Pumpkin Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Looking for the best pumpkin cake recipe? This pumpkin layer cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting is easy to make and it tastes amazing. One bite and this is your new favorite pumpkin cake recipe.

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Slice of pumpkin cake recipe sitting on a white plate on green plaid napkin

Pumpkin Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

This time of year is all about pumpkin. If you love pumpkin and have a weakness for cake, you have to try this pumpkin cake recipe. Topped with cream cheese icing, it brings you all of the best flavors of fall into every single bite.  This is perfect to serve with a nice pumpkin spice latte or a hot cup of coffee.

Can I freeze the pumpkin layer cake with icing?

I love it when I can freeze a cake. This pumpkin layer cake is no exception. Whenever I make a cake, I like to make a second batch, or if I know that we will not be able to finish the whole cake before it spoils, I freeze it.

Since I like to have the icing already on the cake, the best way to freeze it is to cut the cake into slices before freezing. Then place the cake on a plate or on a baking sheet and put it in the freezer. Once the cake is frozen, then you can wrap it with plastic wrap or put it in a freezer bag. When you are ready to thaw the cake, you will want to remove the plastic wrap or freezer bag before it has a chance to thaw.

Tips for icing a cake

When icing this easy pumpkin cake, you want to make sure the cake is completely cooled before you frost it. If not the icing will melt. When you are icing the cake, you want to use an angled spatula. This makes it easier to smooth the icing.  As you add the icing to each layer, smooth the frosting out, and let it smooth out over the edges. This makes it easier to frost the sides later.

Ingredients for cream cheese icing

  • cream cheese
  • butter
  • powder sugar
  • pure vanilla extract
  • ground cinnamon


(full amounts in recipe box below)

  • butter
  • sugar
  • pure vanilla extract
  • canola
  • eggs
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • kosher salt
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground nutmeg
  • ground cloves
  • pumpkin puree

How to make pumpkin cake recipe

Gather and measure all ingredients before you begin preparing your cake.  You will also want to preheat the oven, and ready your baking pans with non-stick spray.

Using a stand mixer is my preferred way to mix up this recipe, but you can use a hand mixer if that is all you have on hand.  You will start by preparing your butter and sugar mixture to blend with the rest of the wet ingredients.

Sift your dry ingredients together separately, then combine with the wet ingredients before you pour into baking pans and bake as directed.  While the cake bakes, you will follow directions to prepare your cream cheese frosting.

Let everything cool completely before you frost with the cream cheese icing to serve.

Single slice of pumpkin cake recipe with cream cheese icing on a white plate

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5 from 1 vote

Pumpkin Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting

Looking for the best pumpkin cake recipe? This pumpkin layer cake with cream icing is easy to make and it tastes amazing. One bite and this is your new favorite pumpkin cake recipe.

Servings: 8
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Decorating: 30 mins


  • 3/4 C unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/2 C sugar
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 3/4 C pumpkin puree

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • 2 8 oz packages of cream cheese softened
  • 1 C unsalted butter softnened
  • 12 C powder sugar
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 piping bag with a star tip


Pumpkin Cake Layer Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray cake pan with pam baking spray
  • Using a standing mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  • Mix in the pumpkin puree, vanilla and canola oil until combined
  • Mix in the eggs one at a time, making sure to scrape down the sides after each mix
  • Using a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, ground cinnamon , ground nutmeg, ground cloves
  • Whisk until combined
  • Gradually add in the dry ingredients until combined
  • Evenly divide the batter between the three cake pans
  • Bake in the oven for 25 - 30 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean
  • Allow to cool completely before using the cake leveler and removing the domes.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese frosting directions :

  • Using a standing mixer, cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth and combined
  • Gradually mix in the powder sugar
  • Mix in the cinnamon and vanilla extract until icing is smooth and stiff with peaks

Building the cake

  • Place the first layer of cake onto the the cake board
  • Scoop 1 C of frosting onto the cake layer and smooth evenly
  • Place the second layer on top of the first layer of frosting
  • Scoop another cup of frosting on top of the second cake layer
  • Place the last layer of cake on top of the second layer of frosting
  • Scoop 1 C of frosting into the piping bag and set aside
  • Using the remaining frosting, frost entire cake
  • Using the frosting in the piping bag, pipe dollops of frosting on the top of the cake
  • Cut into slices and enjoy!


  • 3 9inch round cake pans
  • 1 10inch round cake board
  • 1 cake leveler
  • 1 angled spatula
  • 1 piping bag with a star tip


Calories: 1421kcal | Carbohydrates: 225g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 33g | Cholesterol: 207mg | Sodium: 460mg | Potassium: 326mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 217g | Vitamin A: 10147IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 1mg


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2 comments on “Pumpkin Cake Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. 5 stars
    WOW, this cake is absolutely delicious! I can’t believe how moist it is. It was easy and fun to make. I cut the cream cheese cinnamon frosting recipe in half and it was just right for me. This is a keeper for sure. I was happy (and proud) to share it with my brother and our neighbor. This cake is a win-win!!

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