Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 3/4 cup butter, softened

  2. 1-1/2 cups sugar

  3. 3 eggs

  4. 1-1/2 cups canned pumpkin

  5. 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  6. 3 cups all-purpose flour

  7. 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  8. 1 teaspoon baking powder

  9. 1 teaspoon baking soda

  10. 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  11. 1/2 teaspoon salt

  12. 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

  13. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

  14. 1 cup buttermilk FROSTING/FILLING:

  15. 2 packages (8 ounces each ) cream cheese, softened

  16. 1/2 cup butter, softened

  17. 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

  18. 2 to 3 teaspoons maple flavoring

  19. 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

  20. 2 cups crushed gingersnap cookies (about 40 cookies)

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, salt, ginger and cloves; add to pumpkin mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition. Line a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with waxed paper and grease the paper; spread batter into pan. Bake at 325° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add confectioners' sugar and enough maple flavoring to achieve a spreading consistency. For filling, in a small bowl, beat 1 cup frosting with whipping cream until soft peaks form. Cut cake into a coffin shape (discard scraps or save for another use). Cut cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; spread with filling. Top with second layer. Set aside 2 tablespoons frosting for writing; frost cake with remaining frosting. Sprinkle with cookie crumbs. Cut a small hole in the corner of a plastic bag; fill with reserved frosting. Pipe "RIP" onto cake. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 20 servings.


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