Pumpkin Cake with Maple Cinnamon Cheesecake Filling and Chocolate Ganache
Yield One 4-layer, 6-inch cake or 3-layer, 8-inch cake
Pumpkin Cake with Maple Cinnamon Cheesecake Filling and Chocolate Ganace.
Tender pumpkin spice cake layers with maple cinnamon cheesecake filling and chocolate ganache frosting.
For the Cake (adapted from Sweetapolita)
- 1 1/2 cup (300 g) granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup (165 g) packed brown light brown sugar
- 5 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 cup (218 g) vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons (6.3 g) vanilla
- 2 cups pumpkin purée
- 3 cups (360 g) all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons (6 g) baking powder
- 3 teaspoons (7.92 g) ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoon (4 g) ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon (2.64 g) nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon (5.6 g) salt
FOR THE MAPLE CINNAMON CHEESECAKE (adapted from Milk Bar)
- 8 ounces (225 g) cream cheese
- 3/4 cup (150 g) sugar
- 1 tablespoon (8 g) cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon (2.8 g) kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons (30 g) milk
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons (8.4 g) maple extract
- 1/2 teaspoon (1.32 g) cinnamon
FOR THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE
- 2 cups (300 g) dark chocolate
- 1 cup (231 g) heavy whipping cream (plus a few more tablespoons if needed to soften after it cools)
FOR THE PUMPKIN CAKE
- Preheat 350 degrees F. Spray four 6-inch pans or three 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray and line the bottoms with parchment paper rounds. Spray again and then set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the sugar and eggs together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the oil and vanilla and beat on medium until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the pumpkin puree and mix until combined, about another 30 seconds.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, and salt, and with the mixer on the lowest speed, gradually add to the pumpkin/egg mixture.
- Evenly distribute batter into the prepared pans, smooth with a small offset palette knife and place in the center of the middle rack of the oven, about 2 inches apart. Bake until a knife or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 23 to 25 minutes.
- Let pans cool on a wire rack 10 minutes, and then invert cakes onto rack and cool them completely.
FOR THE MAPLE CINNAMON CHEESECAKE
- Preheat your oven to 320 degree F. Line the bottom and sides of a 6x6 inch baking pan with plastic wrap. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese on low speed for 2 minutes. Add the sugar and mix for 1 to 2 minutes, until the sugar has been completely incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix for another 30 seconds.
- In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch and salt. Whisk in the milk, in a slow, steady stream, then whisk in the egg until the slurry is homogenous.
- With the mixer on medium-low, stream in the egg slurry. Mix for about 3 to 4 minutes, until the mixture is smooth and loose. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the maple flavor and cinnamon. Mix until combined.
- Pour the cheesecake batter into the pan, put the pan in the oven and bake for 25 minutes. When the time is up, gently shake the pan. The cheesecake should be firmer and more set toward the outer edge but still jiggly and loose in the center. If the cheesecake is jiggly all over, give it another 5 minutes.
- Cool the cheesecake completely to finish the baking process and allow the cheesecake to set. The final product will resemble cheesecake but will be spreadable. Once cooled, the cheesecake can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
FOR THE CHOCOLATE GANACHE
- In a microwave safe bowl, heat the cream for about 1 minute. Pour the cream over the chocolate and let sit for about 5 minutes. Mix the chocolate and cream until smooth and shiny. If needed, microwave the mixture for an additional 30 seconds.
- In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, pour in the chocolate ganache and beat on medium-high for about 5 minutes.
- Refrigerate the ganache until slightly cooled, but not hard. You can make it ahead of time, but will need to return to room temperature and whip again before frosting. If you do this, you may need to add some more cream to make it spreadable.
- Make sure each cake layer is level, and the place the first cake layer on a cake board on top of a turn table.
- Pipe a rim of chocolate ganache around the edge of the cake layer. Fill the center of the cake with about one-third of the filling for the 6-inch cake or about one-half of the filling for the 8-inch cake.
- Repeat step two for the remaining cake layers. Place the final cake layer on the last layer of filling top side down.
- Apply a thin coat of chocolate ganache around the cake to lock in the crumbs. Freeze the cake for 10 minutes to set the frosting.
- Finish frosting the cake with the remaining chocolate ganache.
Recipe by Cake by Courtney at https://cakebycourtney.com/pumpkin-cake-with-maple-cinnamon-cheesecake-and-chocolate-ganache/