{Try Again} Spiced Pumpkin Cake

by Holly on June 14, 2012

in baking,dessert,kitchen fail,life,positivity,recipes,vegetarian

This isn’t a post about fall.

This isn’t a post about debating whether beans belong in desserts.

This isn’t a post about how I haven’t done the dishes in my sink in more than a week.

This is a post about failure.

This is a post about trying something new.

This is a post about picking yourself up off the kitchen floor when all you want is to crawl into the fetal position and finish off that carton of mint chocolate chip ice cream in your freezer. It’s about forging on. Beginning again. For starters, you should forget that jerky boy who dumped you and the so-called friends in your life who don’t fully appreciate you or haters. Let. Them. Go. Right now. These lessons I’ve all learned the hard way.

I really want to say this is a post about do-overs…but it’s not.

Because I firmly believe that in life, there are no do-overs. We learn from every experience and success and failure and thing we attempt to do. I hate to say Mama Everythingtarian is right, but the woman speaks truth. Don’t mess with a woman who can bootydance with girls half her age.

It seems silly to want to take those experiences – for good and for bad – back and “redo” them, no? They’ve undoubtedly made me the person I am today (again, for good and for bad). Instead, I’d like to proclaim right here and now that life is about try-agains.

If you don’t like your job, try a new one! I am doing it…and you can too.

If you feel silly wearing the same clothes as 16-year-old girls, stop shopping at Forever21. Try Gap. Or H&M. Or a thrift store. There are other options…just make sure it isn’t Hollister.

If you eat nothing but carbs and beer today, try a salad tomorrow.

If you fail at making Pumpkin Spice Bean Blondies the first time, then by all means, try again.

Three times if you have to. Even if the result isn’t anything you intended it to be.

Spiced Pumpkin Cake
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 25 to 27 minutes

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 t pumpkin pie spice
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 t salt
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup cannellini beans
1 cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or Earth Balance stick, room temperature
1 egg
1 t vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, sift together flour, pie spice, soda, powder and salt. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree and beans until smooth. Add sugar and butter, and beat until mixture is fluffy. Mix in egg and vanilla extract. In small batches, add dry ingredients, stirring after each addition. Batter will be fairly thick.

Spread batter into greased 9×9″ baking pan, and bake for 25 to 27 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean. Let cool. Slice into 9 squares and serve.

Makes 9 cake squares

P.S. I haven’t made my mind up about beans in desserts…or shopping at Forever21 at age 27.

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Stacie@ Snaps and Bits June 15, 2012 at 5:38 am

That looks so yummy and healthy Holly! I am coming off a 3 day juice cleanse and can’t wait to eat this morning! Of course, I won’t have the patience to bake today but maybe later in the weekend! Have a great one!

Lauren June 15, 2012 at 5:52 am

I just made blondies using beans and they turned out amazing! I haven’t opened a can of pumpkin in months but when I do, I know I’ll be making this

Hillary June 15, 2012 at 7:44 am

It’s ok, Holly. I still shop at F21 at age 27 as well. Sometimes you just need a $10 sundress. Nothing wrong with that.

I still haven’t done the beans in dessert thing, but this looks right up my alley!

Karey @ Nutty About Health June 15, 2012 at 8:32 am

Hi Holly! I think the spiced pumpkin cake looks amazing!! The only dessert I’ve made with beans are black bean brownies. I’ll have to give these a try when I’m having one of my Sugar Monster (alter ego) days since I’ll have no control and snarf the whole batch down most likely. :P
I love what you said about there being no do-overs in life. You learn from everything, even your mistakes. So true. Have a great day!

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 15, 2012 at 9:34 am

Ah! I am so excited for you! With the new career path and the blondies. :)

I spent the better part of my Chile vacation partying with Navy men. Talk about doing things you’re too old for… 4:30 am and I never need to meet again. But man, oh man, it was FUN!!!

Elizabeth June 15, 2012 at 9:43 am

I feel great about shopping at Forever 21 for my 27th birthday outfit. I wish for do-overs daily. And I’ll trust your final judgement on beans in dessert because you have a keen sense for delicious.

Ally June 15, 2012 at 9:50 am

This looks delicious – I am a HUGE fan of eating all-things-pumpkin all year ’round!

P.S. I am 28 and still shop at Forever XXI…no shame my friend…no shame! ;)

emily (a nutritionist eats) June 15, 2012 at 11:02 am

Such a good reminder to let go of the past and look to the future! (Something I need to remember from time to time!)

Alysha @Shesontherun June 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I once burn a cherry turnover in a pizza over. It turned into a black brick and had a little flame on top. At least the fire didn’t spread, right?

Megan (Braise the Roof) June 15, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Yeah, I definitely still shop at Forever 21. I like to rationalize it by telling myself that they just have SO much inventory and I only pick out the relatively classy stuff. ;)

BroccoliHut June 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm

I’ve been too much of a wimp to try incorporating beans into my baked goods. Probably because I kind of suck at baking anyway, so I’m not sure adding superfluous legumes would help my situation. That being said, maybe I’ll give this recipe a go–I’m for all things pumpkin!

Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 15, 2012 at 7:28 pm

This showed up perfectly in time with my recent random & frequent baking moods. ADDING TO THE LIST!

Ruthie @ the tasty tRuth June 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Well…this post DOES make me long for fall, and for a lower-carb diet, and the perfect career, but it also makes me happy to be exactly where I am. :)

joelle (on a pink typewriter) June 15, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Dude, A-FREAKIN-MEN. Thank you once again for writing a post that’s spot on and what I needed to hear.. If you’re ever in D.C., I owe you a beer or a brownie.. or both. :)

Purely Twins June 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Looks great!! We are both so happy for you and your next adventure!

and can you believe there is no H&M in our area :( so sad love that store

Laura June 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I like this post. Sometimes posts just hit the spot and resonate with me. This is one of them. Thanks for sharing:)

Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy June 16, 2012 at 3:50 pm

those look delicious! i love pumpkin!

Mary Legare Whaley June 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Bahaa! You are hilarious. I actually make Great Northern Bean cinnamon spice cakes and pumpkin brownies on a weekly basis (for dinner). I’m a kid at heart. I love dessert for dinner. But if my dessert is made from beans or pumpkin, it couldn’t be that bad…However, I’ve never mixed the beans and pumpkin. If you’re not totally thrilled with this recipe (which still sounds pretty tasty to me!), make it again and add 1 to 2 tablespoons of dark cocoa powder (unsweetened). It could be monumental. I find that cocoa powder does wonders. I love Pure Bars (the brownie flavor) which is made of dates and nuts and some cocoa powder. I swear, you could convince anyone that it’s a brownie.

colleenzo June 18, 2012 at 3:30 pm

As a proud thirty-year old, I am fully in support of shopping at Forever21. As long as you don’t wear your purchases in the exact same way a 16-year-old would. Style is less the pieces you buy than what you do with them. :)

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef June 18, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I like this post! Trying again is always the hardest thing because you already know what happened last time… it’s like bad muscle memory. I’m glad you made it through and created this beautiful treat :)

TeriLyn [a foodie stays fit] June 18, 2012 at 8:49 pm

I went to the store tonight to buy pumpkin puree just to make these. AND THEY DIDN’T HAVE ANY!!! i drank a hard cider to try to console myself. It only partially worked.

Tamar June 20, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I just happen to have one can of pumpkin left in my stash! These look great. There have been so many things in my life I’ve wanted to “do over.” But I have tried to force myself to believe that the lessons learned and experiences had are valuable, and who knows what would change if you actually could have a do-over? I mean, have you ever seen the Butterfly Effect? Freaky.

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