Cranberry Pumpkin Cake

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Life has generally been a bit frantic on this side.  I feel I’m at a crossroad and different paths are presenting themselves to me.  I’ve been exploring for a while, and now feel the push to decide.  Or I’ll be thrown into it, as the Universe has a way of putting us in the right spot.  So what do I do when I have a lot of my mind?  I bake, cook, experiment and play with food.
It’s Fall’ish weather here and what else to anchor this feeling but with the aromas of pumpkin and spices.  This is a gluten free variation to my mom’s Cranberry and Pumpkin cake.  This variation is not as sweet.  I’ve been using coconut sugar in baking now which gives a milder sweetness and is very delicious.  It’s also healthier than regular sugar and rich in nutrients.

Cranberry and Pumpkin Cake

1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup potato starch
1/4 cup sweet rice flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 tbsp flax seed meal
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
3/4 tsp sea salt
3 eggs
1/2 cup pumpkin purée
1 1/2 cups coconut sugar (or sugar cane if you prefer)
1/2 cup grape seed oil (or other oil preference)
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1/4 cup almond slices

Preheat oven to 350˚F.
Sift all dry ingredients together and set aside.  Over a double boiler, using a handheld mixer, blend the eggs, pumpkin, sugar, OJ, and oil.  Bring the mixture to around 115˚-120˚F or until it becomes creamy  and pale (that will take around 3 minutes).  Remove bowl, and pour in the dry mixture.  Stir in gently mixing at low speed first. Mix until batter is well blended.  Stir in cranberries. Brush an 8.5″ cake pan with some oil and pour batter. The batter will be a bit runnier than cake batter using wheat flour. Top with the almond slices.  Bake for about 45 minutes or until a tester comes out clean.
Top with a dusting of cinnamon sugar, mascarpone maple frosting or any of your favorite.

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