I’ve succumbed to the inevitable: baking with pumpkin in autumn. Lucky for us, the “Pumpkin Spice Cake with Coconut Topping,” from Candace Floyd’s Little Everyday Cakes, is a sweet and moist treat.

Again, let me use an 8-inch square pan. (I’ve been enjoying the “little cakes” that we’ve been baking this year.) The simple prep for this cake includes: soften the butter, bring eggs to room temperature, and toast the pecans. That’s it. Notice how the ratio of flour to sugar is nearly equal in this recipe. Typically, I avoid such an extra-sweet proportion, but there are no regrets here.

The arousing scent of spices -- cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg -- call to mind this season too. Bake the cake for 35 minutes, “until the center comes out clean.”

Boil and stir the coconut topping, and see how it’s the color of caramel. Sweet and sticky and lovely. The coconut is an added treat and is not at all overpowering.

The recipe suggests nine servings, but I slice this cake into eight ideal, appealing slices.

Sweet and moist (butter, eggs, pumpkin) + soft crunch (pecans).

Celebrate autumn.

Each month The Cake Slice Bakers are offered a selection of cakes from the current book we are baking through. This year it is Little Everyday Cakes by Candace Floyd. We each choose one cake to bake, and then on the 20th - never before - we all post about our cake on our blogs. There are a few rules that we follow, but the most important ones are to have fun and enjoy baking & eating cakes!

Follow our Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages where you can find all of our cakes, as well as inspiration for many other cakes. You can also click on the thumbnail pictures below to take you to each of our cakes. If you have a blog and are interested in joining The Cake Slice Bakers and baking along with us, please send an email to thecakeslicebakers at gmail dot com for more details.

The Cake Slice Bakers also have a new Facebook group called The Cake Slice Bakers and Friends. This group is perfect for those who do not have a blog but want to join in the fun and bake through this book.

It is a new year and a new book - Little Everyday Cakes - and our choices for October 2021 were ~

Allspice Applesauce Cake