RECIPE: Thanksgiving American Pumpkin Cake

By 24th November 2021Recipes

While not officially a holiday in the UK, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate Thanksgiving, which this year falls on Thursday 25 November 2021. A typical Thanksgiving dinner involves turkey, stuffing and various other trimmings, cranberry sauce, sweet potato pie and mac ‘n’ cheese, followed by a helping of pumpkin or pecan pie.

Aside from food, Thanksgiving is a beloved time of year when Americans come together to celebrate what they are thankful for, with their friends and family. Thanksgiving is a cultural holiday that symbolises peace, thankfulness, and the beginning of the holiday season.

In celebration of the holiday, our team of Development Chefs have created a delicious Choctaw Fall cake recipe, a native American pumpkin cake.

Choctaw Fall Cake (American Pumpkin Cake)


  • 250g flour
  • 440g sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp cocoa
  • 190g pumpkin
  • 375ml oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Whipped cream to serve


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4.
  2. Grease and lightly flour a small bundt tin
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and cocoa. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add the pumpkin, oil, eggs and vanilla. Beat this into the wet ingredients for 2-3 minutes until it is thick and smooth.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared bundt tin. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until the top is springy to the touch and a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  6. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.