Removing a slice of cake from a round frosted pumpkin cake.

Pumpkin Marcona Almond Cake with Cinnamon Mascarpone Frosting

Pumpkin Marcona Almond Cake with Cinnamon Mascarpone Frosting is filled with festive pumpkin and the whisper of ground Marcona almonds and is topped with a cinnamon-spiced mascarpone cream frosting.

Removing a slice of cake from a round frosted pumpkin cake.
Pumpkin Marcona Almond Cake with Cinnamon Mascarpone Frosting

Oh this cake. Pumpkin Marcona Almond Cake with Cinnamon Mascarpone Frosting was a winner in my family’s books, and one I know I will be making again and again, long after the holidays are through. Thank goodness for canned pumpkin!

A slice of Pumpkin Marcona Almond Cake with Cinnamon Mascarpone Frosting.

Disclosure: This recipe was originally created for McCormick’s Go4Gourmet Program and compensation was provided by McCormick. Thank you so much for your visits and making my blog part of your day!

I rose at dawn to hug my sister goodbye. And now, the house feels empty. After two weeks of visitors, I had become accustomed to full bedrooms and someone at every seat at the table. I got used to the continuous cooking, my children having more playmates, and lots of movie nights.

Canned pumpkin, cinnamon, salt, and marcona almonds arranged in bowls.
An unfrosted Pumpkin Marcona Almond Cake.

What a good Thanksgiving it was!

We filled the emptiness by decking the halls and cramming it full of all things Christmas. Garland now drapes the mantle, and my husband and I heaved in the tallest tree we could find. Christmas carols take the place of stillness, and we all dug through ornaments, marveling at the oldest ones, reminding me of Christmases past.

A round Pumpkin Marcona Almond Cake with a layer of mascarpone frosting.

And I took a break from the kitchen. After the last pan was scrubbed, I did not light a burner for the rest of the day.

My stomach still feels full from the holiday feasts, and my heart is happy with the new memories we are making. While my sister and brother-in-law were here, I made this Pumpkin Marcona Almond Cake with Cinnamon Mascarpone Frosting.  Rustic and inviting, large wedges of cake boast of delicious pumpkin, and the whisper of ground Marcona almonds. And the frosting…how could I not tell you about the frosting? That is whipped with mascarpone cream, and spiked with roasted Saigon cinnamon. I have to tell you, this cake nearly disappeared before my eyes. 

Pumpkin Marcona Almond Cake topped with frosting and more almonds.
A slice of frosted pumpkin cake on a white plate.

Thanksgiving may be over, but my love for pumpkin is still strong. This Pumpkin Marcona Almond Cake is one to enjoy again and again, through the holidays and colder weather ahead.

Disclosure: This recipe was created for McCormick’s Go4Gourmet Program, where I was challenged to create a recipe featuring Saigon Cinnamon, Pumpkin, Almonds and Sea Salt. Compensation was provided by McCormick. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of McCormick.

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Pumpkin Marcona Almond Cake with Cinnamon Mascarpone Frosting

Pumpkin Marcona Almond Cake with Cinnamon Mascarpone Frosting is filled with festive pumpkin and the whisper of ground Marcona almonds and is topped with a cinnamon-spiced mascarpone cream frosting.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 1 9″ round cake*
Calories 8859kcal

Ingredients

For the cake:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons Saigon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups canola oil
  • 15 oz pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup blanched Marcona almonds ground

For the frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven 350°F. Prepare your baking pan by coating with cooking spray or butter.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs until light and frothy. Beat in the oil. Add the flour mixture in two additions, until just incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Stir in the pumpkin and ground almonds.
  • Pour the batter into the pan and place in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes, then check. If using a 13"x9" pan, bake up to 45-50 minutes total time, or until the cake is springy and a toothpick inserted in the center comes clean. If using a springform pan, lower the temperature to 325°F and bake up to 50 minutes total time, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes clean.
  • When the cake is baked, remove from oven. Let it cool completely. If using a springform pan, remove sides and trim the top of the cake with a serrated knife for a flat surface. Invert onto your wire rack or serving plate. Remove bottom of springform pan if using. Wrap the cake well and refrigerate until ready to frost. This can be done a day or two in advance.
  • Make the frosting by whipping together the butter and mascarpone cheese. Add the vanilla and cinnamon. Slowly add the powdered sugar and whisk well. Frost the cake and refrigerate.
  • Remove the cake from the refrigerator about 10-15 minutes prior to serving.

Notes

What size pan to use? This recipe is written for baking in one 9″ round pan, but can also be baked in a 13″x9″ rectangular pan or even a springform pan. The recipe instructions provide additional details on adjusting baking times to suit the pan size you’ve chosen.

Nutrition

Calories: 8859kcal | Carbohydrates: 898g | Protein: 96g | Fat: 560g | Saturated Fat: 154g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 102g | Monounsaturated Fat: 250g | Trans Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 1126mg | Sodium: 4596mg | Potassium: 2278mg | Fiber: 34g | Sugar: 656g | Vitamin A: 73166IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 944mg | Iron: 25mg
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