If you like pumpkin pie, you'll love this cake's subtle spice flavors and velvety cream cheese frosting. The slightly sweet and mild pecans add a pleasant crunch to the smooth frosting. Pumpkin-pie spice is a combination of warm spices: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, and mace. Use it to enliven applesauce, vanilla ice cream, or tea.

Ingredients

Cake

  • Cooking Spray
  • 2 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup canola oil
  • 1/2 Cup egg substitute
  • 2 Large eggs
  • 1 (15-Ounce) can unsweetened pumpkin
  • 2 Cup all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 Teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt

Frosting

  • 2 Tablespoon butter, softened
  • 1 (8-Ounce) package 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 3 Cup powedered sugar
  • 2 Teaspoon fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 Cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • Orange slices (optional)

Preparation

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

To prepare cake, coat 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray. Dust pans evenly with 2 tablespoons flour.

Step 3

Combine 1 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, and oil in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed 2 minutes or until well blended. Add egg substitute and eggs; beat until well blended. Add pumpkin, beating until blended.

Step 4

Lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and next 3 ingredients (through salt) in a medium bowl. Gradually add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, beating just until blended. Spoon batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove cake from pans; cool completely on wire rack.

Step 5

To prepare frosting, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until blended (do not overbeat). Add juice, stirring until blended.

Step 6

Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate. Spread 1 cup frosting over layer, and top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top of cake. Sprinkle with pecans, and garnish with orange slices, if desired.