This delicious recipe for butternut squash cake is a great way to use up an autumn bumper crop of squash or pumpkin. Easily adapted to be vegan.
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If you can make a carrot cake then why not a cake made with butternut squash? Squash is naturally sweet and it works perfectly in a cake.
This butternut squash cake is a lovely autumn bake. Perfect to eat with a cup of tea after a walk in the woods.
Can you use pumpkin instead of butternut squash?
Yes, you can also use pumpkin to make this cake.
You can also use tinned pumpkin purée,* which is becoming increasingly easy to find here in the UK.
If you would like to make your own pumpkin puree check out this recipe by Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen.
Do you have to use a bundt tin?
Absolutely not. I use a bundt tin because I have one and it makes the cake really pretty. I have a silicone bundt tin*, which is great because the cake never sticks to the inside.
However, if you don’t have one this cake works perfectly in a 20cm round tin*.
More pumpkin or butternut squash bakes
You can use either pumpkin or butternut squash puree to make any of these recipes.
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How to make butternut squash cake
Butternut squash cake
- Half a medium-sized butternut squash or a 400g tin of pumpkin puree chopped into 2cm cubes
- 100 g caster sugar
- 100 g unsalted butter or dairy free spread
- 100 g ground almonds
- 100 g plain flour
- 2 large eggs or 2 flax eggs* beaten
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 200 g icing sugar
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1-2 tbsp cold water
- handful pecan nuts broken into pieces
Boil or steam the butternut squash until soft, then mash or purée until soft. Set aside and allow to cool.
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C(fan)/200°C/gas mark 6. Grease and baseline a 20cm cake tin or a bundt tin.
Cream together the 100g caster sugar and 100g butter or dairy free spread with a wooden spoon or an electric beater. Add 2 beaten eggs or flax eggs*, along with a spoonful of the ground almonds, 1 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda. Beat well.
Then add the squash or a 400g tin of pumpkin puree and 1 tbsp lemon juice. Stir well. Mix in the rest of the almonds (up to 100g) and 100g plain flour. If the mixture feels too thick add a little of the water you used for steaming the squash or a tbsp milk.
Put the cake mixture into a tin and bake for 45 minutes until a skewer or knife inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave in the tin for 5 minutes then carefully turn out onto a wire rack. This cake is delicious warm but if you're adding icing leave it to cool first.
Sift 200g icing sugar and 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon together into a mixing bowl. Add 1 tbsp cold water and stir. Gradually add the rest of the water until you have the right consistency - you are looking to drizzle it over the cake.
Drizzle the icing over the cake and add crumbled pecan nuts if liked. Allow to set then serve.
*To make two flax eggs mix 2 tbsp ground flax seeds (linseeds) with 4 tbsp cold water and set aside for five minutes to thicken.
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