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Pumpkin Stout Lentil Gingerbread

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Total time: 45 Minutes

Servings: 1 cake (16 slices)

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    1 cup (250 mL) dark stout, such as Guinness

    1⁄3 cup (85 mL) dark molasses

    1 tsp (5 mL) baking soda

    3 large eggs

    ½ cup (125 mL) sugar

    ½ cup (125 mL) packed brown sugar

    ½ cup (125 mL) canola oil

    1 cup (250 mL) canned pumpkin puree

    1 cup (250 mL) cooked or canned green lentils, drained and rinsed

    1 Tbsp (15 mL) fresh ginger, grated (optional)

    2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour

    2 tsp (10 mL) baking powder

    2 tsp (10 mL) ground cinnamon

    1 tsp (5 mL) ground ginger

    ¼ tsp (1 mL) allspice

    ¼ tsp (1 mL) salt

    Cream Cheese Frosting

    ¼ cup (60 mL) butter, at room temperature

    ½ - 8 oz (250 g) pkg. cream cheese

    3 cups (750 mL) icing sugar

    ¼ cup (60 mL) milk

    1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla


  1. PREHEAT oven to 350°F and grease two 9-inch round cake pans or one Bundt pan.
  2. COMBINE the stout and molasses in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat and stir in the baking soda. Set aside until the foam subsides and the mixture cools slightly.
  3. PULSE the eggs, sugars, oil, pumpkin puree, and lentils in the bowl of a food processor until smooth.
  4. WHISK together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ground ginger, allspice, and salt in a large bowl. Add the pumpkin mixture and the stout mixture and stir until smooth.
  5. POUR the batter into the prepared pan(s) and bake for 35 minutes for layer cake or an hour for a Bundt cake, until the top is springy to the touch. Cool for a few minutes, then invert onto a wire rack while still warm.
  6. FOR the frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese in a large bowl with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add the icing sugar, milk, and vanilla, beating until smooth. Add a little more sugar or milk if necessary to achieve a spreadable frosting. Wait until the cake is completely cool before applying frosting.

Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Per serving:
  • Calories 380
  • Total Fat 16 g
  • Saturated Fat 5 g
  • Cholesterol 60 mg
  • Carbohydrates 56 g
  • Dietary Fibre 2 g
  • Sugar 41 g
  • Protein 5 g
  • Sodium 230 mg
  • Potassium 275 mg
  • Folate 50 mcg