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CWP Nov 2019 Recipe

November 7, 2019

November 7, 2019

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This year, the Cold War Patriots created a calendar filled with delicious recipes submitted by our members. Each month we will be posting a different recipe from the 2019 Cold War Patriots Calendar for you to try. Hope you enjoy!

Pumpkin Cake

Submitted by: Alberta H, former worker of the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 70 min

Total: 95 min


2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt and 1 ½ tsp. ground cloves
¼ tsp. allspice and ¼ tsp. ginger
4 eggs and 3-4 tbsp. water or milk
2 cups canned pumpkin and 1 cup vegetable oil
1 ½ cups bran flakes
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or other nuts
1 ½ cups powdered sugar and 2 tsp. vanilla extract


Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, spices, sugar and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs until foamy. Mix in pumpkin, oil, and bran flakes. Add sifted dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate morsels and nuts. Spread evenly into an un-greased 10×4 tube pan. Bake in 350 degree oven, about 1 hr. 10 min. Cool completely before removing from the pan. To make the glaze, slowly blend the milk or water into the powdered sugar. Add the vanilla extract. Place cooled cake on a cake plate and drizzle confectioners sugar glaze on top.

Recipe Story:

With pumpkin always being a favorite ingredient in desserts around the holiday season, Alberta of Portsmouth,
Ohio has baked this dessert for her family during Thanksgiving and Christmas for close to 20 years. It can be made with, or without nuts if you choose to leave that ingredient out. But either way you prefer, it is just as tasty.

About the facility:

Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant or A-Plant The Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, located in Portsmouth, Ohio had an original estimated construction cost of $1.2 billion and an estimated time frame of four years. The plant ended up being completed a few months ahead of schedule and only cost $750 million to build, resulting in close to $400 million savings.