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Pumpkin bundt cake... and a little celebration...

October, rainy and windy weather, all the brown & yellow leaves, all the pumpkins in the shops! From what I can see all around the Internet Ireland isn't as crazy about its pumpkins as other countries, for example USA. I have to admit that I'm rather disappointed by that... Autumn (or Fall as some call it) is my favourite time of the year. I don't mind all the wind - which brings beautiful smell of dry leaves and sometimes I can sense/smell the ocean in the middle of the town (I have The Atlantic only 3 miles away...). I even like the rain (don't mix with the storms and hurricanes...), I like the freshness of the rain and how it seems to cleanse everything around me. And Autumn brings pumpkins. I discovered their full potential only a year ago - when I finally got some pumpkin puree in the local shop. How I would love to try all those deliciously sounding things you're all on about from Trader Joe's - pumpkin spice chai, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin macaroons, croissants or spiced pumpkin seeds to name a few.... I can't even get pumpkin spice mix here (which thankfully is very easy to make at home!). So with all the pumpkin craze I decided to celebrate with pumpkin!

Celebrate what you might ask... Well, my little blog, Anula's Kitchen is exactly... 6 years old today! :D I can't believe it's been so long... I also can't believe how much it gave me. From simply discovering whole wide world of food, some ingredients and tastes that I probably wouldn't come across normally. From discovering new chefs, cooking techniques. I'm also thankful for making me that little bit more daring and adventurous in the kitchen, for teaching me how not to give up easily (which somehow transferred into other parts of my life too). But one of the most important things, which I value the most - writing Anula's Kitchen for all those years brought some amazing people into my life, people that I wouldn't met otherwise, people that in some cases became my friends and are with me till his day. Most of them I won't probably ever meat in real life, but common passion for food brought us together, even if we're on different continents.

THANK YOU ALL for reading, cooking, baking with me. For words of encouragement and sometimes critique too! I hope you're enjoying Anula's Kitchen, because I'm surely enjoying all that cooking, baking,writing about it and of course don't forget - eating! ;) I hope you'll stay with me for at least another 6 years!

So to celebrate a little pumpkin bundt cake with dark chocolate buttons/drops inside as a little surprise ;) Recipe adapted from "Cake Days" by The Hummingbird Bakery.

How to make it...

- 120 ml sunflower oil
- 150 g soft light brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
- 1 large egg
- 100 g tinned pumpkin purée
- 250 g plain flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
-  1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

- 50 g dark chocolate buttons/drops

Preheat the oven to 170 C and prepare bundt cake tin - I always butter mine and then dust it with thin layer of plain flour, that prevents the cake from sticking to it and allows me to take it out very easily after baking. 
Using a hand-held electric whisk or a freestanding electric mixer with the paddle attachment, mix together the sunflower oil, sugar and vanilla essence until combined and light in colour. Tip in the egg and pumpkin purée and mix until all the ingredients are incorporated. Sift together the remaining ingredients and add these to the liquid mixture in two batches, mixing together thoroughly on a medium speed until an even batter forms. Add chocolate drops and fold them in with a big spatula. Spoon the batter into prepared bundt cake tin. Place in the oven and bake for about 40 minutes or until the cake is golden colour, cake skewer comes out clean and the sponge bounces back when lightly touched.


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