I first made this cake five years ago, back in the early days of this blog. Now as I reflect on that time, I realize it was probably one of the first legit layer cakes I had ever made. Not only was it an impressive, drool worthy combination of pumpkin cake + butterscotch filling + brown sugar frosting, at the time it gave me confidence to know that yes, I could successfully make a cake with multiple components. My cake assembly and decorating skills did leave much to be desired, but we all have to start somewhere right?
A cake this decadent is certainly something best saved for special occasions only. It has made rare appearances over the past few years and each time I have tweaked it just a bit. A few weeks ago my youngest brother celebrated a birthday and when he requested a pumpkin cake, I decided it was time to update the recipe and photos for all of you. Because this cake does not belong buried deep in the archives.
Note: Since people always ask for a photo of the inside: Per my usual birthday policy, I do not photograph the sliced cake. Birthdays are about the birthday honoree, not the perfect photo! The assembly shot above will have to do. Thanks for understanding!