This moist pumpkin cake recipe is fluffy and delicious.
With simple ingredients like pumpkin spice and pumpkin puree, this cake is easy to make and full of cozy warm fall flavor!
We love to top it with cream cheese frosting.
Moist and Fluffy Pumpkin Cake
- Just a few pantry basics and a can of pumpkin puree are all you need!
- Easy to make in just one bowl. No need for a fancy mixer; just stir & bake!
- Pumpkin cake is a perfect snack cake, or transform it into a fancy Bundt cake or grab-and-go cupcakes!
- Much like banana bread, it can be made in advance and becomes even moister as it rests.
Ingredients for Pumpkin Cake
- Cake – The base for the cake is made with all-purpose flour. Baking powder & baking soda help it rise.
- Pumpkin – You can use canned pumpkin puree or homemade. This recipe uses pumpkin puree, which is just pumpkin, don’t use canned pumpkin pie filling.
- Pumpkin Pie Spice – Use a purchased blend or make homemade pumpkin spice with a simple blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and ground cloves.
- Eggs – Eggs should be at room temperature.
- Oil – Oil adds moisture.
Variations – Add some toasted nuts like pecans or walnuts to the batter or sprinkle them over the top of the frosted cake, if desired. A handful of mini chocolate, butterscotch, or toffee chips offer a festive touch as well!
How to Make Pumpkin Cake
- In a large bowl, whisk the dry ingredients together until combined.
- Gently stir in the remaining wet ingredients, being careful not to overmix the batter.
- Pour mixture into a prepared pan and bake as per the recipe below.
Cool before frosting with cream cheese frosting.
- Set the eggs out for about 30 minutes or run under hot tap water for a few minutes before using.
- Line the pan with parchment paper for easy removal of the cake.
- Avoid overmixing the batter; otherwise, your cake will be dense and heavy.
Cream Cheese Frosting
This is the only frosting recipe you’ll ever need for any variety of cakes, cupcakes, or even dipping cookies! Whether for carrot cake or this pumpkin spice cake, it’s the perfect finishing touch. Best of all, it’s only three ingredients and a few easy steps, and it can be frozen for future desserts!
Storing Pumpkin Cake
Keep leftover pumpkin cake in a covered container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Freeze portions by wrapping them in plastic wrap and storing them in a zippered bag in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight or pop one or two into a backpack or briefcase and they’ll be thawed just in time for a mid-morning snack!
Did you make this Pumpkin Cake? Leave a rating and a comment below!
- 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs room temperature
- 1 ⅓ cups pumpkin puree
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 ½ to 1 ¾ cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
- Add in the eggs, pumpkin, and oil and stir just until combined.
- Pour the batter into an ungreased 9×9 baking pan.
- Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely and frost with cream cheese frosting.
For the Frosting
- Combine cream cheese and butter with a hand mixer until fluffy. Add salt & vanilla.
- Add powdered sugar a bit at a time, beating after each addition. Beat on medium speed until fluffy. Do not overmix.
- Spread the frosting over the cooled cake.
- Eggs should be at room temperature, if needed, place them in a bowl of hot tap water for 3 to 4 minutes.
- Avoid overmixing the batter so the cake stays nice and fluffy.
- Keep leftover pumpkin cake at room temperature in a zippered bag or airtight container for up to 5 days. Freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw slices at room temperature.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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