The Winner of the Fyberspates Scrumptious Collection Vol.3 Give Away

Time just passes so quickly. It’s the winner announcement time!

Thank you all very much for taking the time to answer the survey questions. Your replies were very interesting and helpful. I am grateful!

The Winner

48 people participated in the Prize Draw and I used the Random Number Generator to select the winner:

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The 30th person was Adebar.

Congratulations, Adebar!

I’ll be sending you an e-mail shortly. 🙂

Chunky Bobble Cardigan-Jacket Knitting Pattern – One of a Kind!

Bobble Cardigan is one of the latest knitting pattern designs in my new Fresh Inspiration Knitting – Vol. 2.

Bobble Cardigan

My inspiration for the Bobble Cardigan was the smooth pebbles I see when taking a stroll along a local woodland path.

It’s a wonderfully thick, warm, over-sized cardigan that’s incredibly comfortable to wear. The Cardigan features all-over chunky bobbles (over 5 stitches), organised diagonally and radiating from the centre back. And it’s perfect for those who love seamless knitting with chunky yarns!

Surprise Your Fellow Knitters

The front bobbles magically align themselves vertically, owing to the wonderful drape of the garment. And you get a surprising visual illusion, too, because the direction of the bobbles at the front looks different from the direction on the back!

This knitting pattern is a unique design, and it brought me compliments when I wore it, so you may get compliments when you wear it, too. 😉

The pattern also includes belt – so you can close the front and be warm and cosy when it’s chilly!

Bobble Cardigan is knitted with Jamieson’s of Shetland Marl, which is a chunky weight and the same yarn I used for the Adult Cable Yoke Jacket. It’s a great outerwear yarn and I love knitting with it.

I find it totally worth the money and time to knit this cardigan in this rustic, chunky Marl, because it knits up a fabulously dense and warm fabric, that keeps you snug (and smug!) when everyone around you is shivering in thin, acrylic cardigans and jumpers!

And unlike the mass-produced acrylic knitwear in the shops, real 100% woollen cardigans, jackets and jumpers stay looking like new for years and years.

The Bobble Cardigan – Chunky Modern Seamless Knitting

Chunky knits are one of my favourite types of knitting, but many of chunky knitting patterns still have seams. I think chunky knitting and seamed garments are like oil and water – they don’t mix! If you agree, you’ll love this seamless Bobble Cardigan knitting pattern!

I’ve designed it with a top-down knitting construction, starting from the 2 x 2 rib for the collar, working seamless raglan shaping. The bobbles are made from the beginning, for the right and left front, but start after the raglan completes for the back.

And no matter what size you knit-up, you’ll always have the fabulous, triangular peak in the centre back!

The front moss stitch bands are worked just before working the hem ribbing, which is the only area you’ll need to sew at the end. The front has just a minimum seam-line, as attaching the moss stitch band is like attaching a garter stitch.

And it’s easy to adjust the Bobble Cardigan to fit your personality, fashion style and colour preferences. Try changing the colours of the bobbles, making differently sized bobbles or adding a different coloured rib and moss stitch!


Bobble Cardigan is available as an individual digital pattern from Cotton & Cloud and Ravelry as well as a part of Fresh Inspiration Knitting Vol.2 Collection.

Printed pattern is also available from Magcloud (individual & collection).

Fresh Inspiration Knitting Vol. 2 – Pathways

Hi, everybody!
Today, I’m absolutely thrilled to announce that my second Fresh Inspiration Knitting is now available! And you can buy my knitting patterns online, as individual patterns or as the full set of eBook!

Fresh Inspiration Knitting Vol.2

Unique Knitting Patterns – Fun to Knit & Fabulous to Wear!

I started preparing the knitting patterns for Fresh Inspirations Vol. 2 right back at the beginning of 2013.

It was a really busy and happy year for me, as in early August I found out that I was expecting my first child! (And she’s due to be born in April, this year – can’t wait!)

But now I am very pleased with the result because I think they are original and are stylish and great fun for you to knit (I am completely biased of course)!

Knitting Patterns with Fresh Inspiration for Your Creative Life

In our climate, we need to have an nice cardigan, jacket, shawl or snood with us all through the year – at home, at work and for social occasions!

So for this second Fresh Inspiration Knitting collection, the aim was to create knitwear that is pleasing to the eye, yet unconventional, with a lasting style that will always be admired by your friends.

I found the inspiration for this second collection during my relaxing winter strolls along the peaceful, woodland pathways near my home.

I was thinking about the unexpected pathways our lives can take. In my case, from a childhood in Japan to being a Londoner, and how I used to be a pharmacist, but my overwhelming passion for knitting and design led to a new and creative career!

And it was the beautiful natural shapes, colours and forms along the tree-sheltered paths, that inspired these new designs for 2014, which I hope you’ll enjoy knitting and love showing off to your friends!

There are 5 new designs in Fresh Inspiration Knitting Vol. 2 – three cardigans and two accessory knitting patterns.

Bobble Cardigan

Bobble Cardigan knitting pattern

Trailing Ivy Cardigan

Trailing Ivy Cardigan knitting pattern

Pebble Snood

Zig-Zag Path Shawl

Autumn Leaf Kimono Cardigan

Autumn Leaf Kimono Knitting Pattern

You can also browse my new Fresh Inspiration Knitting – Volume 2 on ravelry. And I’d love to hear your feedback.

I hope you’ll enjoy knitting and wearing my unique knitwear designs – just as much as I enjoyed creating them for 2014!

Pattern Information

Fresh Inspiration Knitting Vol.2

An exclusive collection of 5 knitting patterns (3 garments & 2 accessories) from Cotton & Cloud.

Each pattern is available as a part of the collection as well as individual patterns.
Collection price – £7.50
Individual pattern prices between – £2.50 – £3.50

You can buy the printed version, just pop along to MagCloud.

Iwerne Cardigan – Scrumptious Knitting Vol.3

I am so proud to be included amongst so many talented designers in the fabulous, new Scrumptious Vol. 3 collection! And as part of the Fyberspates Scrumptious Vol. 3 Blog Tour, I’m here to tell you all about my Iwerne Cardigan and the lovely Scrumptious yarn I used to create it.


ALSO, I am doing a giveaway for this book! Detail of the giveaway is at the end of the post. Stitched TogetherA Playful Day will be blogging with me today, so do make sure you pop over to them, too.


There are 13 beautiful knitting patterns (5 garments and 8 accessory patterns) in Scrumptious Vol. 3 and you can see all the designs on this Ravelry page. I do love the Lerryn Mittens by Rachel Coopey. They are so cosy and distinctive that I’m going to knit a pair for myself, and for my sister, too!

Fyberspates Scrumptious – Inspirational Yarn


My inspiration for the Iwerne Cardigan came from the Scrumptious DK Worsted itself. Scrumptious DK Worsted is a single ply yarn, with a unique and beautiful gentle glow.

As single-ply yarns behave slightly differently from plied yarns, making a less-rigid fabric, I felt it was essential to design something that makes the most of this attractive characteristic. So I decided that an elegant cardigan, with a charming lace motif and a lovely, fluid movement would be perfect!


The name, Iwerne was chosen for this beautiful cardigan as each of the designs is named after a British river or coastal town. So my flowing, waterfall cardigan also fitted in perfectly with the watery theme!

Iwerne Cardigan – Directional Knit and Timeless Knitting Design

The anatomy of this cardigan is also unique, with the main body worked flat, starting from one side of the body first (e.g. right or left front). When you reach halfway, you divide the stitches and continue working the back.

After grafting at the centre back, the knitting direction for the front becomes vertical, while the back is horizontal. This creates the beautifully draped ‘waterfall’ effect.

The upper body is worked using a circular needle to accommodate the large number of stitches. The Magic Loop method is used to work the sleeve (but you can, of course, use DPNs instead).

Technically, it is not hard, but there is a lot going on – making it an enjoyable knit that will keep your brain and your hands busy!


The versatile Iwerne Cardigan can be worn as a contemporary-casual knit, dressed up with a smart blouse or worn over a little black dress for a more formal occasion. And there are lots of beautiful colours available.

Scrumptious Vol. 3 – Giveaway Details:

Want a chance to win the Fyberspates Scrumptious Vol. 3 Collection? All you have to do is answer this short survey!

The Giveaway closes on 16th Feb 2014. The winner will be chosen using a random number and will be announced on 17th Feb 2014 on the blog.

Make sure you put the correct contact details on your Giveaway Entry, to ensure speedy delivery of this superb set of designer knitting patterns if you win!

Scrumptious Knitting Collection Vol.3 by Fyberspates
Price (print and digital): £12.00 ($26)
The Scrumptious yarn and pattern range is widely available from shops and online retailers around the world. For an up-to-date list of where to find our products, please click here.

Share your Scrumptious experiences online on: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Blog and Ravelry Group and join the friendly online community!

And don’t forget to join my Cotton & Cloud Ravelry Group, where I can help you with specific questions regarding the new Iwerne Cardi!


Fyberspates’ Scrumptious Vol. 3 – A Sneak Peak of Iwerne Cardigan

The long-awaited Fyberspates’ Scrumptious Vol. 3 is finally out today, and you all have to check it out!

Why am I so excited? Because you will be able to see one of my designs in the book! It’s called, Iwerne Cardigan. Here is a preview of this wonderfully soft and draped waterfall cardigan modelled by talented Jeni, the owner of Fyberspates ;).


I will be blogging in detail about my knitting designs, as a part of the Fyberspates blog tour later this month, so today will be just a sneak peak – as well as to introduce you to the wonderful world of the Scrumptious knitting pattern series.

Fyberspates Scrumptious Knitting Pattern Series

There are 13 beautiful knitting patterns (5 garments and 8 accessory patterns) in Vol. 3. The patterns cater for all level of knitters and designed by UK’s knitting bright stars. I am so proud to be included in the series.

Fyberspates is an independent UK yarn company, specializing in luxury hand-dyed yarns and fibres for spinning and felting. Their products are available globally and it is one of the most exciting yarn companies right now. Scrumptious yarn is a luxury mix of 45% Silk and 55% Merino. It comes in 5 different weights: Lace, 4-ply Sport, DK Worsted, Aran and Chunky.

I have designed various garments with Scrumptious yarns in the past and they are all fabulous to knit with. It’s so kind to your hands when you knit, soft to touch and, most importantly, it knits-up beautifully! The image below is Scrumptious DK Worsted. Doesn’t it look just so lovely?


Scrumptious Volume 3: Available both in print from Fyberspates & from Ravelry, and here is the Ravelry link to my Iwerne Cardi 😉

New Year, New Knitting

Hi Everyone & Happy New Year!

Now that all the bustle and excitement of Christmas is past, it’s easy to fall into a bit of a daze during January, isn’t it?  And isn’t the weather terrible this year!  The need for a good warm sweater (or three!) is greater than ever, as we approach the coldest part of the year.

I know many of my knitting friends have finished holiday gift knitting; it’s time to start a larger project – and why not start a year with knitting a man’s garment? Knitting a garment for your boyfriend, husband, father, grandfather etc. is so rewarding for both parties, especially Valentine’s Day is so near. But they often prefer “simpler” designs preferably without any reindeers, Santa pictures or coloured patterns their friends or colleagues will just make fun of!


Right now I’m having a run of orders for my Top-down Saddle Shoulder Jumper knitting pattern, which seems to be more popular than ever this winter. It’s a perfect project this time of the year because it’s simple and fun to make as well as keeping the men in your life warm in the coldest temperatures.

The knitting pattern calls for 100% pure Shetland wool in Heather (Aran weight) by Jamieson’s of Shetland. And as it’s the yarn used for centuries by the Shetland Islanders, who live in very extreme weather conditions – mostly cold gale-force winds, rain and very low temperatures – it has a great reputation for warmth, comfort and durability – and it’s so true!

Top-down Saddle Shoulder Jumper in Stocking Stitch Pattern


This original knitting pattern is a classic wardrobe staple for men. It is worked top-down knitting in all-over stocking stitch, with the Saddle shoulder sections made first.

The short-row technique is used to create the attractive shoulder slants and the body is worked using circular needles, to accommodate the high number of stitches and curves.

The sleeves are then worked using DPNs – unless you can knit using the magic-loop method.  In which case, you don’t need to use DPNs for the sleeves.

What’s great about this pattern is that you can use this pattern over and over again to make your own original knitwear by using different colour yarns (you will love the colour ranges Jamieson’s of Shetland has for Heather) or with different types of yarn! Why not add stripes!


Pattern Information:

To fit chest sizes – 37 (40, 44, 47)
•    Finished chest size – 96 (106, 115, 120) cm
•    Or in inches that’s 38” (41¾”, 45½”, 47¼”)
•    The model is wearing Size 40

100% pure Shetland wool from Jamieson’s of Shetland in Heather (92 m [101 yd] per 50 g ball): Camel (141), 10 (11, 13, 14) balls.

Pattern price: £3.50
The pdf version of the knitting pattern can be purchased from the Cotton & Cloud website (and you will get automatic pdf update if the pattern is updated) but if you prefer a printed version, please check out MagCloud.

Free Knitting Pattern: Toe Up Ginkgo Socks


Many years ago, I designed these Gingko Socks to keep my feet warm and comfy.  The original pattern was tailor-made to fit my tiny, narrow feet, but this year I decided to update the pattern and offer it in two larger sizes.

And now, I’m giving my beloved updated Gingko Socks design away as a FREE PATTERN at the foot of this page! It’s a little Thank You to everyone who follows my blog and enjoys knitting my Cotton & Cloud original designs!


As the name suggests, my Gingko Socks were inspired by the beautiful sweeps of vivid, yellow leaves that collect under Japanese gingko trees in autumn. I used to love collecting them as a child in Japan, because I was fascinated by their unusual shape. Later, as young pharmacist, I was also interested in the gingko plant for its medicinal properties. And finally, as an avid knitter and knitwear designer, I just had to design something that featured the patterns and colours of this amazing plant!


The updated pattern uses gorgeous Socka yarn, from Sparkle Duck. It’s wonderfully squishy and beautifully hand-dyed to a semi-solid, warm yellow. This shade is called Honey, but you can find lots of other amazing colours here.


The socks are knitted from the toe-up and I used Judy’s Magic Cast-on Method, for a seamless start.  It’s a fast, enjoyable knit and perfect for using up an odd ball of sock yarn from your knitting box. You’ll love how soft and warm these socks feel on your feet!


Please note that this pattern is a free pattern so it has not gone through rigorous technical editing process. If you think there is an error, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

S (M, L)
Foot length of 22 (25, 27) cm.
Circumference 19 (20, 21.5) cm

Sparkelduck Socka (80% superwash merino wool, 20% nylon; 365m [400yds]/100g skein)
1 x 100g skein of Honey
Please note that the yarn quantity is calculated based on the actual foot length of 22 (25, 27) cm.

33 sts and 45 rows to 10 cm over stocking stitch using 2.5mm needles.

Needles & Accessories
1 set of 2.5mm (UK 13-12/US 1-2) double-pointed-needles (DPNs)
Yarn needle to weave in ends

DPNs – double-pointed needles
K – knit
kwise – knit wise
m – marker
M1L – Make 1 left slanting: Bring the tip of left-hand needle under the strand between sts, from front to back. Knit into the back of this loop.
M1R – Make 1 right slanting: Bring the tip of left-hand needle under the strand between stitches, from back to front. Knit this loop.
P – purl
pwise – purl wise
pm – place marker
rnd / rnds – round / rounds
sl – slip
slm – slip marker
SSK – Slip, slip, knit: (Slip 1 kwise) twice, knit the 2 slipped sts tog
st / sts – stitch / stitches
tog – together
wyb – with yarn (in) back

Cast on 24 (28, 28) sts using Judy’s Magic Cast On method.
Rnd 1: Pm, K13 (15, 15), pm, knit to end. 13 (15, 15) sts for the first half and 11 (13, 13) sts for the second half.
Inc rnd: K1, M1L, K to 1 st before m, M1R, K1, slm, M1L, K to 1 st before m, M1R, slm – 4 sts inc’d.
Note: Instead of using M1L and M1R for either side of the heel gusset, you could use yb then yf and work these yarn overs through the back of loop on the following round to twist the stitch to close the hole. The direction of the twist would be towards the left and the right, respectively to make a neat gusset.
Rep the Inc rnd every rnd once more. 32 (36, 36) sts.
Rep the Inc rnd every other rnd 7 (7, 8) times in total. 60 (64, 68) sts.
Last Inc rnd: K to m, slm, M1R, knit to end. 61 (65, 69) sts, 31 (33, 35) sts for the first half and 30 (32, 34) sts for the second half.
Work 1 rnd straight.

Work chart 1 (2, 2) for the first 31 (33, 35) sts of the sock. Work in stocking stitch for the second half of the rnd.


Cont in patt until the length of the sock measures 12 (13.5, 14.5) cm from cast on or 10.5 (11.5, 12.5) cm less than your intended length of the socks.

Shape Heel Gusset
Next rnd: *Patt to m, slm, M1L, knit to m, M1R, slm.
Next rnd: Knit.
Rep all from * 12 (14, 15) times more. 87 (95, 101) sts – there should be 31 (33, 35) sts for the first half and 56 (62, 66) sts for the second half.

Heel Flap
Next row (RS): Patt to m, slm, K13 (15, 16), (sl1 pwise wyib, K1) 14 (15, 16) times in total, sl1 pwise wyib, SSK, turn.
Next row (WS): Sl1 pwise, P28 (30, 32), P2tog, turn.

You will now be working these 30 (32, 34) sts as heel flap in flat knitting.
Next row: §Sl1 pwise wyib, K1; rep from * 13 (14, 15) times more, sl1 pwise wyib, SSK, turn.
Next row: Sl pwise, P28 (30, 32), P2tog, turn.

Rep all from § 11 (13, 14) times more – there should be 30 (32, 34) sts left between the 2 markers for the second half.

Next row (RS): K to m, M1R, slm.
62 (66, 70) sts – 31 (33, 35) sts for both front and back. You will now be working in the rnd.
Cont in patt as chart 1 (2, 2) for both the front and back of the sock.
Note: Although the charts 1 (2) show rows from 1 to 14 (12) rows, respectively, continue from the row you have left on the first front of the socks to ensure the pattern continues throughout the piece.

Work until the piece measures 12 cm from the end of the heel flap.
Inc rnd: K31 (33, 35), M1; rep from * to end. 64 (68, 72) sts.

Next rnd: *K2, P2; rep from * to end.
The above rnd form 2×2 rib.
Cont in rib for 4cm. Cast off all sts loosely.

Weave in ends and block the socks to measurement.

How to Knit Well – Finishing the Ends of Yarn: Reversible Shetland-Wool Gloves Tutorial 2


The updated version of my Reversible Shetland-Wool Gloves now includes a popular new pair of reversible mittens. Unlike the fingerless gloves, which require the Kitchner grafting method of joining the top, no grafting is needed to knit these mittens.

However, this means that after you’ve made the second mitten, you won’t be able to turn the piece inside-out. So this Tutorial will show you how to finish the free-ends of yarn in my double-layered reversible mittens!

Last week I have blogged about how to embroider a flower motif on the knitted fabric (LINK) for this pattern.


It’s important that you have all the left-over free-ends of yarns, on the right side of the piece (and this includes when you are changing the colours and for making the thumb). Note that you can’t see any of the red (the main colour) free-ends of yarns for the striped area. This is because the yarn is carried forward for the next set of stripes, to avoid having to deal with too many strands of yarn at the end.


I find it harder to carry the yarns without cutting them for the rest of the colours, because the rows worked are not enough to keep the knitted fabric neat and tidy. Therefore, I prefer to cut the yarns and finish them off at the end.

1)    First, you tie the knots. Make sure you pair with the same coloured yarn. The first and the last stitch of the row may be loose because they are not joined, so pull these yarns (but maintain the tension) to make sure the edges are neat.


2)    Using yarn needles, thread through between the two layers of the mittens.


3)    Then cut the yarn close to the fabric (careful not to cut the preciously knitted fabric!!)


4)    Stretch the mitten lengthways, to hide the end-yarns between the layers.


Then you are ready to put the other side of the mitten inside to make a pair of the warmest, cosiest double-layered mittens ever! ☺

How to Knit Well – Knitting Embroidery: Reversible Shetland-Wool Gloves Tutorial 1


These Reversible Gloves are one of the first Cotton & Cloud original designs. It has been my intention to update it for a while now and since I really want to have the majority of work done before the baby is born; I’ve finally got around doing it!

The updated pattern now includes a mitten version of the pattern using the very best Shetland Wool from Jamieson’s of Shetland DK. There is absolutely nothing else that can keep your hands as warm in the cold weather!

I have changed the stripe slightly from the original version, so that it is easier for the knitters and to avoid having to use so many colours for just a little amount.

When I write my patterns, I try to put as much information as possible but it’s not always possible owing to the limitation of pages I can use for each loose-leaf pattern (multiple of 4 pages).

The new Reversible Gloves pattern includes images to help you with some techniques used to make the gloves and the pattern was already laid out over 8 pages, so I thought I would write an additional blog post about it to help you succeed with your knitting today!


The Reversible Gloves are made with two layers of gloves. For this pattern you make the plain glove first and the flower embroidery is done before you start making the interior piece. Unlike normal embroidery on fabric, stitching onto a knitted fabric can be a little tricky because the stitches are bigger and elastic.


The trick is to keep the tension of the knitted fabric as flat as possible by not embroidering it too tightly. You can take a piece of cardboard and place it underneath, to help keep the fabric as flat as possible. In the case of gloves, placing the cardboard inside the gloves will also prevent sewing through the other side of the fabric.

So here is how to embroider a flower onto the gloves!
1.    Start from the inside of the flower with yellow for the centre and the first colour.


2.    Mark the positions of 6 petals using the second colour yarn. Leave the second colour for now.


3.    Outline the shape of the petal using the third colour yarn first, then outline once more with shorter lines outside of the petals, so that each line drawn by the third colour is prominent.


4.    Go back to the second colour and fill in the petals.


5.    Identify a position straight below the flower and add a stem. For a nice effect, curve the stem closer to the flower.



That’s it! The next tutorial will be how to finish off the free ends of yarn for the Reversible Mittens.
Enjoy the cosy gloves ☺

Japanese Kabocha Squash Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Today, I would like to share my very best, super-moist and yummy Pumpkin Cake recipe using Japanese Kabocha squash.


If you’re thinking about making a sweet pumpkin dish during the autumn season, this is definitely the recipe to choose!  It’s moist and truly delicious, making it perfect for giving family and friends something completely new at your Bonfire Night party or even for your Thanksgiving party.


In Japan, ‘pumpkin’ refers to the green Kabocha squash, so when I moved to the UK, I was surprised to find that a ‘pumpkin’ was an orange vegetable! And that it wasn’t part of traditional English cooking at all!

Kabocha squash is much sweeter and has a more ‘meaty’ texture than pumpkin flesh, in the same way as a ‘floury’ potato. You can use it exactly the same way as the European orange pumpkin.

220 g Kabocha squash – steamed and made into a smooth paste and left to cool.  (Add a small quantity of milk or soy milk if necessary.)
150 g self-raising flour
150 g margarine – softened at room temperature
100 g castor sugar (depending on how sweet you would like it to be)
1 tbsp. castor sugar for the meringue
3 large eggs at room temperature
1/2 tsp. bicarbonate of soda
A small pinch of salt

One 20 cm cake tin

1.    Preheat the oven to 170 degrees centigrade.
2.    Separate the egg whites from the yolks.
3.    Measure out all ingredients.
4.    Line the cake tin with baking sheet.

1.     In a mixing bowl, blend the margarine and castor sugar until white and fluffy – in 2-3 batches.
2.    Adding just one egg yolk at a time, mix the yolks evenly into the batter.
3.    Add the Kabocha paste and blend it into the batter.
4.    Add the rest of the dry ingredients and mix into a well-blended batter.

1.    Put all the egg whites and 1 tbsp. castor sugar in a separate dry, clean and non-greasy bowl.
2.    Make the meringue using an electric mixer until it is firm and will stay in upright peaks.


Mixing everything
1.    Take approx. 1/4 portion of the meringue and mix it into the batter thoroughly.  (This will make the main batter slightly thinner.)


2.    In 2-3 stages, fold the rest of the meringue into the batter gently.
3.    Pour the mixture into the cake tin carefully. Then shake the cake tin gently to make the surface as flat as possible.
N.B. Take care not to agitate the mixture too much, to avoid releasing the air bubbles in the batter and getting a flat cake.
4.    Bake for 45 – 50 mins.
5.    Then remove the cake from the oven and check it is fully cooked by piercing it with a wooden skewer.  If the cake is properly cooked, you’ll see some small crumbs on the skewer when extracted.
6.    Cool on a cake-rack.

This Yummy Pumpkin cake is absolutely delicious when served hot or cold!