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Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe

Recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

This Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe is simple and easy to make. You will use a boxed cake mix, pumpkin puree, and fluffy homemade cream cheese frosting. It's an easy fall dessert that is perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and more!

Slice of pumpkin cake topped with cream cheese frosting and chopped walnuts on a white plate with white casserole dish behind it with the rest of the cake.

This pumpkin and spice cake is moist and full of pumpkin spice in every bite. It only takes 10 minutes to put this cake together (after baking times). This a scrumptious cake that goes perfectly with the homemade tangy cream cheese frosting.

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This Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe is simple and easy to make. You will use a boxed cake mix, pumpkin puree, and fluffy homemade cream cheese frosting. It's an easy fall dessert that is perfect for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and more! This pumpkin and spice cake is moist and full of pumpkin spice in every bite. It only takes 10 minutes to put this cake together (after baking times). This a scrumptious cake that goes perfectly with the homemade tangy cream cheese frosting.

This Pumpkin Spice Cake is a delicious treat that has all the yummy flavours that you love about pumpkin desserts from the hint of cinnamon to the pumpkin spice, the moist cake and topped with a decadent cream cheese frosting and chopped walnuts.

ingredients for pumpkin cake and cream cheese frosting

If you're hankering for some yummy fall flavours and want to start with a decadent treat then this recipe for pumpkin spice cake is for you!

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pumpkin cake ingredients in mixing bowl on the left, being mixed on the right

Equipment Needed

pumpkin cake batter in mixing bowl on the left and in a white 9x13 baking dish on the right.

Ingredients needed

  • Duncan Hines Spice Cake
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Eggs
  • Pumpkin spice
  • Powdered sugar
  • Cream cheese
  • Butter
  • Vanilla
  • Walnuts

cream cheese frosting ingredients in a white mixing bowl on the left and the ingredients mixed on the right.

No one will have any idea this spice cake recipe is made from a box.

How Do I Store The Leftovers?

You need to cover the baking dish with aluminium foil or saran wrap. It can be stored at room temperature for up to two days. The cake can be stored in the fridge for 3-5 days, that's if it's not all eaten up by then. Ours has never lasted more than three days before it was all gone.

cream cheese frosting in a white bowl on the left. On the right baking dish with the baked cake and some cream cheese frosting being spread on the cake with a spatula.

How Else Can I Make This Spice Cake?

You can also make this recipe as cupcakes, two round cakes, and as a bundt cake. Just make sure to follow the cooking times on the back of the box.

on the left cake covered with cream cheese frosting, on the right same but sprinkled cinnamon on top.

Why You’ll Love This Pumpkin Cake Recipe

  • This recipe takes just 10 minutes to put together.
  • The pumpkin spice in this cake steals the show and is perfect for the fall.
  • This is a great dessert for Thanksgiving and Halloween.

cake topped with walnuts in white baking dish

  • The homemade cream cheese frosting is fluffy and so sweet, which compliments the spice cake so well.
  • This cake is prepared with just one bowl and is so great for easy cleanup.
  • This single-layer cake is super easy to make with the cake mix from Duncan Hines.

close up of bottom left corner of cake in the white baking dish

More About this Pumpkin Cake

  • Simple: It's a single-layer cake which makes it easy to prepare and you don't have to "assemble" anything. You don't have to have any mad frosting skills, just a spatula and the cream cheese frosting and spread it all over that delicious cake. You’ll love having this recipe in your holiday dessert arsenal. No one needs to know how easy it was to make it. They'll just know it was so yummy.

slice of the cake with walnuts on white plate. landscape.

  • Flavour: It's packed full of yummy flavour. You may start out with a box cake mix but with everything else you add to the mix the final result is a delicious dessert that your tastebuds will thank you for treating them to it.

A bite of the cake on a fork with walnuts

Should we get to this recipe now? If you try it let us know how you liked it and any variations you may have made that you loved or hated. And if you want something a bit richer, check out our pumpkin cheesecake brownies!

Yield: 12

Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe

Slice of pumpkin cake topped with cream cheese frosting and chopped walnuts on a white plate with white casserole dish behind it with the rest of the cake.

This pumpkin and spice cake is moist and full of pumpkin spice in
every bite. It only takes 10 minutes to put this cake together (after baking times). This a scrumptious cake that goes perfectly with the homemade tangy cream cheese frosting.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ stick butter, softened
  • 15.25 ounce Duncan Hines Spice Cake
  • 15-ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 teaspoon pumpkin spice

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 ° F.

Grease a 9x13 baking dish with the stick of butter before it is softened. Set the baking dish aside.

In a large mixing bowl add the spice cake mix, pumpkin puree, eggs, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon.

Mix with a spoon until fully combined. Do not use a mixer as it will cause the cake to not be light and airy.

Transfer the cake mix to the prepared baking dish.

Bake for 25-28 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Place the cake on a cooling rack for 60 minutes or until cool.

You can clean the large mixing bowl and use it for the frosting. To the clean bowl add the powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter, and vanilla. With a hand mixer or stand mixer you want to mix for 6-8 minutes. Mixing for this length of time will result in a fluffy and light frosting.

Once the cake is completely cooled transfer the frosting to the cake. With a spatula evenly spread the frosting over the cake. Once frosted sprinkle the top with the walnuts and pumpkin spice.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 322Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 119mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 32gProtein: 4g

Please note that we can not guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information. They are a best guess calculation.

By on August 2nd, 2023

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I’m Michelle aka Powered by Mom. I’m married with one daughter, my hubby was my high school sweetheart, our two dogs Nyx and Cleo and our cat Oliver. As you can see we’re a family of animal lovers. We love to travel when we can, try different food and activities all over the world and enjoy being together. My passions are writing, travelling, creating new recipes, encouraging people to adopt not shop and just to enjoy life while we can.

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1 thought on “Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe”

  1. Absolutely delicious. I like this recipe much better than the 2-ingredient pumpkin cake mix recipe because those come out incredibly bland and dense.

    I added vanilla, black pepper, and extra cinnamon (didn’t have pumpkin pie spice) to my batter to my own tastes, and I did use a hand-mixer because I didn’t see in the directions not to, but the cake was still soft and fluffy. I added the pepper because my absolute favorite pumpkin pie recipe calls for it. You don’t taste it, but it really knocks flavor up a notch.

    If any of you want to make these as cupcakes, the cakes will stick really badly to the liners, so you may want to skip the liners and just spray/butter the muffin tin.

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