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Maple Pumpkin Torte

 Maple Pumpkin Torte
This pumpkin dessert always gets rave reviews. When people ask where I bought the cake, I smile and say that it was made with love in my own kitchen. —Dianna Wara, Washington, Illinois
12-14 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1-1/3 cups vanilla or white chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 7-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons maple flavoring


  • Grease three 9-in. round baking pans; line with waxed paper. Grease
  • the paper and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, 1/2
  • cup flour, water, pumpkin, eggs, oil and cinnamon; beat for 30
  • seconds on low speed. Beat for 2 minutes on medium.
  • Transfer a third of the batter to a small bowl; beat in brown sugar
  • and remaining flour. Stir in chips and pecans. Pour into one
  • prepared pan. Divide the plain batter between the two remaining

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Maple Pumpkin Torte (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • pans.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near
  • the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from
  • pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a large bowl, cream shortening until fluffy. Add the
  • confectioners' sugar, milk, vanilla and maple flavoring; beat until
  • smooth.
  • Place one plain cake layer on a serving platter. Top with a quarter
  • of the frosting. Top with the pumpkin-nut cake layer. Top with a
  • quarter of the frosting. Top with remaining plain cake layer; spread
  • remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Yield: 12-14
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 742 calories, 31 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 36 mg cholesterol, 270 mg sodium, 113 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.