Butternut Squash Pound Cake


Butternut Squash Pound Cake

(Photo: Erik Putz)

Chatelaine Triple Tested

This sweet pound cake is a perfect after-dinner treat.


  • 1 butternut squash

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • 2 tsp ginger

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter

  • 3 eggs

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  • For butternut squash purée: Preheat oven to 400F.

  • CUT squash into quarters. Scoop out and discard seeds. Roast pieces in a large baking dish covered with foil, until fork-tender, about 1 hour. Remove from oven. (Reserve some squash to garnish, if desired.) When cool enough to handle, scoop flesh from skins. Whirl in a food processor until smooth. (Purée refrigerates for up to 3 days.)

  • For pound cake: Turn oven heat down to 350F.

  • STIR flour with cinnamon, ginger, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.

  • BEAT granulated sugar with butter in a medium bowl, using an electric mixer on medium-high, until combined. Beat in eggs, 1 cup butternut squash purée and vanilla.

  • BEAT flour mixture into squash mixture. Scrape into a lightly oiled 9 5-in. loaf pan. Bake until a skewer inserted into cake comes out clean, 1 hour 5 min to 1 hour 10 min. Cool in pan on a rack for 10 min, then turn loaf out onto rack to cool completely.