Kids in the Kitchen – Pumpkin and Orange Cake

Welcome to this weeks Kids in the Kitchen. This week we have spent a lot of time in the kitchen together especially as it’s been half term. Boo helped me make our Christmas Cake, I’ll tell you about that another time but it’s nicely stored away now ready to be ‘fed’ with brandy every week until Christmas. Boo said she doesn’t mind if she doesn’t have any so long as I make another Christmas Cake, preferable chocolate…I think maybe a Chocolate Log will be in order.
On Halloween we had some friends over and we made some plain fridge biscuits and the children had to decorate them as scarily as they could. They had lots of fun.

Our recipe this week is Pumpkin and Orange Cake. I did make pumpkin pie but it didn’t go down very well. I thought it was lovely but no-one else liked it.

As always I like to start with saying thanks to those that joined in last week. This time thanks goes to T from Autism Mumma who made a delicious looking Rustic Apple Crumble. Thank you for joining us. If you would like to join in please use the linky at the end of this post. I’d love to see and share what you’ve been cooking with your kids. If you need some inspiration check out our Kids in the Kitchen Pinterest board.

Pumpkin and Orange Cake


300g self raising flour
300g light muscovado sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 eggs, beaten
200g melted butter
zest 1 orange
juice 1 orange
500g peeled weight pumpkin grated
for frosting:
85g softened unsalted butter
170g icing sugar, sifted
tbs orange juice


preheat oven to 180C gas mark 4
butter and line a 30 x 20 cm baking tray
beat the eggs into the melted butter.
Add the flour, sugar, spices, soda and salt
Stir in the orange zest and 1tbs of the orange juice
Stir in the pumpkin
Pour into the tin and bake for 30 mins until springy to touch and a skewer comes out clean
While still warm in the tin, pour over the rest of the orange juice.
To make the frosting,
mix together the butter, icing sugar and then add the orange juice.
Boo had lots of fun mixing the ingredients. She was happy to keep my secret and we didn’t tell the rest of the family that their was pumpkin in the cake. Everyone had insisted that they didn’t like pumpkin, so I wanted them to try the cake before knowing the ingredients. We all decided it tasted like carrot cake only sweeter and with more of an orange flavour.

How to squeeze an orange

Mixing in the secret ingredient…shhhh!

Pumpkin and Orange Cake

So now it’s over to you, get in the kitchen with your kids and come and share what you’ve cooked,

I’d also be mighty grateful if you included my badge in your post so others can see it and come along and join in. (although adding the badge is not compulsory to joining in)


  1. November 4, 2014 / 9:47 am

    Sounds delicious. I'd like to try some that has been baked by someone else 😉

  2. November 5, 2014 / 8:51 am

    Looks lovely, I think our pumpkin flesh is destined for soup this year as well as the two remaining guinea pigs, they seem to love it but def a recipe to try out next year 🙂

  3. November 9, 2014 / 11:18 pm

    i love the idea of pumpkin cake with orange in it too. We tried making pumpkin pie a couple of years ago but things didn't turn out so well! x

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