Pumpkin Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin cake cream cheese frosting

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Total: 55 mins
Servings: 12 to 16 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
523 Calories
28g Fat
67g Carbs
5g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12 to 16
Amount per serving
Calories 523
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 35%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 481mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 67g 24%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 5g
Calcium 81mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This two-layer pumpkin cake is topped off perfectly with a fluffy cream cheese frosting and chopped pecans. The cake is spiced with a combination of ginger and cinnamon. 

This moist, delicious cake would make a fabulous dessert for your Thanksgiving menu or bake it for a fall event or Halloween party. Make the cake ahead of time and freeze the layers—just see the tips below the recipe.

If you prefer a Bundt cake, take a look at this pumpkin pound cake with a maple glaze. Or, if you prefer a one layer cake, this pumpkin sheet cake with brown butter cream cheese frosting is a great choice.


  • For the Cake:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups (9 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree (or cooked mashed pumpkin, canned is fine)
  • For the Frosting:
  • 1 pound (about 3 3/4 cups before sifting) powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter (room temperature)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pecans (chopped)

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this cake is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Make the Cake

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for cake
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  2. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. Heat the oven to 350 F / 180 C / Gas 4.

    Grease pan
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  3. Combine the sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl; mix until smooth and well blended.

    Combine sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs
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  4. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl and then stir to blend.

    Combine dry ingredients in a bowl
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  5. Add the dry ingredients to the eggs and oil mixture and beat until well blended. Add the pumpkin puree and blend well.

    Add dry ingredients
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  6. Pour the batter into two greased and floured 9-inch round layer cake pans.

    Batter in pan
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  7. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. 

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  8. Cool in the pans on racks for about 10 minutes and then turn out onto racks to cool.

    Cool on racks
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Make the Frosting

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Sift the confectioners' sugar into a bowl.

    Sift confectioner's sugar
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  3. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy.  

    Beat butter and cream cheese
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  4. Add the sifted confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. 

    Add sifted confectioner's sugar
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  5. Frost the pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with the chopped pecans.

    Frost cake
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  • To make ahead, bake the cake and cool the layers on the rack. Move the cooled cake layers to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze the layers until solid and then wrap in plastic wrap and foil. Freeze for up to 2 to 3 months. 

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