Cake cake cake cake cake cake cake….
(Bonus points if you repeatedly belted out “cake” Rihanna style… in your head of course.)
And if you’re now thoroughly confused.
Don’t worry about it.
Because Rihanna groupie or not, today I’m presenting you with pumpkin spice cake!
Slathered with none other than maple cream cheese frosting.
Yeah yeah, I guess they’re called “bars,” but technically this right here is a little sheet cake.
A sheet cake that you +
another lucky individual yourself could easily polish off in one sitting.
But really you should savor and share because the holidays are approaching wayyy too dang fast and I know your goal is to make it onto that nice list this year.
This cake is actually quite nice itself because it’s on the healthy end of the cake spectrum (while still tasting tasty of course) and it’s friggin’ vegan!
See, the cake itself contains a generous dose of canned pumpkin, plus some unsweetened applesauce, peanut oil (or whatever neutral oil you got hanging around), pure vanilla extract, coconut sugar, whole wheat flour, AP flour, ground cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, plus a pinch of salt!
Lick the batter remenants out of the mixing bowl because yeah it’s that good.
(Do make sure your bars are cool, or the frosting is going to melt then consequently slip and slide all over the place.)
Top your mouth-watering cake/bars with roasted salted pecan pieces then you’re all set!
Slice and serve.
Or take a fork to your creation right out of the pan when no one’s watching.
Fido did it…
P.S. Make this thing gluten-free by swapping in gluten-free all-purpose flour. (You’ll need one cup total.)
P.P.S. Baking times can vary quite a bit depending on your oven, pan, and elevation (life’s complicated, get used to it) sooo watch the thing like a hawk and start jabbing the center with a knife around 20 minutes to check for doneness. It could take 25 minutes so don’t get too eager because the center will be a bit battery still.
P.P.P.S. You could easily swap in walnuts for the pecans but I do highly recommend nuts if you’re not allergic. This cake isn’t worth dying for, really.