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Pumpkin Walnut Cake Recipe for Halloween and Christmas Day

Updated on November 24, 2015
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Peachpurple loves to bake assorted cakes, muffins and cookies. All the recipes posted at Hubpages were originally baked and tasted.

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Pumpkin Walnut Cake

Pumpkin Walnut Cake
Pumpkin Walnut Cake | Source

Celebrate Halloween

Halloween parties are popular for young children, teenagers and middle age adults who are party goers and dare to wear those Halloween costumes.

In our country, Halloween is not an observed public holiday but Christians community do celebrate Halloween in our own way. We have pot lucks, children dress up for kids parties and family gathering.

This pumpkin walnut cake has become a holiday tradition for my family during Halloween and Public Holidays too.

We don’t travel much during Public Holidays, so we would call up relatives and bring along our pot lucks to our mother-in-laws house for a family gathering.

During my leisure, I would bake this lovely Pumpkin Walnut cake for tea-time, rather than having unhealthy snacks and sodas which are lack of nutrition and chances of facing obesity for the children.


Raw Pumpkin cubes

I prefer to use raw pumpkins for baking Pumpkin Cake
I prefer to use raw pumpkins for baking Pumpkin Cake | Source

Healthy Cake

Little pieces of dice pumpkins mixed with dice red cherries and raisins are great combination that gives the natural sweetness and my children love the soft bites in between the pumpkin cake. Furthermore, they love the crunchy, tasty walnut on the surface which provides double the nutrition too.

Unlike any other cakes which are sweet and buttery, this pumpkin cake contains less sugar, less butter, less eggs but more pumpkin flesh and slices of roasted walnuts for those who love crunchy bites.

You could substitute walnuts with pumpkin seeds, almonds or any type of nuts that you fancy. Pumpkin cake is a healthy cake pump with lots of nutritious ingredients and you store it in Tupperware for a couple of days. Perfect snack to go with tea and coffee during tea-time.



My Panasonic Rice Cooker

Rice cooker that turns into my OVEN  for baking cakes !
Rice cooker that turns into my OVEN for baking cakes ! | Source

How to Bake a Cake with Your Rice Cooker

Since, I do not own a microwave oven, I use my PANASONIC Rice Cooker to bake cakes because I don’t have to keep watch of the cake situation, preheating not required, no baking sheets and best of all, majority of the cakes always turn out well-raised, brown crispy sides texture and turns off the baking function to “Keep Warm” automatically.

Hence, I don’t have to keep looking at the clock while I could rest assure to continue with my other house chores.

  • Frankly speaking, the PANASONIC Rice Cooker does not have the “Baking” function at all.
  • I just pressed the “White Rice” button which baked the cake for 50min as other cakes also take around 45min-60min.
  • When greasing the rice cooker pot, do not use too much butter.
  • Otherwise your cake will turn out oily and greasy.
  • Dip your index finger into the butter, spread out the butter around half of the pot.
  • It doesn't matter whether the butter is insufficient because the purpose of using butter is to allow the cake to “come off” the rice cooker pot easily.


pumpkin with seeds
pumpkin with seeds | Source

Why you should add in Pumpkin?

Pumpkin is an interesting and nutritious food. There are many benefits of using pumpkin as the main ingredient in this cake.

It is extremely low in :

  • calories,
  • rich in beta-carotene (beside carrots ) and
  • pumpkin seeds contain protein, high in zinc, which most consumers are lacking in their diet.
  • Pumpkin is best cooked and eaten with the skin on because the beta-carotene is only available in the skin.


Fresh pumpkin puree

Boil pumpkin until soft, smash them with a fork to make fresh pumpkin puree
Boil pumpkin until soft, smash them with a fork to make fresh pumpkin puree | Source

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My Baking Experience with Pumpkins

While most people don’t like pumpkin cakes with lots of spices, I simply don’t add any spices into my cake. I can’t stand the smell of spices!

After mixing the pumpkin puree with the batter, it made the whole cake a little sticky, a little dense texture but for those who love the taste of pure pumpkin, you will definitely NOT regret baking this cake!

I love to sink my teeth into this sweet pumpkin flesh which gives great aroma and the taste of natural sweetness. I had baked 2 batches of pumpkin walnut cake.

The first batch was a little sticky, consists of plenty thick pumpkin puree and flesh. The second batch was totally different from the first. It was soft, fluffy, moist but I could not taste much of the pumpkin flesh nor puree. It seems that the puree was diluted into the batter as I had increased the amount of sugar, butter and eggs. To me, it taste similar to butter cake.

Anyway, this delicious pumpkin cake, baked in rice cooker is great for Halloween parties, Birthdays, Christmas Day and tea parties. For a quick and easy baking cake, do consider Pumpkin Walnut Cake for a change, for good health.

Lovely Pumpkin Cake

a slice of tempting pumpkin moist cake
a slice of tempting pumpkin moist cake | Source

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 50 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 4-6 people

Ingredients to Prepare

  • 125g butter
  • 90g castor sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 90g pumpkin puree, boiled and mashed with fork
  • 160g SR Flour, sieve
  • 30g milk powder, sieve
  • 40g red cherries, diced
  • 60g raw pumpkin, diced into cubes
  • 50g walnuts, toasted, sliced thinly

How to bake Pumpkin Walnut Cake for Halloween with your Rice Cooker

  1. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  2. Crack one egg into the butter mixture and beat well. Add the second egg and beat again.
  3. In another bowl, sift SR flour and milk powder. Pour in the sifted dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Beat well until batter becomes creamy.
  4. Add diced red cherries, diced raw pumpkins into the batter. Mix well. Add pumpkin puree into the batter. Combine well. Make sure all ingredients are well blended.
  5. Grease a little butter on the base and around half of the rice cooker pot. You can dab the butter with a kitchen towel and spread it out evenly in the pot.
  6. Pour the batter into the greased pot. Use a spatula or the back of a stainless steel spoon to smooth evenly the batter surface. Sprinkle sliced walnuts all over the top of the cake.
  7. Put back the pot into the rice cooker. Press “White Rice” button for Panasonic Rice Cooker or press any cooking button which uses 50min to cook.
  8. Do not open the rice cooker lid until it is done. Use a toothpick or cake skewer to poke into the cake, to see whether it comes out clean. If bit of the cake still sticks to the toothpick, it means the cake is still wet. You need to cook for another 10-15min. When it is done, turn off the rice cooker
beat one egg at a time
beat one egg at a time | Source
add in sifted dry ingredients
add in sifted dry ingredients
a little sticky batter to mix
a little sticky batter to mix
add in diced cherries and raw pumpkin into the batter, Mix well, although it may be a little hard to stir...
add in diced cherries and raw pumpkin into the batter, Mix well, although it may be a little hard to stir...
sprinkle toasted sliced walnuts all over the top
sprinkle toasted sliced walnuts all over the top
boil pumpkin in a pot. Remove and mash it with the back of a fork.
boil pumpkin in a pot. Remove and mash it with the back of a fork.

How To Make Mashed Pumpkin Flesh

  • Cut the pumpkin into half.
  • Cut off the harden skin of the pumpkin.
  • Weigh how much pumpkin you need
  • Remove the seeds
  • Cut the pumpkin into large cubes in order to soften them easily.
  • Bring a soup pot to boil, half pot of water.
  • Add in the large cubes of pumpkins,
  • Boil until the pumpkins turn soft.
  • Test them out by poking the pumpkins with a stainless steel fork.
  • Remove the soften pumpkins onto a flat dish.
  • Use the back of the same fork to mash the pumpkins flat.
  • Leave them aside in order to cool off before baking.

How to set the Rice Cooker Timer

Pour the batter into the pot, use spatula to even the surface.
Pour the batter into the pot, use spatula to even the surface. | Source
Press "cook" or"white rice" to bake for 50min
Press "cook" or"white rice" to bake for 50min | Source
If the cake is still wet, bake for another 10-15min
If the cake is still wet, bake for another 10-15min
crispy and brownish bottom of the cake facing up.
crispy and brownish bottom of the cake facing up. | Source

How to Remove Cake from Rice Cooker Pot

  • Slip your hand into your mittens and carry out the pot.
  • Use a plastic cake knife to loosen the cake.
  • Pour out the cake onto a flat plate.
  • The cake is upside down ( bottom side facing up ).
  • Place another flat plate over the bottom cake.
  • Hold onto both plates with both your hands and flip it over.
  • Remove the top plate. Now you can see the front cake.
  • Let it cool for 10min before cutting the cake.


crumbs of walnuts, pumpkins and cherries...Simply delicious!
crumbs of walnuts, pumpkins and cherries...Simply delicious! | Source

How to store up the cake

If you could not finish your Pumpkin Walnut Cake within a day, store the cake into a Tupperware or plastic container with a lid.

Make sure that the cake has cool off. Otherwise, moisture will develop in the container and the cake will turn stale easily.

Alternatively, you can keep the cake in the refrigerator. Heat the cake up in the toaster or microwave oven when you want to consume it.

Happy Baking !!


Nutrition Facts
Calories 145
Calories from Fat45
% Daily Value *
Fat 5 g8%
Carbohydrates 23 g8%
Sugar 16 g
Fiber 7 g28%
Protein 3 g6%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

© 2012 peachy

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    • Mhatter99 profile image

      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. My daughter opened up "the world" of the rice cooker. She is a chef.

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @mhatter99

      Glad to know that your daughter has interest in rice cooker, there are many wonderful things to do with it. Happy baking!

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      Kerry43 4 years ago

      I haven't tried cooking using this method, now I will. And thank you for the tips on removing the cake, successfully. I have been known to kill a ood cake trying to remove it from its own pan. When this happens, I top it with custard and, voila!

      Kerry:)

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      LOL! I am sure you will find this remove cake method useful.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      We had a rice cooker many years ago but since it is just the 2 of us we did not use it often so gave it away. I would never have thought to use it to bake a cake in it! Your pumpkin walnut cherry cake does sound good. Voted up and interesting. Great photos!

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @peggy

      such a pity! i am sure u would enjoy this cake with yr oven too

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      Nicole Henley 3 years ago from San Leandro

      Pinned to Pinterest. Sounds delicious!

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @nicole

      thank you.

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      Shelley Watson 2 years ago

      What a wonderful way to use one of my absolute favourite vegetables. Who could imagine such a delicious cake, thank you for sharing!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      here comes october and time to bake a halloween cake

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      It sounds like you get a lot of use from your Rice Cooker. These photos of the pumpkin walnut cake look delicious.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      @pegcole

      yes, very useful rice cooker for all sorts of recipes, do try the walnut cake

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      C E Clark 18 months ago from North Texas

      Looks yummy! Great for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

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      Thelma Alberts 17 months ago from Germany

      I have missed this one. I have not tried baking pumpkin in a rice cooker. I have tried with banana cake and it was ok. I would love to try this when I have pumpkin from the shop. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      peachy 16 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks Thelma, I am sure you will enjoy this cake

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      peachy 14 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      also suitable for any day too

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