I adjusted the recipe as well, used 1 cup white sugar, 2/3 c brown, 1/2cup oil, 2/3 cup apple sauce and added 1 tea baking powder. I made these into cupcakes and they rose beautifully. I left in the cloves because we like a spice cake with a bit of a bite, and I think for those who left it out, this is what is missing for you, clove add a very nice level of depth and flavor to a pumpkin recipe. Once the recipe is adjusted, it makes for awesome cupcakes/cakes. Definitely loved the cream cheese frosting, you might try adding just a touch of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice to the frosting (just a bit, don't let it overpower... very easy recipe, shorten the time of course... I give 4 stars because i had to adjust so much, but for mine --- 5 stars!!!
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I adjusted the recipe as well, used 1 cup white sugar, 2/3 c brown, 1/2cup oil, 2/3 cup apple...