Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Cake is a layered dessert that is seasonal and a nice alternative to pumpkin pie. Paired with coffee or hot tea, this cake is also a great pick-me-up on a gloomy fall or winter day.

Pumpkin CakeI said I’d hold off until October before I posted anything pumpkin (which is not say I haven’t already made anything pumpkin as there were some pumpkin cinnamon rolls that went to work one Saturday), and since it’s now October, I give you Pumpkin Cake.

I actually tried making this cake about a year ago. My intention had been to cut the recipe in half, and make it from scratch.

It was a complete disaster. I wasted a lot of butter trying to get the base right, and after the second attempt flopped, I gave up.

Over the summer, I’d been given samples of some new products from the Immaculate Baking Company, one of which included a yellow cake mix. Which was exactly what I needed for this recipe!

Pumpkin CakeI feel alright about using this boxed mix, because the ingredients are all natural. There’s nothing funny or unpronounceable on the box.

And I don’t have to monkey around with wasting more butter and flour trying to get this right!

Pumpkin CakeIt’s kind of a slightly different take on pumpkin pie, I suppose. Absolutely delicious with a cup of coffee or tea, especially on a chilly autumn afternoon.

I have to admit, the crumb topping is my favorite thing about this. I could eat nothing but that!

Pumpkin CakeSo delicious. I gave a piece to a friend who proclaimed, “This tastes like Fall.”

Yes, indeed.

Yield: 12-16

Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes


For the Cake:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix, divided (I used this one from Immaculate Baking)
  • 3/4 stick of butter, melted
  • 4 large eggs, divided
  • 2 15-oz. cans pumpkin (approximately 4 cups)
  • 1 C packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 13-oz. can sweetened, condensed milk
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla

Crumb Topping:

  • 1/2 C packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 stick of butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 C chopped nuts

Whipped topping:

  • 1 C heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp, brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish and set aside.
  2. Set aside 1 cup of the boxed cake mix for the crumb topping. Mix the remaining cake mix with the melted butter and 1 egg until crumbly. Press into the bottom of the baking dish.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the pumpkin, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, 3 eggs, pumpkin pie spice, sweetened, condensed milk, and vanilla. Beat on medium-low speed for 2-3 minutes, until well-combined. Pour over the top of the cake mix crust.
  4. Mix together the 1 C of reserved cake mix, brown sugar, softened butter, cinnamon and nuts. Sprinkle over the cake batter.
  5. Bake for 1 hour or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack until the cake reaches room temperature, then refrigerate until ready to serve.
  6. To make the topping, whip the heavy cream in the chilled bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment until thickened and soft peaks form. Add in the vanilla, brown sugar, and the cinnamon, and whip again until combined. Dollop or pipe on top of individual slices.

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6 Replies to “Pumpkin Cake”

  1. Mmmm that looks like one good cake! Agreed that the crumb topping = the best part. No shame in that. Especially when it’s slathered with whipped cream :)

  2. You are not the only one chomping at the bit to Unleash the Pumpkin. Nearly everything in my reader this morning starts with the word “pumpkin.” So awesome! A lady I know once insisted she made the best brownies because they were totally from scratch. Except they tasted like chocolate hockey pucks. Sometimes you need to inspect the nutrition label and surrender to the box mix. I would weigh a million pounds if I worked with you :-)

    • Yeah, I figured Oct. 1st was going to be All.Things.Pumpkin! Eww. Hockey puck brownies = No good. I wonder sometimes if my coworkers inwardly groan whenever I bring treats in. :)

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