|Tor House and Hawk Tower here in Carmel-by-the-Sea--|
hand-built from local materials by owner and poet,
|Picked up yesterday at the |
Carmel-by-the-Sea Main Library~
Late yesterday, out for a walk here in chilly Carmel-by-the-Sea, I stopped by the library for a copy of Edward Dolnick’s bestseller, The Forger's Spell. The true tale of forgery and art, set in Holland where my French-American son lives, reads like a thriller--and like a future film.
Out on my walk, I paid a visit to the beautiful tree behind Tor House and Hawk Tower--that poet Robinson Jeffers hand-crafted in 1918. It's been featured on the Travel Channel as a "Ghost Adventure" (HERE) and (HERE). Sitting on that limb over the cove below Tor House is one of the best things to do in Carmel.
Pumpkin Cake with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting~
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon ground allspice
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
⅛ teaspoon ground cloves
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1 cup canned pure pumpkin
½ cup virgin coconut oil, warmed, slightly cooled
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
⅔ cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly coat an 8x8" baking dish with nonstick spray and line with parchment paper, leaving a 2" overhang on all sides. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves in a large bowl.
Whisk eggs, pumpkin, brown sugar, and oil in another large bowl until smooth. Mix in dry ingredients. Scrape batter into prepared baking dish; smooth top.
Bake cake until edges begin to pull away from sides of dish and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 30–35 minutes. Let cool.
Frost and Assemble:
Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl just to combine. Reduce speed to low and gradually add sugar, then maple syrup and salt; beat until smooth. Spread frosting over top of cooled cake.
Poet Robinson Jeffer's Tor House, "How Beautiful It Is": (HERE). Thank you so much for stopping by~