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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Iowa Pumpkin Sheet Cake

A bit different from your typical pumpkin bar, 
these have a unique secret ingredient and a frosting that is mouthwatering!

iowa pumpkin sheet cake (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

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Here's the thing.  The state of Texas has a lot going for them.  Here is my short, very thought through list.


Excellent Tex-Mex.

Talented football teams.

Award-winning barbecue.

Matthew McConaughey.

Texas Sheet Cake.

You see they have all this great stuff and then they had the nerve on top of all their glory to name a cake after themselves.


iowa pumpkin sheet cake (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

The history of texas sheet cake is a bit foggy.  There are many articles out there saying how it became the dessert of the south.  Relish wrote this article awhile back on it, if you feel like digging in.

One thing is certain it is a dark chocolate cake baked in a jelly roll pan, glazed with a chocolate frosting.  Sometimes it has nuts, sometimes it doesn't.  It's good.  End of story.

Speaking of jelly roll pans, I have this one and I love it.  I'm pretty sure my mom got it for me {because, you know, I'm a dork and these are the things I put on my lists}.  Anyway, I highly recommend this one.

iowa pumpkin sheet cake (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

It has been over a month since I shared a baked goodie on here {I know...} and after I realized that I was VERY disappointed in myself.

These bars are my redemption.

Oh my golly, they are good.  And folks they have a secret ingredient....melted Blue Bunny Pumpkin Pie Spice ice cream.  It's IN the batter.  My friends at Blue Bunny told me about their holiday line now available in stores, so naturally I found my way to the nearest ice cream aisle and purchased some.  I also plan on using it in two other dessert style dishes.

I got up and in the kitchen at 7 a.m. on Saturday and starting making the biggest kitchen mess of my life.  The husband got home later, walked in and wondered what in the $%^#! I was doing.  It was a bit like tornado alley.  But I promised in 15 minutes I'd have the place put back together, and I did!

And having these warm on the counter, with frosting dripping downs the sides waiting for all of us, made the mess totally worth it.

iowa pumpkin sheet cake (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

So I know you are wondering, why is this called "Iowa Pumpkin Sheet Cake"?

Well, I wanted to one-up that big state of Texas.  I wanted Iowa to have a sheet cake two. I'm from Iowa, I live in Iowa and I like Iowa.  Let's start a trend, shall we?  Can I get all of you to share this recipe with your friends and family and call it "Iowa Pumpkin Sheet Cake"?

I'd love you forever.

Maybe someday this sheet cake can be AS popular as the Texas cousin.  {Probably not, but a girl can dream}.

Until then, don't get annoyed when I'm sharing this all over gods-green-earth spreading the love.  And make these!  You won't be disappointed.

Iowa Pumpkin Sheet Cake

For the batter:
1 15 oz. can pumpkin
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. sugar
1 c. melted Blue Bunny Spiced Pumpkin Pie ice cream
2 t. vanilla
3 eggs
2 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1/4 t. nutmeg
2 c. flour

For the icing:
1 stick unsalted butter
6 T. melted Blue Bunny Spiced Pumpkin Pie ice cream
1 t. vanilla
1 t. cinnamon
3 1/2 c. powdered sugar

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a jelly roll pan {12 1/2 x 17 1/2}.
2.  In a stand mixer combine the pumpkin, sugars and melted ice cream until smooth.
3.  Slowly add in one egg at a time and vanilla.
4.  Sift together baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and flour.  Combine into the batter until smooth.
5.  Pour into the greased jelly roll pan and spread flat.
6.  Bake for 17-19 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
7.  While the cake is baking make the frosting.  In a saucepan on the stove over medium heat melt the butter.
8.  Once the butter is melted, let it continue to cook while stirring until it becomes light brown in color and has a caramel like smell and taste.
9.  Remove the pan from the heat and add in the spices, melted ice cream and powdered sugar, whisking until smooth.  If too thick, thin out with more melted ice cream.
10.  Pour immediately over the warm cake and spread smooth.
11.  Bars can be stored covered on the counter.  If it is warm though, I would recommend keeping them in the fridge.

*If you do not have or can't find Blue Bunny Spice Pumpkin Pie Spice ice cream, feel free to use any brand you can find, or just plain old vanilla.

Iowa Pumpkin Sheet Cake...it's the NEW fall dessert!  Classic, yet with a secret ingredient that other cakes don't have! (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

Let's start this Iowa Pumpkin Sheet Cake trend!  Start sharing!

Would you like to comment?

  1. Made this yesterday. Not too sweet at all like the commented before thinks it looks.

    Very good and holds moisture amazingly.

  2. Getting ready to make this with caramel ice cream….couldn’t find pumpkin or cinnamon so going for it!