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Three-Ingredient Pumpkin Cake

When the flavors of fall are calling to you, you don’t have to wait for that famous pumpkin spice latte season to officially arrive.

This easy recipe for three-ingredient pumpkin cake is truly all you need. It’s a simple recipe that guarantees a delicious cake is in your future.

A Family Favorite

A slice of pumpkin cake with frosting.

And it’s highly likely you’ve got everything you need in your kitchen to start baking it right now.

Surprise the family with the delicious flavors of pumpkin and spice, a perfect crumb texture, and fantastic frosting to tie it all together.

Make it every day of fall or any time of year when you need that pumpkin dessert fix!

Pumpkin cake in a large pan. There's a slice of pumpkin cake on a small white plate.

Delicious Pumpkin Cake: The Easiest Way to Satisfy Pumpkin Spice Cravings

Don’t get me wrong…I adore a good pumpkin spice latte (those famous psl). That aroma just brings out those warm and fuzzy feelings inside of me, and I can’t help but smile in delight knowing that the holidays are right around the corner.

That means time with family, sharing the love, laughs, and food.

But you can’t chew a pumpkin spice latte, now can you? That is exactly my point!

You can get those same delicious flavors in this simple dump cake-type recipe.

It comes out perfect every time and is ideal for anyone, whether you’re new to baking or you’ve simply got too much on your plate to do it all from scratch. 

Made with a box of cake mix and a couple of other things, you’ll soon have a pumpkin spice latte in the form of a cake, a glorious fall-flavored delight that absolutely no one can resist!

A slice of pumpkin cake with frosting on a white plate. There's a fork on the plate.

Ingredients For Three-Ingredient Pumpkin Cake

  • Box of spice cake mix
  • Eggs
  • Can of pumpkin puree

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

Tools Needed For The Cake

  • Electric Mixer
  • Mixing bowl
  • 9 x 13-inch baking dish
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Oven
Pumpkin dump cake with frosting in a cake pan.

How To Make Pumpkin Cake

  1. Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Add the cake mix, eggs, and pumpkin puree to a large mixing bowl and mix well.
  3. Spread the cake in the pan, and bake for 25-30 minutes.
  4. Allow the cake to cool and frost.
Ingredients for pumpkin cake.

Step-By-Step Instructions

spice cake mix in a bowl.

Start by adding the spice cake mix to a large mixing bowl.

Cake mix and eggs in a bowl.

Next, add the eggs to the bowl.

Cake mix, pumpkin, and eggs in a mixing bowl.

Add the pumpkin puree to the bowl.

Mixed spice cake with eggs and pumpkin in a glass bowl. There's a hand mixer in the bowl.

Mix the ingredients with an electric mixer until combined.

Spreading the cake mix into the casserole baking dish.

Spread the pumpkin cake into the greased baking dish. The cake will be very thick, and it will bake pretty much exactly like you spread it.

Baked pumpkin cake in a metal pan.

Bake the cake for about 25-30 minutes. The cake will be done when a toothpick or cake tester comes out clean.

Pumpkin dump cake with frosting in a cake pan. There's a slice of pumpkin cake on a white plate. There's a fork on the plate.

Once the cake cools, you can frost it with your favorite frosting.

An Easy Pumpkin Cake Recipe You Can Count On!

You really can buy happiness…if you buy these three ingredients! Pumpkin flavor is always a great flavor.

The spiced cake mix works best with the pumpkin, though you could try it with yellow cake mix or chocolate cake mix.

Pumpkin puree adds the perfect balance to turn the boxed ingredients into a splendidly textured cake that everyone will think you made from scratch.

Pumpkin dump cake on a white plate. There's a bite taken out of the piece.

Cream cheese frosting goes on top of the cake and brings the whole thing together.

You could also add chocolate chips if you wanted to, especially if you’re going for that chocolate cake mix box…then you’ll have a chocolate pumpkin cake that will be every bit as heavenly in flavor as it sounds. 

You can also use your muffin tins rather than cake pans. Turning these into pumpkin cupcakes will make serving a breeze, especially when you’re having a party. 

More Delicious Pumpkin Recipes

  • Pumpkin Spice Banana Muffins from An Affair From The Heart are the perfect pumpkin muffins to make during the fall season (who are we kidding? We love them all year).
  • Pumpkin bread with maple cream icing is easy to make and full of flavor.
  • Pumpkin pound cake with cream cheese is a wonderfully delicious treat and the perfect way to bring in the fall season.

Three-Ingredient Pumpkin Cake Recipe

This 3-ingredient pumpkin dump cake has warm fall flavors that everyone will love, and it’s just so simple to make.

If you miss those aromatic tastes of fall, stop waiting and scroll down for the printable recipe card to make it right now!

Pumpkin dump cake on a white plate. There's a bite taken out of the piece.

Three-Ingredient Pumpkin Cake

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

Three-ingredient pumpkin cake is one of the easiest desserts to make. It's full of fall flavor and a treat anytime.

Ingredients

  • 15.25 ounce box of spice cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 15 ounce can of pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  2. Combine cake mix, eggs, and pumpkin puree in a large mixing bowl and mix until combined.
  3. Spread the cake batter into the cake pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  4. Allow the cake to cool and top with frosting.

Notes

The recipe creates a very thick batter.

I used a container of frosting from the grocery store.

You can store the cake in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Optional: Add some parchment paper on top of the nonstick cooking spray in the baking dish to help lift the cake out more easily.

Do NOT follow the directions on the cake mix box. Use only the ingredients and directions I have provided.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 34Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Heidi

Friday 27th of October 2023

Do you think this recipe would work as a cake roll? I think the eggs will help but wondering what you think.

Julie Pollitt

Friday 27th of October 2023

Hi Heidi,

I am not sure. It might work, but I haven't tried it. Here's my recipes for a pumpkin cake roll. https://www.backtomysouthernroots.com/pumpkin-roll-recipe/

Hope that helps!

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