Butternut Squash Cake
Servings: 2 -layer 8 or 9" cake
This butternut squash cake is moist, fluffy and filled with warm spices. It's also gluten-free, dairy free and a super easy recipe.
Butternut Squash Cake
- 2 1/2 c gluten-free flour blend*
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 c sugar
- 1/4 c maple sugar optional, replace with 1/4 c sugar if not using
- 3 large eggs
- 1 1/2 c butternut squash puree canned or fresh, steamed
- 1 c oil avocado, sunflower, canola etc
- 1 tsp vanilla extract or bean paste
Maple Buttercream Frosting
- 3 sticks butter room temperature
- 2 1/2 c powdered sugar
- 6 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp salt
If making your own butternut squash puree, see above for instructions on steaming. Canned butternut squash puree is a great option and can be found online at Vitacost.com and at Trader Joe's.
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line two 8 or 9 inch cakepans with parchment (optional) and grease with oil spray.
Make the Cake
Whisk the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt together in a medium sized mixing bowl
Beat the, sugar, eggs, oil, squash puree and vanilla together in a large bowl.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir with a whisk until smooth. Do not beat or over mix.
Divide the batter evenly between the cake pans.
Bake 35-38 minutes for 8" pans or 28-32 minutes for 9" pans or until the top is set and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Make the Maple Buttercream Frosting
This recipe makes enough to generously frost between the layers, on top and very lightly on the sides (as pictured). Double the recipe if you want a thick coating on the sides of the cake.
Beat the butter with an electric mixer for 1 minute. Add half of the powdered sugar and salt and mix on low until the sugar is incorporated.
Add the remaining sugar and beat on low until incorporated.
Add the maple syrup and beat until smooth - around 10 seconds. Beating too long will create air bubbles.
*This recipe was tested with King Arthur Gluten-Free Measure for Measure Flour (follow the link for an excellent price). Cupc4Cup and Pamela's All Purpose Artisan Blend are similar and will work too,
*If you use a flour blend without xanthan gum, inulin or guar gum, add 1 tsp xanthan gum to the dry ingredients.