Yellow Cake with Pumpkin

Minoo shared with us two recipes from the book Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld, wife of the comedian Jerry Seinfeld. This book is available in Costco for about $15.


Minoo had been introducing this book to the community kitchens as it’s recipes incorporate vegetables and fruits in the puree form. In this way, kids will not know they are eating vegetables and fruits which has been masked. Having kids to eat nutritious meals is one of the biggest challenge during meal time.


This book has a chapter which covers on how to puree and freeze vegetables and fruits in small portions for convenience usage later. This is good for small families which often have to toss away rotten vegetables and fruits simply because they cant finish eating them. Puree food is also good for seniors, easy on digestion and gentle to their palate.


The Yellow Cake with Pumpkin turned out moist and had a very ‘pumpkinish’ colour. We also added some flax seeds for extra nutrients. We had extra to bring home and Arkensen finished them all.


  • 1 (18 oz) box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg white
  • 6 oz nonfat lemon, banana, or vanilla yogurt


Click on the link below for the instructions.


Preheat the oven to 350F. Coat a 9-inch cake pan with cooking spray or butter/margarine and flour lightly.

IMG_4394In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the cake mix, pumpkin puree, water, oil, eggs, egg white, and yogurt.
IMG_4402Beat until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.
IMG_4429Pour the batter into the cake pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean, about 50 to 60 minutes. We used a 9-inch pie plate which we found too small for this recipe. We should have used a 9″ x 11″ pan and it should take lesser time to bake.The cake came out golden brown and moist.You may substitute the yellow cake mix with devil’s food cake.

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  1. Chubbypanda

    That’s a great book. A lot of my friends who are moms swear by it. They say it makes it easier to get kids to eat more vegetables. The only problem is that since the veggies are hidden, you still have to serve veggies with the food and make the kids eat them. Otherwise they won’t learn good eating habits for later in life.


    Looks tasty. Is this a desert cake or more of a cornbread type cake? Nice photography.

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