cake mix.
Pour in a greased 7 x 11 X 2 pan.
Bake for 28 minutes at 350 degrees.
That's it. And that's all you need, because it is yummy. We also made the glaze, which kicks things up a notch with 3 additional ingredients: powdered sugar, cider and pumpkin pie spice.
Combine 1-1/2 cups powdered sugar with 3 Tablespoons apple cider and 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Pour over the cake while it is still warm, and save a little more to pour just before serving.
Fellow ChicagoNow blogger Red & Company shared the recipe that she saw on Noble Pig and while it caught my eye, I was dubious. Two ingredients seemed somehow insufficient. I was wrong. It's great. It's easy enough for your tween to make alone and tasty enough to build your tween's confidence in the kitchen.
There are numerous benefits of getting your tween into the kitchen (the future significant others in your tween's life will thank you for having your kid learn this recipe). One dietician maintains that a less obvious benefit is that cooking with your kids reduces the risk of drug abuse in their teen years.
I'm not going to say that this cake is health food, but it is low in fat, and is a great way to take advantage of a healthy vegetable. Canned pumpkin packs a nutritional punch with fiber, vitamin A and iron. I know that this is similar to calling carrot cake a salad, and yes, it's a stretch, but I'll take pumpkin cake over Halloween candy every single time. How about you?