Spiced Pumpkin Bars with Orange Frosting


Spiced Pumpkin BarsIngredients

4 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups granulated sugar
1 15-ounce can of pureed pumpkin
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ginger

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

  1. In the bowl of your stand-type mixer and with the paddle attachment, mix the eggs, oil, sugar, and pumpkin together until smooth.
  2. In another bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and ginger together.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and continue beating until combined.
  4. Line a 13 x 9-inch pan with parchment paper or grease and flour.  Pour the batter into the pan and smooth it until it is level.  Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool in the pan on a wire rack.  If you are using parchment paper, grab the edges of the paper and lift the cake onto a cutting board.  Frost the cake.  Cut it into bars to serve.

For the frosting

3/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon orange zest
3 cups powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoon milk

  1. Beat the butter in a small bowl until it is fluffy.  Add the zest.  Gradually add the powdered sugar.
  2. Beat in enough milk to reach the desired spreading consistency.
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