thanksgiving food testing

I am happy to be attending a random gathering of people for the festival of thanks and giving this week at the vancouver street house (aka: where all my friends live). As true to my food-geek and control-freak nature, I have been thinking about what to make for many days now.

Yesterday I tested an *amazing* yummy cake from the conscious kitchen.   Last week she wrote about a spicy chocolate pumpkin cake and I finally got to test it yesterday- and it is definitely coming to dinner with me on thursday!  You must try this recipe (or come to dinner with me!)
The cake is soft and moderately dense (due to the pumpkin puree), deep chocolately (melted bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder) and chai-spicy (cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cayenne, and I added cardamon too).  I didn’t try the frosting yet, but I trust that it will be yum.

This recipe makes one 8 inch cake (I used a springform pan), but I would like to try to double the recipe and make two layers of the cake… maybe with some spicy vanilla frosting in the middle, with the chocolate ganache frosting on the top.

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