By Mark Breen of Seasonal Kitchen

If you're carving a jack-o'-lantern this Halloween, save the flesh and use it to make this delicious pumpkin and coconut cake.

Ingredients (Serves 10)

  • 225g self-raising flour
  • 2 heaped teaspoons baking powder
  • 100g apple syrup
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon or mixed spice
  • 300g pumpkin puree
  • 75g coconut oil
  • 50g desiccated coconut


  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
  2. Mix pumpkin well with oil and maple syrup.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder and cinnamon, and combine well.
  4. Add any additional ingredients.
  5. Bake in a greased and lined loaf tin for 15 minutes, before checking. Cover with foil, if the loaf cake is browning. Bake for another 15 minutes (approximately).
  6. Allow to cool a little before slicing. It's delicious freshly baked but even yummier when it goes gooey the next day!