This cake was FAR too sweet, + that's without the glaze. I even cut sugar from 2C to 1 1/3C in the cake portion + all my guests had the same comment; too sweet. I thought the filling would be nice but again, the brown sugar turned the ingredients into a hyper sweet jam. Very disappointing considering the work + cost to make it. I'd have given it zero or 1 star but it wouldn't allow it.
This cake is outstanding, very moist, and semi-healthy with the pumpkin, apples, cranberries and nuts. The first time I made it, I made it to the T. The second time I made it after cooling the cake, I arranged pecans along the top of the cake and poured the glaze over them, eliminating the candied nuts altogether. I did not care for the pumpkin seeds on the top. Even candied they were dry and the cake is so yummy and moist. I like t call it my Thanksgiving cake because it has so many items in it.
Made this cake with a couple of modifications. Did not use cranberries or pecans in the filling. Increased diced apples to 2 cups and added 1/2 tsp cinnamon to filling. I cooked it on the stove for 5 minutes or so and let cool before using. I had to let the glaze cool for at least 10 minutes and kept stirring, then it thickened enough to stay on the cake. It is very moist and not overly spicy.
Made this cake last night. It turned out just like picture. I followed the recipe exactly. Everyone love it - even the kids!
I just cut me a slice, then had to have a second. Really scrumptious. I agree with the previous review that the glaze does not look like the picture. It is much darker and thinner -- but good. I wonder if the recipe listed the amount of powdered sugar as less than was used for the recipe in the picture. Could my syrup have been darker? I was happy with the amount of apple filling, and it worked out perfect for me. I added a teaspoon of salt to the cake recipe to bring out the favors, and I sprinkled a little bit of salt on the sugared pecans. Entirely personal preference.
Really good cake. Received plenty of compliments. I didn't do the glaze because I served it sliced on a platter as part of a dessert buffet and I was afraid the glaze would make it too messy. Would also suggest slightly less of the filling (apples, cranberries, nuts) as it didn't all fit with keeping them 1/2" from the edge of the cake.
The cake is good but the glaze is way too thin. It didn't look like the picture at all. Try cutting the maple syrup down to 2 Tablespoons and eliminating the milk.