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A fabulous Autumn Squash Cake with Orange Spiked Cream Cheese Frosting – a totally delicious autumnal cake that’s super easy to make and totally yummy to eat! 

Perfect Autumn Cake Recipe 

Autumn is the most delicious time of year! We’ve been busy in the kitchen cooking up a storm with the gorgeous seasonal squash that are available now.

This moist fruity squash cake is made using Harlequin squash (although your could make this as a butternut squash cake instead if you like) It’s topped generously with a delicious orange cream cheese frosting.

Cream cheese frosting with orange zest is just the perfect topping for our squash cake, it’s a match made in heaven.

butternut squash cake with orange cream cheese frosting on a glass cake stand with a Joesph Joseph knife

Our squash cake is just the perfect autumn cake!

Butternut squash cake is ideal for baking as a Halloween or Bonfire Night treat.

The smell of the squash cake whilst cooking is amazing, lovely warm wafts of sweet cinnamon – it’s just so beautifully autumnal!

This is one of my favourite cakes to make and eat! The flavor is just oh so perfect especially with a pumpkin spice latte!

Are Butternut Squash In Season Now?

Butternut squash season in the UK is from autumn through to winter, although you can buy them in the supermarket all year around.

When picking a butternut squash I tend to go for the ones with a small bulbous end and a thick fat neck, that way there’s more squash and less seeds.

You could also make this cake with summer squash or zucchini if you preferred.

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Do I Need To Peel The Squash Before Baking In A Cake?

Our squash cake recipe is super easy to make and takes very little time.

I don’t even peel the squash, I just grate it straight into the batter! Although if you prefer to peel it go ahead, this is your cake.

I love a robust rustic cake – so much easier to make! And I think in Autumn particularly, rustic is the way to go.

pumpkins for sale at the farm shop

Squash Cake Recipe 

Serves – 6 people

Prep Time – 15 minutes

Cook Time – around 40 minutes 

Total Time – around 55 minutes 

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Equipment Needed

Everything you’ll need to make this delicious autumnal cake recipe

  • 2lb loaf tin
  • Mixing bowl or other large bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Whisk
  • Kitchen Scales
  • Teaspoons
  • Small bowl
  • Fork
  • Grater
  • Food Processor – or electric hand whisk for mixing the frosting
  • Wire rack for cooling

Squash Cake Ingredients

All the delicious ingredients that go into making the butternut cake and orange frosting

For the best squash cake…

  • 150ml sunflower oil (you can use vegetable oil if you prefer)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 140g light brown sugar
  • 180g self raising flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 50g sultanas 
  • 150g grated squash – just weigh and grate – you don’t need to peel the squash you can eat the peel if you like, it’ll just cook into the batter. However if you prefer to peel it then do so.

For the orange cream cheese frosting recipe

  • 200g Philadelphia cream cheese
  • 80ml double cream
  • 100g icing sugar
  • zest of an orange

How To Make Butternut Squash Cake With Orange Cream Cheese Frosting

Our grated butternut squash cake is super simple to make.

Step One – preheat the oven and line the cake tin

  • Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin, no need to be super neat here.

Step Two – make the squash cake batter

  • Add the sunflower oil and eggs to a large mixing bowl and mix well with a whisk. 
  • Tip in the dry ingredients – sugar, flour, 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, baking powder and mix with wooden spoon. 
  • Add the grated squash and sultanas, stir well. 

Step Three – bake the squash cake

  • Tip cake batter mixture into the loaf tin and bake for 40 – 50 minutes or until a skewer (or toothpick) comes out clean when you test the cake centre.
  • Cool the cake in the tin completely with it stood on a wire rack. Then remove and top with the cream cheese frosting – make sure the cake is totally cool before covering in frosting.

Step Four – add the cream cheese frosting

  • To make the frosting simply add the Philadelphia, double cream and icing sugar to a food processor and whizz on medium speed until stiff and spreadable. 
  • Top the squash cake with the frosting in a rustic way then scatter with orange zest. Again, no need to be neat, just slap it on.

Make Our Squash Cake Recipe Your Way…

You can add your own twists and flavour changes with this cake – try any of the following and let us know how they turn out!

  • No squash? Then use carrots or sweet potato. You can also use different squash like yellow squash or courgette. If using courgette, be sure to grate the flesh and skin, then ring it out tightly in a clean kitchen towel as courgette can be a lot more watery than a butternut squash.
  • Skip the frosting and just dust with a little icing sugar or make an orange glaze or orange flavoured icing.
  • Make a vanilla cream cheese frosting instead of orange.
  • You could make this a spiced butternut squash cake and add a tsp of mixed spice (the one with cinnamon, cloves and ground nutmeg)
  • Add in some chopped walnuts for extra taste.

Can You Eat Butternut Squash Seeds?

bowl of homemade spiced squash seeds

Yes, you can eat the butternut squash seeds, in fact they’re super tasty roasted or sizzled in a frying pan and then seasoned with salt and spices. They’re also delicious scattered onto Thai curries, or in salads.

Get our squash seed recipe here.

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butternut squash cake with orange cream cheese frosting on a glass cake stand with a Joesph Joseph knife

Squash Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: Serves 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

A moist and utterly delicious autumn squash cake with cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients

For the squash cake

  • 150ml sunflower oil 
  • 2 eggs 
  • 140g light brown sugar 
  • 180g self raising flour 
  • 2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • 50g sultanas 
  • 150g grated squash 

For the cream cheese frosting

  • 200g Philadelphia cream cheese 
  • 80ml double cream 
  • 100g icing sugar 
  • zest of an orange 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Grease and line a 2lb loaf tin.
  3. Add the sunflower oil and eggs to a large mixing bowl and mix well with a whisk.
  4. Tip in the sugar, flour, cinnamon, baking powder and mix with wooden spoon.
  5. Add the grated squash and sultanas, mix well.
  6. Tip cake batter into the loaf tin and bake for 40 - 50 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.
  7. Cool the cake in the tin then remove and top with the cream cheese frosting
  8. To make the frosting simply add the Philadelphia, double cream and icing sugar to a food processor and whizz until stiff and spreadable.
  9. Top the squash cake with the frosting in a rustic way then scatter with orange zest.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 696Total Fat: 42gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 26gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 580mgCarbohydrates: 76gFiber: 2gSugar: 48gProtein: 8g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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