Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Moist Pumpkin Spiced Cake with a Sweet Cream Cheese Frosting. The best Fall pumpkin layered cake recipe!
Oh how I love pumpkin season. If you've been following along on Modern Honey, you know I live in Arizona so we don't get to experience much Fall weather. But I dream of it. This is the time of year that I get the travel bug and I just crave experiencing some resemblance of Fall. So while I wait for my next travel fix, I make the most wonderful layered pumpkin cake with creamy sweet cream cheese frosting.
It's Fall, so we need to squeeze in as many pumpkin recipes as possible into a few months so I am embracing the challenge. The beauty of this Pumpkin Cake is that it is ridiculously moist. The homemade cream cheese frosting seeps into the layers and keeps it perfectly moist for days. It is amazing that even three days later, the cake is still tender and moist.
To make the best pumpkin spice cake, there are some key components. I have experimented with both oil and butter and found that by using oil, you create the moistest cake. Leave the butter for the frosting!
This recipe calls for an entire 15-ounce can of pure pumpkin puree. Now this is straight pumpkin. Don't go reaching for a can of pumpkin with all sorts of spices and fillers added. We want all-natural pumpkin puree in this cake. Also, you've got to add some pumpkin spice to this cake. Pumpkin spice is usually a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves and brings so much warmth and depth of flavor to this cake.
An interesting little tidbit is that homemade cake recipes don't dome in the center like cake mix recipes, making them so much easier to stack, layer, frost, and work with.
The sweet Cream Cheese Frosting is made with sweet cream butter, cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla. It is super simple but pairs perfectly with the pumpkin cake.
How to make the Best Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting:
- Start by mixing the oil and sugar together and cream them for at least 3-4 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and mix for 1 minute longer. This allows the sugar to incorporate into the oil and become smooth.
- Add the pumpkin puree. Make sure it is completely pure pumpkin puree --no fillers added!
- Fold in the dry ingredients. You don't want to overmix the cake batter which will create too much gluten and will result in a tough cake. We want a tender pumpkin cake!
- Pour into greased cake pans. I always use LIGHT COLORED cake pans. Dark colored cake pans attract too much heat and can burn the cakes on the outer edges before the center is completely baked. Also, make sure to spray the pans with non-stick cooking spray.
- To make the frosting, make sure the butter and cream cheese are at room temperature to allow it to fully cream together.
Here are some of my favorite baking tools:
USA 8-inch light-colored cake pans (these are hands down my favorite cake pans)
Libbey Acacia Cake Plate with Glass Dome
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The perfect fall cake! It has just the right amount of spice and cream cheese frosting! Amazing!!
I made this cake today for thanksgiving and the cake and frosting were so good. My mom begged me not to make this because she said she’s hated every pumpkin desert she ever tried, but I made it anyway lol. But when she tried the cake she loved it so much, it was the first time she ever liked a pumpkin desert. Also since I didn’t have pumpkin spice I just substituted it with 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg, and it still came out great!
How Much Flour? I Like Cream Cake With Cheese Frosting.
Amazing look and Wonderful Recipe
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Wow, the very delicious cupcake is and looking good. It can give a surprise for any occasion And thank you for sharing
Wow, the very delicious cupcake is and looking good. And thank you for sharing
Wow, the very delicious cupcake is and looking good
We made this cake for Thanksgiving! It was very moist and delicious!
How should I change the ingredients and bake time to make this for 3 6-inch cake layers? Thanks!
How much flour? Sifted?
I made your pumpkin cake recipe and added chocolate chips! Everyone loved it!!
If I wanted to use 3- 9 inch cake pans how would I convert the recipe?
People fight for this cake at my house! this is a wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing.
I made this recipe for a birthday and now have another request to make it again! So yummy and moist.
I made this cake on the occasion of my brother's birthday. It came out delicious. Thanks for sharing
I made this cake and it was the best, super yummy and moist.