You might ask, why is this pound cake named for the season? That’s easy enough. Its ingredients speak of a fall harvest, including yams and chopped nuts.

You might ask, why is this pound cake named for the season? That’s easy enough. Its ingredients speak of a fall harvest, including yams and chopped nuts.

The aroma from your oven will attract a crowd. Ice with your favorite white butter frosting.

AUTUMN CAKE

2 1/4 cups unbleached flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon, ground

1/2 teaspoon cloves, ground

1/4 teaspoon allspice

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped

2 eggs

1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries

1/2 cup mashed candied yams, canned

2 cups green apples, peeled and chopped

2/3 cup maple syrup       

2 tablespoons cream or half and half

2 tablespoons orange marmalade

Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon and cloves. In separate bowl, combine maple syrup with butter and eggs, and beat for 3 minutes. Fold in yams, apples, walnuts, raisins, cream and marmalade.

Add flour mixture a quarter cup at a time, stirring well after each, to make a stiff batter. Pour into lightly oiled 9-by-5-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 60 to 70 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes, then move cake to a cooling rack. Cool before slicing.