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The Best Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin spice cake is a seasonal classic that you can enjoy all year round.

It’s light, moist and full of flavor thanks to the inclusion some special warm spices like cinnamon along with pumpkin puree.

In addition, top with cream cheese frosting for an extra punch! Plus, it is one of the easiest cakes to make.

The Best Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Picture of cake on a plate.

I think I am going to have to get stock in canned pumpkin. We have gone through quite a few cans of pumpkin for our yearly baking. We can’t get enough of the stuff.

The minute my kids come through the door and smell the pumpkin, they head straight for the kitchen. 

Pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting was such an easy homemade cake recipe to fix, and it was even easier to devour.

The cake is moist and eating the cream cheese frosting is like sending your taste buds to heaven.

It reminds me of the sweet cream cheese frosting that my grandmother used to put on her angel food cakes. This frosting can go with just about any cake out there. 

What Do I Need To Make The Pumpkin Spice Cake?

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions listed at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Wet Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • Salt

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:

  • Softened cream cheese
  • Softened butter
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Milk, if needed

How To Make Pumpkin Spice Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350-degrees.
  2. Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch baking dish.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and combine.
  4. Next, add the eggs, pumpkin puree, and olive oil and mix with an electric mixer.
  5. Pour the cake batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
  6. Allow the cake to cool.

To mix the cake, you can use a large bowl with a hand mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer.

After mixing the ingredients (in the recipe below), the cake cooked up so perfectly. I inserted a small cake tester to make sure it was cooked all the way through. 

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

  1. Add the cream cheese and butter to a medium bowl and mix until creamy.
  2. Next, add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract and mix until well blended. Add milk, starting with a small teaspoon, if needed.
  3. Spread on top of the cake.

You can easily get by with a knife, but the cake tester just makes it a little less obvious that you checked to make sure it was done. 

The frosting was by far my favorite thing to make, simply because the kids were at school and I had the beaters all to myself. Oh yeah. All mine. 

Layer Cake Option

If you’d like to make a layer cake out of this you can use two 8-inch round cake pans.

Simply spread frosting in the middle, place the second cake on top, and frost the entire cake.


After the cake cooled, I spread the frosting on top and knew the kids would be thrilled when they got home. I ate a piece, and it was pretty filling.

The moist cake makes a great dessert to take to a potluck at church or a fall party.

The recipe is a big hit, your friends will love it, and beg for the recipe. 


Feast your eyes on this gorgeous pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting.

How To Store The Homemade Pumpkin Cake

The cake can be stored in an airtight container. You can use some plastic wrap or aluminum foil to cover it.

Because of the cream cheese in the frosting, it needs to be refrigerated.

More Delicious Cakes

Pumpkin Desserts

So go ahead and get ready for the best season of all with this pumpkin spice cake. It’s made from scratch, but it doesn’t have to take you a lot of time or effort to whip up!

This recipe is so easy that even if you’re not a baker, you can give it a try.

The cream cheese frosting gives this dessert an extra rich flavor while also making it less sweet than traditional cakes. And what better way to kick off fall than by indulging in one our favorite seasonal spices?

If your mouth isn’t watering yet, we don’t know what’s wrong!

Get the recipe now.

Pumpkin spice cake recipe is easy and quick to make and has a delicious cream cheese frosting.

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 24 pieces
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting is one of the easiest cakes to make. The cake is moist, light, and full of flavor. The cake is perfect for the fall and winter season with pumpkin, pumpkin spices and a rich cream cheese frosting. 


Pumpkin Spice Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 15 ounce can of pumpkin
  • 1 cup olive oil

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounce pkg. softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


Pumpkin Spice Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.
  2. Add the flour, sugar, spices, salt, baking powder, and baking soda into a large bowl, and blend well.
  3. Next, add the eggs, canned pumpkin, and olive oil, and blend well.
  4. Pour the batter into a greased cake pan (I used a 13" x 9" casserole dish).
  5. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.
  6. Set aside to cool.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Add cream cheese and butter to the mixer mix until creamy.
  2. Next, add 1 cup of powdered sugar to the mixer and blend well. Continue adding the remaining sugar until well blended.
  3. Add the vanilla and blend. (If the frosting is a little clumpy, add 1 tsp. of milk, or more if needed).
  4. Spread on the cake.


Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 322Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 263mgCarbohydrates: 41gFiber: 1gSugar: 31gProtein: 3g

Nutrition is approximate.

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This is an easy recipe for a pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting. It's moist, and decadent. You will be the hit of the party. It's a cake that is a great addition to all of your pumpkin recipes this fall.


Thursday 17th of November 2022

Looks amazing! How much salt for the cake batter?

Julie Pollitt

Friday 18th of November 2022

Sorry about that! It's 1/2 teaspoon. I fixed it.


Monday 25th of September 2017

Looks delicious! What size is the tin of pumpkin?

Julie Pollitt

Monday 25th of September 2017

Hi Marie! I should update that with the exact amount. It's a 15 oz. can. Thanks for stopping by!

Joanne @ No Plate Like Home

Monday 25th of September 2017

Looks moist and delicious! I love pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting. Yum.

Julie Pollitt

Monday 25th of September 2017

Hi Joanne! It's a delicious treat for sure! Thanks for stopping by!

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