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Pumpkin Cake – Sugar Spun Run

My delicate, spiced, melt-in-your-mouth pumpkin cake recipe takes simply 20 minutes to prep earlier than baking. High it with a easy cream cheese frosting, and also you’ve bought your self a seasonal showstopper! Recipe features a how-to video!

Slice of pumpkin cake frosted with cream cheese frosting on a white plate.

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This pumpkin cake is predicated off of my common pumpkin cupcake recipe, with just some tweaks to make it appropriate as a layer cake. It’s excellent for fall birthdays, Halloween events, and naturally, Thanksgiving (have you ever deliberate your menu but?!). Everybody will love how candy (however a balanced, not overpowering candy), delicate, and moist this recipe is!

I selected to frost mine with cream cheese frosting (I don’t find out about you, however to me, the 2 are inseparable), however another good choices embody Swiss meringue buttercream, vanilla frosting, and even brown butter frosting. Whereas I’m often a frosting fanatic, I believe a skinny layer right here pairs completely with this richly flavored cake (and it seems to be so fairly this fashion too!).

You’re simply an hour away from a slice of candy, spiced goodness… let’s get began!

What You Want

Overhead view of ingredients including pumpkin puree, brown sugar, butter, cream cheese, and more.

There’s fairly a couple of substances up there, so I’ll spotlight the necessary ones:

  • Unsalted butter. I go for unsalted butter in order that I’ve 100% management of the salt taste on this recipe. In case you solely have salted butter readily available, see my submit on substituting salted for unsalted butter.
  • Pumpkin puree. Use plain, 100% pumpkin puree. Pumpkin pie filling seems to be very related and is offered in the identical part of the grocery retailer, however it consists of spices and components that we don’t need in our pumpkin cake. I’m beginning to sound like a management freak, however we wish to have full management over the spice and sweetness of our cake, not depend on no matter Libby occurred so as to add to that may!
  • Cream cheese. Use brick-style, full-fat cream cheese in your frosting.
  • Powdered sugar. Chances are you’ll discover this recipe has rather less sugar than my conventional cream cheese frosting; this makes the frosting a bit silkier, which I like right here. You’ll be able to range the quantity of sugar you utilize primarily based on whether or not your frosting must be thinner (good for sheet desserts) or thicker (finest for layer desserts). In case you’re searching for a good thinner/softer frosting, you’ll be able to cut back the sugar to 2.5 cups.
  • Vanilla. A little bit of vanilla extract flavors our frosting properly. To be trustworthy, I actually love to make use of a scraped vanilla bean on this recipe, however they’re simply SO costly proper now, so extract it’s!

SAM’S TIP: Utilizing butter and oil makes this pumpkin cake each flavorful and moist. I don’t suggest substituting one for extra of the opposite–you want each for the proper steadiness!

Keep in mind, that is simply an summary of the substances I used and why. For the complete recipe please scroll right down to the underside of the submit!

Methods to Make Pumpkin Cake

Collage of four photos showing cake batter being prepared and poured into two pans.
  1. Cream collectively the butter and sugars till mild and fluffy, then stir within the oil and add the pumpkin.
  2. Add the eggs separately, then stir within the vanilla and milk.
  3. Mix the dry substances in a separate bowl, then progressively add them to the moist substances.
  4. Divide the batter between two greased, floured, and lined pans. Bake for 35-45 minutes.
Collage of four photos showing cakes being leveled and frosted after baking.
  1. Let the desserts cool of their pans for 10 minutes earlier than inverting to a cooling rack.
  2. Stage the fully cooled desserts and set them apart.
  3. Put together the frosting.
  4. Unfold frosting on the primary cake layer, high with the second layer, and frost as desired.

SAM’S TIP: As soon as you might be prepared to mix the moist and dry substances, swap over to a spatula. Utilizing a mixer for this half may trigger your pumpkin cake to develop into too dense or dry.

Slice of cake infused with pumpkin and spices frosted with cream cheese frosting on a white plate.

Often Requested Questions

Can I make this in a special pan?

I baked my pumpkin cake in two 8″ pans as a result of I like my desserts a bit taller, however three 8″ pans, two 9″ pans, or a 9×13″ pan would additionally work. I’d suggest making my pumpkin bundt cake or pumpkin cupcakes as an alternative in case you’re searching for both of these.

How ought to pumpkin cake be saved?

In case you’re comfy with leaving it out (I’m, personally), you’ll be able to retailer your pumpkin cake in an hermetic container at room temperature for as much as 48 hours. In any other case, you’ll wish to maintain it refrigerated in an hermetic container and luxuriate in inside 5 days.

Slice of cake infused with pumpkin and spices frosted with cream cheese frosting on a white plate.

This pumpkin cake formally wraps up my pumpkin recipes for this 12 months. I hope you loved all of them 🧡

Get pleasure from!

Let’s bake collectively! I’ll be strolling you thru all of the steps in my written recipe and video under! In case you do that recipe, you’ll want to tag me on Instagram, and you can too discover me on YouTube and Fb

Slice of pumpkin cake frosted with cream cheese frosting on a white plate.

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  • Preheat oven to 350F (175C) and put together 2 8″ cake pans by frivolously greasing and flouring the perimeters and lining the underside with parchment paper. Put aside.

  • Mix butter and sugars within the bowl of a stand mixer (or in a big bowl and use an electrical mixer). Beat till well-combined and light-weight and fluffy.

  • Add oil and beat to mix.

  • Stir in pumpkin.

  • Add eggs separately, stirring effectively after every addition.

  • Stir in milk and vanilla extract. Scrape down the perimeters and backside of the bowl to make sure substances are evenly mixed.

  • In a separate, medium-sized bowl, whisk collectively dry substances (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon).

  • Regularly add dry substances to moist, stirring till fully mixed (you’ll want to scrape down the perimeters and backside of the bowl). I want to do that with a spatula to keep away from over-mixing the batter.

  • Divide batter evenly into ready cake pans and bake on 350F (175C) for 40-45 minutes, or till facilities spring again to the contact and a toothpick inserted within the heart comes out with few moist crumbs or clear.

  • Permit desserts to chill for 10 minutes after which invert onto cooling rack and permit to chill fully earlier than frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting**

  • In a big bowl, mix butter, cream cheese, vanilla extract and salt and beat till easy, creamy, and well-combined.

  • Regularly add powdered sugar to combination till well-combined, easy, and light-weight.

  • As soon as desserts have cooled, ice/assemble desserts by first leveling the desserts (I linked th the leveler I used within the “gear” part above), generously icing between layers, making use of a good layer on the highest of the cake, after which making use of a scant, semi-naked layer across the exterior of the cake.


Pumpkin observe

That is barely a couple of 15oz can of pumpkin puree. Just remember to purchase “100% pumpkin” and never “pumpkin pie filling”

Baking in several sized pans:

Baking instances will range in several pans, however the next are finest estimates. Please at all times control your cake and use the toothpick check (a toothpick inserted within the heart of the cake ought to come out clear or with a couple of moist crumbs) to check if a cake is finished.
13×9 pan: Begin checking cake at 35 minutes. If utilizing a glass pan, the cake will take longer to bake. 
9″ pans: 35-40 minutes.
You may additionally bake this cake in three 8″ or 9″ pans, the baking time can be decreased, anticipate roughly 28-35 minutes.
Bundt pan: Readers have reported this cake baking in roughly 45 minutes in a bundt pan.
Cupcakes: Please see my pumpkin cupcake recipe, as an alternative.


Retailer in an hermetic container at room temperature for a number of hours or lined within the fridge for as much as 5 days.


Serving: 1slice | Energy: 697kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 7g | Fats: 42g | Saturated Fats: 20g | Trans Fats: 1g | Ldl cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 612mg | Potassium: 246mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 7446IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 2mg

Dietary info is predicated on third-party calculations and ought to be thought-about an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will range primarily based upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking technique, portion sizes, and extra.

Word: I initially shared this recipe in 2017. I’ve added new pictures and a video and have up to date the textual content, however the recipe stays the identical!


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