September 20, 2013

Express Meal-Pumpkin Spice Cake


So, this is a little bit awkward to right as the feature is express meals and I’m leading with an item that isn’t a meal nor is it super fast, but before you think I’ve gone around the bend, I do want to spotlight why I’m adding an express meal feature to my blog.

I know that people think there’s a glorification of busy going on and maybe that’s true, but whether I’m trying to be busy to show everyone how great I am at handling a packed schedule or whether we’re just busy, I’m still busy and I know I have a lot less on my plate than families that are juggling two working parents, more kids, medical and other special needs and a million other factors.

Express Meals is about good food you can get on your table fast. These will be healthy meals that require few ingredients, little prep time and little cooking time so you can devote your time to the things that matter; like helping the kids with homework, having a glass of wine with your husband after a long day or playing catch with the dog. Or playing catch the dog, depending on your dog.

So, why Pumpkin Spice cake.

This cake has three ingredients, takes about five minutes in the mixer and an hour in the oven. Am I crazy? What’s express about that?

For starters, the simple prep means little hands can help. It means that once you dump it in the oven, you’re free to cook dinner, watch tv, play games and read books. It’s nearly effortless. I’m not going to go so far as to call it healthy, it’s made form a boxed cake mix. Have you read those ingredients? Yeah, I can’t pronounce half of them either, but we all deserve a little treat every now and then and at 4 Weight Watchers Points+ a serving, it’s a pretty good deal.


Pumpkin Spice Cake
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: adapated from varoous internet sources
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Serves: 18
  • 1 Box of Duncan Hines Spiced Cake Mix
  • 1-15oz can of pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/4c of water
  1. Preheat your oven according to the instructions on the back of your cake mix box. I used a dark metal bundt pan and my oven needed to be at 325 degrees
  2. Dump water, pumpkin and cake mix into a bowl and mix it.
  3. Spray down your bundt pan with Pam.
  4. Dump batter into cake pan.
  5. Stick it in the oven (I feel like Thug Kitchen now).
  6. Bake for around an hour. The cake does take longer to bake than a traditional cake. I started checking the cake at the box suggested time of 35 minutes, but it needed the extra 25.
  7. servings makes each slice 4 points plus.


It comes out moist, delicious and tastes a little bit like pumpkin pie.  It’s a great sweet treat if you’re watching calories or points and goes great as dessert following a delicious cup of soup.

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