Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Moist delicious cake with smooth cream cheese frosting to match! That’s what you get with this pumpkin cake recipe. It’s the ideal cake to make for the entire month of October, but the possibility of a craving for this cake could exist at any time of the year.

Following is the recipe for both the pumpkin cake and the cream cheese frosting. This pumpkin cake recipe also makes use of the pumpkin pie spice recipe and the fall nuts recipe that were explained in our posts earlier this month.

Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe

Ingredients for Pumpkin Cake

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 can pumpkin (15 oz)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons homemade pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Instructions for Pumpkin Cake Recipe

    1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
    2. Combine the eggs, sugar, oil, applesauce and pumpkin until light and fluffy on medium speed with a mixer.
    3. Combine all the remaining dry ingredients and then add them to the wet mixture on low until combined.
    4. Spread the mixture into a 9 x 12 greased pan.
    5. Bake for 30 minutes.

    Pumpkin Spice Buttercream Frosting Recipe

    Ingredients for Pumpkin Spiced Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 package Cream Cheese (8 oz)
  • 4 Tablespoon Butter
  • 2 Tablespoon Sour Cream
  • 2 Cups Confectioners’ Sugar
  • 1 &1/2 Tablespoon homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

  • Fall nuts for decoration

  • Instructions for Pumpkin Spiced Buttercream Frosting Recipe

    1. Cream the butter with the cream cheese and sour cream in a mixer until light and fluffy.
    2. Add the Confectioners’ sugar and the spice mix slowly on low speed until mixed. If thinner frosting is desired, add a teaspoon of milk or cream.
    3. Once the cake has cooled, spread the frosting on top.
    4. Decorate each square with a fall nut (recipe here).
    Pumpkin Spice Cake

    Store this moist cake in the refrigerator due to the cream cheese frosting and enjoy it cold or at room temperature.
    This frosted pumpkin cake will keep well for about 5 days if kept tightly covered in the fridge.

    Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe

    Additional Information

    For both safety and quality purposes, don’t use a halloween pumpkin for the pumpkin ingredient.

    To make homemade pumpkin pie spice, see our post from earlier this month on how to make pumpkin pie spice.

    For more information on the shelf life of spices see our spice menu page.

    For a handy chart showing ways to substitute pumpkin into your other recipes, see the handy chart from Libby.

    To find out how long other foods are good for, please visit the Dairy, Drinks, Fruits, Grains, Proteins, Vegetables and Other sections of Eat By Date or use the search function below.

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