Pumpkin Spice Cake
This Pumpkin Spice Cake is a simple treat from scratch, filled with cozy fall flavors. It’s soft, moist and topped with an easy cream cheese frosting. This homemade recipe will make you fall in love with pumpkin all over again!
What Makes This Pumpkin Spice Cake So Great?
I’m kind of obsessed with pumpkin. I mean, this granola? These muffins? Or how about those scones? Since fall is basically everything pumpkin (and apples) to me, once it rolls around I take full advantage of it.
Every week, I seem to buy more cans of pumpkin than I can count. My pantry is overflowing with pumpkin, my Pinterest board is full of fall treats just begging to be baked, and my mind is in overdrive trying to think of the perfect Thanksgiving dessert to make.
One that involves pumpkin, of course! And even as the fall slowly winds down and I start testing Christmas recipes (yay!), I can’t resist sneakin’ in just a few more pumpkin goodies for you.
Now let’s talk about this cake, shall we?
Pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting: a classic dessert, filled with pumpkin flavor both inside and out. Besides pumpkin pie, I always look forward to a homemade pumpkin cake for dessert on Thanksgiving. The moist center and creamy frosting makes me come back for a second (and third) slice!
But since I didn’t want to wait until Thanksgiving to satisfy my sweet tooth, I decided to make my own. And guys? This Pumpkin Spice Cake is amazing. Like, so incredibly delicious that you must run home and make this right now.
And the pumpkin frosting on top? Incredible! In fact, you might have a hard time not eating this straight from the bowl. I know I did!
Ingredients for Pumpkin Spice Cake
The moist pumpkin cake itself has just the right amount of spices, and combined with pumpkin, it’s pure bliss. It bakes up soft, moist, and so full of flavor. The pumpkin and cream cheese make a smooth and delectable topping, which is absolutely perfect for this cake.
Plus, it’s really simple to make — mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients, combine and bake! Top it with the frosting and you’re done!
Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy pumpkin cake recipe:
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder and baking soda
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Pumpkin puree
- Light brown sugar
- Vegetable oil
- Plain Greek yogurt
- Cream cheese
- Powdered sugar
How to Make Pumpkin Spice Cake
This Pumpkin Spice Cake is not only insanely good, but it’s also so easy to make! You knew that was coming, right? The hardest part is waiting for the cake to cool so that you can frost it with this indulgent, pumpkin cream cheese frosting. But trust me, guys, it’s worth the wait!
- Preheat the oven to 350 degree F. Lightly spray an 8×8-inch square pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, brown sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, and yogurt.
- Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture, sitting until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
- Bake until the cake is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
- As the cake is cooling, prepare the pumpkin frosting.
- Refrigerate until ready to use or frost cake once cool. Enjoy!
If you’re looking to make some other than pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, why not try out this Pumpkin Spice Cake? I guarantee it will be a dessert winner!
Recipe Variations to Try
- If you like a little crunch in your desserts, try adding chopped nuts! You can mix about half a cup in with the batter or sprinkle about 1/4 of a cup on top of the frosting.
- Substitute half of the flour for whole wheat flour to give this cake a boost of fiber!
- Make this cake festive by decorating it with candy pumpkins for Thanksgiving or marshmallow ghosts for Halloween!
How to Store Pumpkin Spice Cake
Because the pumpkin frosting contains cream cheese, you’ll need to store this easy pumpkin cake in the fridge. It’ll last up to four days in an airtight container.
Tips for Making Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- When buying the pumpkin, be sure to get canned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie mix! Otherwise your cake will be very sweet!
- Be sure not to over stir the batter! If you over stir it, you can create bubbles which will leave a series of pockets in your cake.
- If you don’t have cooking spray, drizzle a small amount of oil into the baking dish and spread it around with your fingers or a paper towel. Be sure to use an oil that doesn’t have a distinct flavor – canola, vegetable, or avocado oil would be good options.
Looking for more pumpkin spice desserts? i’ve got you covered!
- Pumpkin Spice Monkey Bread Muffins
- No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifle
- Pumpkin Nutella Muffins
- Pumpkin Creme Brulee
- Pumpkin Cobbler
- All of my pumpkin recipes!
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Pumpkin Spice Cake
For the cake:
- 1½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup pure pumpkin puree
- ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
For the frosting:
- 8 ounces cream cheese, , softened (1 package)
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons pure pumpkin puree
- ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray an 8x8-inch square pan with cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin, brown sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, and yogurt. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture, stirring just until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
- Bake for 22-25 minutes or until cake is golden brown and toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
- As cake is cooling, prepare frosting. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar with a mixer until smooth. Beat in pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice until combined.
- Refrigerate until ready to use or frost cake once cool.
You are killing it with pumpkin recipes this past month and half, girl!! Which please don’t think I’m complaining. If anything, I’m ecstatic. It gives me more of a reason to be in the kitchen & not to mention puts a smile on my husbands face. Win Win!
Thanks, Jessie! I’m glad you approve! 🙂 Pumpkin anything is a winner, right?!
I cannot believe how many great pumpkin recipes you crank out girl! This cake though looks so spongy and delicious! This would be awesome for our Friendsgiving.
Thanks, Bri! I just love pumpkin, what can I say? 🙂
Looks so perfect, Gayle! I love how you incorporated the pumpkin into your frosting. Heck, I love that there IS frosting! I’m glad your pantry is overflowing with pumpkin. It’s that time!
Thanks, Mir! I’m loving the pumpkin frosting too…my new favorite!
You’re obsessed with pumpkin? I never would have guessed 😉
I am loving the sound of this frosting, I kind of want to mix it in to some porridge or something, is that weird?
Thanks, Dannii! I think this frosting would be a great sweet touch to oatmeal!
Oh my gosh, Gayle! My mouth is literally watering over here! That pumpkin sheet cakes looks absolutely deeelicious – it looks so moist and perfectly soft! And your pumpkin granola is one of my fave’s! Pinned 🙂 Hope you are off to a great start to your week!
This cake is so delicious, Ceara…I think you would love it! It’s so moist and full of pumpkin flavors. Thanks so much for the kind words and pin! Have a great Monday!
You? Obsessed with pumpkin? No? Ha ha. This cream cheese frosting needs to happen right now! YUM!
Ha ha I know, right?! 🙂 This frosting is definitely worth eating with just a spoon!
this looks de-lish Gayle! … I really love that you put pumpkin spice in the frosting not only does it add flavor but it looks super pretty too, you can see the little specs in it 😉 YUM pinned!
Thanks for the pumpkin love and pin, Michele! I just had to pile on a little extra pumpkin the frosting, makes the cake even more delicious!
You cannot go wrong with cream cheese frosting! Especially cream cheese pumpkin frosting. I keep a lot of pumpkin in the good old pantry too, you never know when you will need it. And I know if I buy a dessert like this in the grocery store, they put lots of fake, phony ingredients in it, so I’d much prefer making yours! Keep the pumpkin recipes coming!! =)
Cream cheese frosting is my absolute favorite, Laura! So much better than buttercreams and the likes, at least in my opinion. And I love baking with pumpkin year round, so I guess it’s good that my pantry is always stocked. Thanks so much for the kind words!
Gayle, you make the BEST pumpkin desserts ever! I wish I could be as creative as you are in that department! 😉 This cake looks nothing short of amazing and I am totally wishing I could just have a spoon for that pumpkin frosting. 😀
Thanks, Sarah! It just so much fun to come up with the pumpkin desserts! And the frosting is definitely spoon-worthy!
This frosting is killing me!! I am still in love with pumpkin recipes, so keep it coming!! 🙂
Thanks, Renee! This is definitely a wonderfully rich and pumpkin-y frosting!
Gayle, just keep the pumpkin recipes coming! I’ve been pinning all of them because, like you, I have stocked up on pumpkin and will eat it year-round. I love the bright colors of this cake and how you included pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice in both the cake and frosting:) You really are living up to your blog name!
Thanks so much for the kind words, Heather! Pumpkin is definitely great to eat year round. And I’m so glad that you like the pumpkin flavors in the frosting and the cake! I was going to make a maple frosting at first, but just had to go with pumpkin instead!
Gayle, I am so obsessed with pumpkin right now too .. and oh my gawd, this CAKE!! LOVE the pumpkin cream cheese frosting!! This might need to happen in my kitchen today so I can taste this. . looks amazing!
I’m glad I’m not the only one obsessed with pumpkin, Alice! 🙂 Thanks so much for the compliments! I hope yo love this cake if you try it!
Mmmm I’m in love. I can legit see how awesome that frosting tastes just from looking at your photos!!
Pumpkin cream cheese frosting on anything would be divine…but a double dose of pumpkin…I say, yes!! This cake looks perfect!
Double the pumpkin can never be a bad thing, right?! 🙂 Thanks, Annie!
This pumpkin cake is gorgeous and looks delicious Gayle!! LOVE the frosting!!
Thanks so much, Jessica! The frosting is my favorite, too!
I love your pumpkin recipes Gayle! This is definitely a must try! Pinned! The cake looks moist and thick and the frosting is just perfect!
Thanks so much for the pumpkin love and pin, Mira! This cake definitely has just the right amount of pumpkin flavors!
Um, I’m obsessed with pumpkin too! I’m so sad the season will be over soon. *crying* But this cake? Fabulous!
Thanks, Dorothy! I can’t believe that pumpkin season is just about over, either! But luckily, I bake pumpkin goodies year round, so I don’t feel too bad about it! 🙂
It looks decadent Gayle. Love the pumpkin in the frosting. This will be a nice addition to our Thanksgiving feast. Thank you.
Thanks, Kathy! I’m planning on making this for Thanksgiving, too. I hope you love this if you try it!
Excellent, my family loves pumpkin spice cake, and we nver thought of adding pumpkin to the cream cheese frosting.
I think you would love this pumpkin cream cheese frosting, Heather! It goes so perfectly with this cake!
Your description of this cake sounds AMAZING! Fall flavors completely have my heart (Especially cinnamon…. swooon), but for some reason I don’t think I’ve had any pumpkin so far this season! WHAT GIVES! I need to make this asap!
Gorgeous photos as well :). Pinned!
I’m a huge cinnamon lover too, Christine! Yes, you need to run and make this pumpkin cake before it’s all peppermint and gingerbread cookies! 🙂 Thanks so much for the kind words and pin!
The cake looks just perfect Gayle, soft..moist and full of pumpkin flavor! I love all your pumpkin recipes so keep them coming! Pinned.
Thanks so much, Malani! I’ve so glad you like my pumpkin recipes. And thanks for the pin, too!
Another amazing pumpkin recipe! Looks delicious and easy to make Gayle! Thanks for sharing it with us! 🙂
I am in charge of bringing a few desserts this Thanksgiving! I am going to have to make this cake one of them! Thanksgiving seems to be all about pies, but cakes need some love too!
I love pumpkin pie, but sometimes it’s nice to have a cake instead! This dessert definitely fits the bill, Natalie! I hope you like this cake if you try it!
This pumpkin cake with pumpkin frosting is pumpkin happiness at it’s full limit! The cake looks so moist.. and the frosting… well I could (and will) eat it with a spoon! YUM!
I’ve eaten more of this frosting with a spoon than I care to admit, Pamela! 🙂 Thanks for the cake love!
I love all the pumpkin recipes you have been sharing! I can have pumpkin all year round 🙂 This cakes looks so moist and incredible! And that pumpkin cream cheese frosting? Swoon! I could eat that up with a spoon – pinning!
Thanks for the pumpkin love and pin, Kelly! Pumpkin year round is definitely acceptable!
Gayle, this cake looks so moist and pumpkin-y, and I love all the spices! That pumpkin cream cheese frosting sounds like the best way to top it off, too. Delicious!
Thanks so much, Marcie! This frosting is so delicious, and addicting, too!
Oooh this looks so tasty! I’ve never made a cake with pumpkin in it before but i can imagine it is delicious!
Thanks, Lilli! If you love pumpkin, then you will probably love this cake!
This spice cake looks unbelievable! Wow!
Keep on sneakin’ in the pumpkin stuff! I’m still planning to sneak some more in too before I go full-blown Christmas! 🙂 This cake looks fabulous! I love that you included pumpkin in the actual frosting too! I’d never considered that!!
Me too, Sarah! I’m ready for Christmas but not quite ready to break out the peppermint and gingerbread flavors! 🙂 Thanks for the pumpkin love!
Wow, Gayle, I could go for one big huge slice of this delicious looking cake…or just gimme the frosting and a spoon 😉 Looks delicious!
Thanks, Denise! The frosting is definitely worth a spoon!
I am OBSESSED with pumpkin too! this looks amazing!
Love the look/texture of your frosting! I’m about to go to bed, but now all I can think about is pumpkin spice cake and frosting!! thanks Gayle….. hahaha jk jk!
This frosting is crazy good, Nicole! It pairs so well with this cake. And hey, I dream about how amazing this stuff is, too! 🙂
Gayle this is utterly picture perfect! And hehe – I’ve known you were obsessed with pumpkin ever since I first read the name of your blog, the clue was in there somewhere! 😉 This looks amazing though, so so perfect for this time of year! I could never get sick of pumpkin. Pinning!
Thanks so much for the kind words and pin, Tash! I usually only post pumpkin recipes in the fall, but maybe I should sneak in a few for the rest of the year!
I’m still not tired of pumpkin desserts and love that this one is loaded! mmm….perfection for fall.
Have an awesome day Gayle!
Thanks so much, Melanie!
That cake looks fab! Totally fitting for your blog name too! 😀 I would love a slice of that with nice hot pumpkin spice latte 🙂
This cake would be perfect with a pumpkin spice latte! Thanks, June!
Loving all these pumpkin recipes! I especially like this one since it’s in the cake and the frosting! Double pumpkin yum!
Double the pumpkin-y goodness, right?! 🙂 Thanks, Leah!
You? Obsessed with pumpkin? Author of Pumpkin N Spice? Couldn’t be!
But this cake looks perfect! Love how soft, moist and fluffy it is!!! And that frosting! Eat it with a spoon good!
Ha ha thanks, Lindsey!
Oh yes! I love the addition of the pumpkin in the frosting! Sounds amazing!
Thank you, Annie!
Wow, Gayle, this looks just perfect! I love that not only the cake is pumpkin but the frosting too! I can’t resist cream cheese frosting anything!
Thanks so much, Kristine! I’m a sucker for cream cheese frosting, too!
That frosting looks SO perfect! And the cake looks so fluffy and delicious! Pinned!
Thanks so much for the pumpkin love and pin, Christina!
Pumpkin frosting on top of pumpkin cake?! That’s awesome. That frosting looks so creamy and perfect, I love this! Glad you’re not done with pumpkin yet, I want to make everything pumpkin that you post! 🙂
Thanks for the kind words, Stacey! I’m definitely loving all of the pumpkin goodies, too! 🙂
Pumpkin cream cheese frosting??? Um I will definitely take a slice of this! Looks fantastic!
I couldn’t agree more! I can’t get enough of pumpkin in the fall! And these look amazing!! 🙂
Thank you, Chelsea!
Yummy!! I love that you put a little pumpkin in the frosting, too– gives it such great color!! I want a slice!!
I am in love with this cake! You seriously have some talent when it comes to pumpkin.
Thanks so much for the kind words, Jen!