Makes: 12 servings
Prep: 30 mins
Bake: 55 mins
- 1 cup flour
- 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs, separated, plus 5 egg whites, at room temperature
- 1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree
- Confectioners sugar, for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees . In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, the pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl, combine the egg yolks and pumpkin puree. Stir the pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture until smooth.
- Using an electric mixer with a whisk attachment, whip the remaining 9 egg whites at medium speed until foamy, about 2 minutes. With the machine on, gradually whisk in the remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar; increase the speed to high and beat until stiff but still moist, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add one-quarter of the egg white mixture to the pumpkin batter, folding with a rubber spatula just until no streaks remain. Fold in the remaining egg white mixture in the same manner. Pour the batter into a 10-inch tube pan with a removable bottom and bake until springy to the touch and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 55 minutes.
- Let cool in the cake pan for 5 minutes, then invert the pan onto a narrow-necked bottle and let hang upside down until completely cool, about 1 1/2 hours. Place the cake right side up and remove the pan. To serve, dust the cake with the confectioners sugar.
- Its pumpkin-packed and a healthier alternative to high calorie custard pie.
- It will satisfy cake lovers even without layers of fatty frosting.
- Its sturdy and statuesque--a thin slice feels substantial.