Pumpkin cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

serves 8-10

For the Cake

1/2 cup (4-ounces) unsalted butter at room temperature

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/3 cup granulated sugar

2 cups cake flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 extra large eggs at room temperature

1/2 cup buttermilk at room temperature

1 1/4 cups pumpkin purée, homemade or canned

For the Frosting

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, cold

6 Tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature

2 1/2 to 3 cups confectioners' sugar

1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 Tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice

1 1/2 teaspoon orange zest

Pinch of ground cinnamon

For the Cake

Preheat the oven to 350º F.  Line two 8-inch round cake pans with parchment paper and spray with non-stick baking spray.  Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and pepper over a medium bowl; stir in the salt and set aside.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.  Alternate adding the flour and buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour.  Add the pumpkin and beat until smooth.  Divide the batter equally between the prepared pans.  Rap the pans lightly on the counter to release any air bubbles.  Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Place the pans on a wire cooling rack and allow the cakes to cool for 10 minutes.  Invert the cakes onto the racks, remove the parchment, and cool completely.

For the Frosting

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a bowl with a hand-held mixer, cream the butter, cream cheese, vanilla, and orange juice just until blended.  Add one-third of the sugar at a time and beat just until smooth; do not over beat.  However, if the frosting seems too stiff, beat a few seconds longer.  Stir in the orange zest and cinnamon.  

To assemble the cake, place one cake on a serving platter.  Frost the top of the cake and place the second layer on top.  Frost the sides and top.  Allow the frosting to set before serving, about 1-2 hours.  Enjoy! 

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