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Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Easy Pumpkin Cake Recipe By Lilly Higgins


With a passion for affordable, easy to follow recipes, Lilly Higgins adds her top tips to consider this Halloween as households around the country prepare to carve their annual pumpkin.

This Pumpkin cake recipe couldn’t be simpler. Just tip all of the ingredients into a bowl and mix. The beauty of this is you don’t need pumpkin puree, just grate the pumpkin that’s left over from carving. You can also make this as a traybake. It is so tasty and easy for kids to help with too!” – Lilly Higgins


200g brown sugar

185ml sunflower oil

3 eggs

350g raw pumpkin, roughly grated

1 apple, roughly grated

200g self-raising flour

½ tsp bread soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground cloves

For the cream cheese icing:

250g cream cheese

1 tbsp honey

Juice of ½ lemon

1 tsp lemon zest

Toasted pecans, to decorate


Grease and flour two round sandwich tins.

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Whisk the sugar and eggs together till light. Gradually add the oil, whisking all the time until combined. Add the grated pumpkin and apple, mix well.

Sieve the flour, bread soda, baking powder and spices into a bowl. Add the flour mix to the wet batter and fold in gently until combined. Divide the batter between the two tins and bake for 20-25 mins till set and golden.

Meanwhile whip the icing ingredients together till light and airy. Once the cakes are cooled, sandwich them together with the cream cheese icing. Spread a layer on top and scatter with pecans and lemon zest.

Easy Pumpkin Cake Recipe By Lilly Higgins & LIDL

Lidl Ireland has partnered with well-known food and wine writer and mum of three Lilly Higgins, who has created two devilishly delicious recipes for an Easy Pumpkin Cake and a Pumpkin Fondooooo using a selection of quintessential autumnal ingredients available at Lidl stores nationwide. Lilly, a strong advocate for minimising food waste suggests using your left-over pumpkin flesh and seeds when carving your spooktacular creation this Halloween to create these easy-to-follow recipes – minimising food waste.

“Pumpkins are a huge part of Halloween celebrations in our house. It’s always better to pick up a locally sourced pumpkin where possible. It’s fantastic that Lidl stores nationwide will have a great range of affordable Irish grown pumpkins in a variety of shapes and sizes this October. It’s always so helpful to plan ahead when carving your pumpkin, so you don’t waste the seeds or flesh. My easy to bake pumpkin cake and fondooo below include roasting the seeds and using left over pieces from carving when cooking these delicious nutritious recipes, minimising food waste.  Another important tip after Halloween is to place your carved pumpkin in the compost and not the regular rubbish bin! “

The Go Full Lidl this Halloween range is available in Lidl’s 175 stores nationwide now, while stocks last. Customers can expect to pick up pumpkins, decorations, costumes, sweets and treats making the market leading discounter your one stop shop for everything you need this Halloween. For more information and to stay up to date on the latest instore promotions, please visit

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