Recipe: Lazy Pumpkin Spiced Loaf Cake

pumpkin spiced loaf cake

It’s officially the start of October! Not only does that mean that I can start wearing extra spooky accessories on the regular (I MAY have treated myself to some ridiculous fabulous golden skeleton earrings already, ghoulfriends!), but it also means pumpkin spiced everything is in abundance – and I am totally OK with that.

Yes, that sweet n’ spicy cliche might be done to death by 2017, but it’s a cliche that I’m more than happy to indulge in!  To me (and about a million others I am sure!), pumpkin spiced scents and flavours signify the start of Autumn. And besides, it tastes amazing!

October also means that some pretty nasty weather is likely to kick in and there are going to be some days when you just can’t bear to put on real clothes and go outside. But your local coffee shop does a mean pumpkin spiced loaf cake – wah! What’s a gal to do?

pumpkin spiced loaf cake

Well, over the weekend I found myself in a similar position! My big plans to go out for the day had been totally thwarted by the weather, so I decided to stay home and bake something pumpkin-y and spicy #becauseoctober. A few of you have been sliding into my DM’s asking for the recipe (if you can really call it that!), so I thought I’d share it today!

If you’ve seen any of my other recipes, you’ll know by now that I am extremely lazy in the kitchen and this post is no exception! Here’s my quick and easy take on a pumpkin spiced loaf cake…

pumpkin spiced loaf cake

You will need:

  • 1 can of pumpkin filling (I used a brand called Baking Buddy, from Tesco)
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1 box of cake mix (I used Devil’s Food by Betty Crocker)
  • 8 tablespoons of oil (I used coconut oil)
  • 230ml water
  • White chocolate chunks
  • DIY spice mix (below – ground nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and allspice)
  • Frosting (I used the pre-made kind, also Betty Crocker!)

Preheat the oven to 180 (or whatever your cake mix dictates!). While that’s heating up, combine the eggs, oil, water and cake mix in a big bowl. Add the pumpkin filling and chocolate chunks and mix well. Sidenote: I couldn’t see the chocolate chunks after I baked the loaf, so it’s up to you if you want to bother with them! 

Spice up your life! Make your own spice mix using 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg, half a teaspoon of ground ginger and half a teaspoon of ground allspice (the kind with clove listed in the ingredients). Mix together then add into your batter.

Pour your mixture into a loaf tin and bake in the oven for about half an hour. Enjoy the smell of warm pumpkin spiced sponge as it fills your home. Mmmm.

pumpkin spiced loaf cake

Once your cake is baked, let it cool. I personally think the loaf is nice on its own, BUT this time around I added a cinnamon frosted topping. This sounds fancy, but it was actually a tub of vanilla frosting mixed with a teaspoon of cinnamon – bada bing, bada boom!

You’re good to go – slice your loaf cake and cosy up with your favourite hot drink.

And that’s how I made this PSL: Pumpkin Spiced Loaf cake! I hope you give this seasonal treat a try – I have a feeling that this batch won’t be around for very long and I’ll be making it again soon…

Wrapped up for Autumn in a Leopard Print Coat

leopard print coat

leopard print coat

leopard print coat

leopard print coat

leopard print coat

leopard print coat

leopard print coat

leopard print coat

Outfit Details

Leopard Print Coat | c/o Gap

Sunglasses | Ban.do

Orange Dress | Debenhams c/o St Enoch

Nails | Swoon

Hair | BLOW Shawlands

Sneakers| VANS

Ahhh. Does it get any better than a leopard print coat? Call me easy pleased, but I’ve had a spotted faux fur coat in my regular rotation for… how long? Ahem, let’s just say Richie Edwards and Nicky Wire have a LOT to answer for. So, I take great delight when I get to cosy up in my favourite print at the start of Autumn and even more when a new furry friend comes to join me!

I first spied this Gap leopard print coat during their AW17 press showcase last month and it was pretty much love at first sight. The oversized, vintage-influenced cut (those sleeves!) make it a little less structured than some of my other coats, but means it’s also super easy to throw on.

I should also mention that it feels just like a teddy bear – so soft and snuggly!

leopard print coat

Over the weekend, I wore my new coat while we were out and about on some of the chilliest days we’ve had in ages. We grabbed lunch at Bab’s (Greek fries = LIFE, dontcha know), did a little shopping (a ouija board-themed cake stand for all of my Halloween hostessing needs…) and went to see Mother! at the cinema (have you seen it?).

Leopard print coats get a bit of a bad rep and tend to be a love-it-or-hate it character in the fashion world. They tread a very fine line between rock n’ roll and ‘fabulous old lady’ – plus a lot of people see them as tacky (IMAGINE!). That may be the case but I fully intend to keep cosy in leopard print until I’m a fabulous rock n’ roll old lady; living my best tacky life!

Autumn Adventuring… and a Giveaway!

Autumn Adventuring

I spent a few days last week getting away from the city and exploring some beautiful Scottish landscapes – from forests, islands and endless blue skies at Loch Lomond, to coastal walks and bracing winds at Largs and Gourock. Getting wrapped up in cosy layers, armed with my trusty camera, felt like the perfect way to embrace the new season and do some Autumn adventuring!

Autumn Adventuring

Autumn Adventuring

Along with a pretty Wes Anderson-esque colour palette, I stuck with the theme of exploration by accessorising with this violet scarf by Urban Reivers which is inspired by 1942 maps of Scotland used by RAF pilots.

Autumn Adventuring

At this time of year, incorporating some hats into my ensembles is a must-do, and there’s no style of hat I love more than a beanie with a flourish. Whether it’s with some delicate netting, a scatter or sequins or (in this case) a fluffy pom pom, I always throw one in my bag just in case I need to keep warm! This one was a recent impulse buy from Primark for a couple of pounds and goes with almost everything!

Autumn Adventuring

Spending the day following forest trails and watching the boats bobbing on the water has a lovely calming effect – making time almost stand still. That being said, every adventure needs to end sometime, and I kept track of my days with this C201 watch by Glasgow-based luxury brand Paulin Watches.

Autumn Adventuring

With it’s glistening, scale-like strap and large, striking face, it’s a statement piece that looks just as good with snuggly sweaters as it does with my favourite tea dresses. The unique strap makes it perfect for mixing textures – something I love to do at this time of year!

Autumn Adventuring

So, here’s the REALLY exciting part! I’ve teamed up with the gang at Paulin to launch an exclusive giveaway to celebrate the new season and our love of Autumn adventuring. We’re sharing our Autumn style obsessions over on Pinterest and would love to see what’s inspiring you too!

To be in with a chance of winning a super-swish Paulin watch OF YOUR CHOICE (you can check out their full range here), all you have to do is create a board on Pinterest with the title Paulin Autumn Style and show us your fashion and lifestyle favourites for fall. Which pieces from Paulin would you style? Get creative and HAVE FUN!

Autumn Adventuring

This contest is open worldwide and will run until 5pm GMT on Friday 28th October. Only boards using the title Paulin Autumn Style will be counted as entries (so we can find ’em!) – apart from that, let your creative juices run wild! We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Good luck and happy pinning…

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All photos by Trouble With Gary