Pumpkin Apple Cake + @TatesBakeShop Giveaway


Holy Giveaway Central Batman!  First Emeril’s cookbook, then the Harry & David Roxy Ann basket and now a Tates Bake Shop giveaway from Virtual Potluck?  Tis the season to be generous I suppose.  I have more fun and delicious giveaways in the queue too.  If you like free stuff, you might want to enter your email address over on the right under my picture to receive the latest and greatest in your inbox.  Don’t miss a post!

For now, let’ talk Tate’s.  Kathleen King is the creator and owner of the Southampton bakery, Tate’s Bake Shop.  She has a cult following, making her bakery an actual “destination” according to the New York Times.  That’s pretty amazing, if you ask me.  Her latest cookbook; “Baking with Friends” is a culinary delight for anyone with a sweet tooth.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up the book, drooled on every page, only to put it down feeling overwhelmed with what to make.  I finally handed off the book to the kids and said “you pick”.  To my shock, they came back with this cake.  Not cookies or brownies, but a moist pumpkin apple cake.  Yes, they are foodies too!

The cake is perfect, in my opinion.  It’s not too sweet, only requires a slight dusting of powdered sugar and would be perfect for your Thanksgiving dessert table.  Before we head off to recipe land  I wanted to let you know that I am giving away a signed copy of the book as well as the Cookie and Bar Tower pictured above.  So you can savor Kathleen’s treats while you peruse the book endlessly.  If you want even more ways to win from Tate’s Bake Shop, check out the Facebook promo they are running as well.  You could win $1000, a KitchenAid mixer and copies of the book.  All you have do is make one of the recipes and let them know.  That’s a win win if you ask me!

Enter the Tate’s Bake Shop Giveaway!

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Pumpkin Apple Cake + @TatesBakeShop Giveaway

Yield: 12 to 16 Servings

This cake combines the best flavors of autumn. It is an effortless cake that is perfect for breakfast, a lunch box, or an afternoon snack. If serving to guests, dress up each serving with a spoonful of caramel sauce. (from Baking with Friends)


  • Softened butter and all-purpose flour for the pan
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) salted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup solid-pack pumpkin
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch dice (2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • Confectioners' sugar for dusting


  1. Position the oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter and flour a 9 inch fluted or plain tube pan and tap out the excess flour.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. In a large bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer set on high speed until creamy, about 1 minute. Gradually beat in the granulated and brown sugars and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. One at a time, beat in the eggs, followed by the vanilla, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add the pumpkin and beat until combined. Add the apples and walnuts. With the mixer set on low speed, min in the flour mixture in thirds, scraping down the bowl as needed. Spread the batter in the prepared pan.
  3. Bake until the cake is golden brown and a long bamboo skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool in the pan on a wire cooling rack for 15 minutes. Invert the cake onto the wire rack and unmold. Turn right side up and cool completely.
  4. To serve, sift confectioners' sugar over the top and cut into wedges

  • meredith
    November 3, 2012 at 6:13 pm


  • moonsword
    November 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Brownies are my favorite, the dense, fudgy, dark chocolate kind. 🙂

  • Chris @ Menus For A Week
    November 3, 2012 at 3:32 am

    Looks amazing and delicious!! I would love to try some tonight. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Cookin' Canuck
    November 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

    With nutmeg, cloves and ginger, this is bound to be a perfect cake for fall. I’d love a slice with a cup of tea.

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      November 2, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      It was really delish…only bad thing was that I only got a small piece. Wait, maybe that’s not such a bad thing. 🙂 Thanks for commenting Dara!

  • Mandy Ott
    November 2, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Cookies of all types “)

  • Carolyn
    November 1, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Yes, please.

  • Nichole
    November 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Cookies ! Can’t wait to try the cake !

  • addie | culicurious
    November 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    yum, this bread recipe looks great. Perfect for this time of year 🙂

  • Kimberly P.
    November 1, 2012 at 9:41 am

    I love a good, chewy cookie but wouldn’t turn down a brownie, either!

  • Carolyn Williams
    November 1, 2012 at 9:20 am

    I love, love, love brownies and the gooyier the better!

  • kelly
    October 31, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    my favorite cookie recipe

  • Megan
    October 31, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Brownies!!! With frosting – and nuts – and chocolate chips – and caramel. 😀

  • Kristin
    October 31, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I have a cookie addiction. Seriously.

  • Maureen
    October 31, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I love a moist chewy brownie especially when there is frosting.

  • sara
    October 31, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Love some chewy soft chocolate chip cookies!

  • Matt mmWine Horbund
    October 31, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Wow! That looks absolutely amazing!

  • barbara n
    October 31, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I love chewy fudgy brownies

  • gail
    October 31, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    definitely cookies

  • Alysha @Shesontherun
    October 31, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Cookies for sure! Especially pecan fingers.

  • Jeffrey
    October 31, 2012 at 9:18 am

    If I had to choose it would be cookies and I love the good milk dunkin kind!

  • christopher sorel
    October 31, 2012 at 9:10 am

    dark chocolate brownies

  • Nicole
    October 31, 2012 at 9:06 am


  • Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen
    October 31, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Gorgeous as always! I envy your photography skills, but you knew that already. I love this cookbook, it is a wonderful addition to my collection!

  • Maggie Drake
    October 31, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Pumpkins and Apples….we grow them both and have them in stock!

  • Carrian@ohsweetbasil
    October 31, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Can’t wait to try your cake, it looks delicious!

  • Cade
    October 31, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I would have to go with brownies, the cake looks amazing too!

  • Jen S.
    October 31, 2012 at 8:46 am

    I love cookies. We used to bake around 20 kinds of cookies for the holidays and my favorite were the ones with the hickory nuts from our front yard.

  • Julia
    October 31, 2012 at 8:35 am

    My favorite treat is cookies! Especially oatmeal chocolate chip.

  • Julia
    October 31, 2012 at 8:35 am

    This recipe looks delicious! Fall flavors for sure.

  • Cindy Brickley
    October 31, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I love both cookies and brownies!

  • Joan
    October 31, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Cookies are my favorite and your cake looks really good!

  • Denise Wilson
    October 31, 2012 at 7:59 am

    What’s a good substitute for wheat germ?

    • FarmgirlGourmet
      October 31, 2012 at 8:52 am

      How about Bran? Or you could use whole wheat flour, but it make make the cake more dense. You can’t even tell the wheat germ is in the cake.

  • Renae Meredith
    October 31, 2012 at 7:14 am

    The pics you posted yesterday got me. It looks so yummy. My favorite sweet treat is a cookie, though it’s hard to turn down a good brownie.

  • Susan 30A EATS
    October 31, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Looks amazingly delicious! Perfect for a Halloween Evening!

  • karen bates
    October 31, 2012 at 6:34 am

    So I still do get a feed…. That looks so yummy! Hope you are doing better…take care.

  • Barbara @ Barbara Bakes
    October 31, 2012 at 6:21 am

    What a great combination of flavors. It looks scrumptious!

  • Jolie Angie
    October 31, 2012 at 4:21 am

    This sounds delicious