This Pumpkin Cake is easy to make and tastes so delicious! It’s perfectly spiced and it’s just the right dessert for Fall! 

While you are looking at pumpkin desserts, be sure to try this Instant Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake and these Pumpkin Whoopie Pies

This Pumpkin Cake is easy to make and tastes so delicious! It’s perfectly spiced and it's just the right dessert for Fall! 

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Pumpkin Cake

This is one of our favorite Fall desserts. I find myself making it for Sunday dinners, celebrations, and even potlucks! My kids love helping me decorate the top with either candied pecans or candy corn, YUM! Each bite of this cake taste like Fall. There’s something so comforting about creamy pumpkin and spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.

Digging into the best pumpkin cake recipe!


More Pumpkin Recipes:

This time of the year everything pumpkin in my JAM! Here are some of my favorite pumpkin recipes:

  1. Pumpkin Pancakes
  2. Pumpkin Chili
  3. Mom’s Pumpkin Bread
  4. Baked Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip
  5. 4-Ingredient Pumpkin Blossom Cookies
  6. Pumpkin Honey Muffins
  7. Pumpkin Churro Waffles with Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting
  8. Pumpkin Parfait Breakfast Popsicles
  9. Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
  10. Pumpkin Cupcakes
  11. Honey Kissed Pumpkin Cake
  12. Pumpkin Blossom Cake
  13. Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Browned Butter Cinnamon Icing
  14. Creamy Pumpkin Pasta with Sausage and Sage

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Cook’s Note – Pumpkin Spice Cake: 

  • This recipe calls for pumpkin pie spice. I like making my own pumpkin pie spice because it’s SO much cheaper than buying it in the grocery store and I use it a TON throughout the Fall.
  • Try making my candied pecans recipe as a garnish for this cake. They take only 10 minutes, you can easily whip up a batch while the pumpkin cake cools!
  • Leftover cake will keep, covered in the refrigerator, for up to 5 days. 
  • This recipe will make a 2-layer cake. Just divide the batter among 2 9-inch round cake pans and bake for about 22-26 minutes. You’ll need to double the cream cheese frosting recipe to cover the cake. 
  • This recipe will also make 2 dozen cupcakes. Just divide the batter among 2 muffin tins and bake for about 15-20 minutes. 

Best Pumpkin Spice Cake

Cook’s Tools – Pumpkin Cake Recipe:

A metal 9x13 baking dish with lid   Small to large metal mixing bowls     A metal wire whisk available to purchase    A handheld mixer available for purchase     A wire rack with a link to purchase on Amazon  

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This Pumpkin Cake is easy to make and tastes so delicious! It’s perfectly spiced and it's just the right dessert for Fall! 

A slice of pumpkin cake on a plate
5 from 8 votes

Easy Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Author Jillian - a Food, Folks and Fun original!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
12 people
This Pumpkin Cake is easy to make and tastes so delicious! It’s perfectly spiced and it's just the right dessert for Fall!





  • Candied pecans



  • Move the oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9x13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat together the eggs, oil, and sugar with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 4-5 minutes. Add in the pumpkin puree and beat on the lowest setting until combined.
    Pumpkin Cake Recipe Step 2
  • With the mixer off, add the flour mixture and then beat on the lowest setting until combined, about 1 minute.
    Pumpkin Cake Recipe Step 3
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth it into an even layer.
    Pumpkin Cake Recipe Step 4
  • Bake, rotating the pan 180 degrees halfway through baking, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 30-35 minutes. Move the cake to a wire rack to cool completely, about 60-90 minutes.
    Pumpkin Cake Recipe Step 5


  • In a large bowl add the cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar and beat on low until combined. Then, increase the mixer to medium-high speed and beat until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Pour in the vanilla and mix until just combined.
    Pumpkin Cake Recipe Step 6
  • Turn the cooled cake out onto a serving platter. Spread the cream cheese frosting evenly over the cake.
    Pumpkin Cake Recipe Step 7
  • Sprinkle candied pecans over the frosting, slice and serve.
    Pumpkin Cake Recipe Step 8


You can use either store-bought candied pecans for the garnish, or you can use my candied pecans recipe to make your own! 


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 348kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 320mg | Potassium: 115mg | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1.4mg

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  1. Wilhelmina Wessel says:

    This cake is everything I want in a Fall dessert!

  2. Aimee Shugarman says:

    I love pumpkin cake, this one is a keeper!!!

    1. Woot, woot! SO glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  3. Lauren Vavala | DeliciousLittleBites says:

    This cake looks so perfect and I love that cream cheese icing! This would be a great Thanksgiving dessert!

  4. Love that this is a quick and easy cake recipe perfect for fall! Looks so delicious!

  5. Krissy Allori says:

    This recipe is just in time for the Fall season!

  6. I have some roasted pumpkin puree and would like to make this. Can I use gluten free flour?

    1. I’ve never tested this recipe using gluten-free flour, sorry. If you try this recipe with GF flour let me know how it turns out!

  7. Yum! This looks so moist and tasty! and perfect for fall!

  8. This Pumpkin Cake looks so moist and would be a great addition to my morning coffee.

  9. YUM! The best pumpkin cake there is 🙂