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Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin makes muffins delicate and tender with a glowing orange color in a approach nothing else can! This Pumpkin Cake is completely spiced and comes with a tangy cream cheese frosting. The one factor that would make it higher? Maple syrup. So I added it!

Close up photo of Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin cake

It is a pumpkin cake recipe for individuals who need:

  • an simple, foolproof recipe (simply wait till you see how easy it’s!);

  • a cake with wonderful pumpkinness* that’s not overwhelmed by way of extreme store-bought spice mixes;

  • a crumb that’s springy, delicate and moist, quite than tight/dense or ethereal/delicate (like angel cake);

  • an enormous cake to feed a number of folks with out the deft required to chop tall layer muffins into 16 tiny slivers; and

  • a cake with besides frosting-to-cake ratio. Particularly, a cream cheese maple frosting. A dreamy mixture with pumpkin!

So if all that sounds good to you, learn on!

* I’m not positive that’s a phrase however it appears becoming right here.

Side cut shot of Pumpkin Cake
Proof of fantastic frosting-to-cake ratio. No person needs a cake wanting frosting!

Components in Pumpkin Cake

Right here’s what you want to make this cake.

Pumpkin puree choices

I take advantage of recent as a result of it tastes higher and takes 8 seconds to puree. Plus, canned pumpkin isn’t available right here in Australia. 🙂 However canned works completely superb!

Pumpkin Cake ingredients

Canned pumpkin is a handy choice if you will get it and it really works completely for this cake. However when you use pureed recent pumpkin, you’ll be rewarded with a greater tasting cake! It’s only a plain undeniable fact that freshly cooked pumpkin tastes higher than one thing that’s been sitting in a can for months / years. Sure, we made and in contrast them facet by facet. 🙂

Use what works for you!

To make your individual pumpkin puree, simply boil chunks of pumpkin for 10 minutes or till very tender. Then blitz – it actually takes 8 seconds.

How to make pumpkin cake

Pumpkin cake batter

Listed below are the opposite ingredient you want for the batter:

Pumpkin Cake ingredients
  • Flour – Plain / all-purpose flour. Self elevating flour (additionally referred to as self-rising flour) will work however it received’t rise as a lot. I haven’t tried this cake with gluten-free flour.

  • Oil – Any impartial flavoured oil like canola and vegetable oil. Utilizing oil as an alternative of butter retains this cake moist. Why? As a result of butter companies up at room temperature whereas oil doesn’t. So muffins made with oil are extra moist. Nonetheless, the trade-off is that butter tastes higher than oil. On this cake, we’ve bought different flavours at play right here – the pumpkin and cinnamon. So I don’t miss the butter!

  • Baking powder – That is what makes the cake rise. As a facet be aware, the unique model of this cake used a mixture of baking soda and baking powder. Nonetheless, over time, I’ve discovered that utilizing solely baking powder offers the cake a softer crumb. Plus, we lower out one substances. 🙂

  • Cinnamon – Flavour! Traditional mixture with pumpkin.

  • Sugar – Common white sugar, or caster sugar / superfine sugar.

  • Massive eggs at room temperature, which implies eggs which can be 55-60g/2oz every bought in cartons labelled “giant eggs”. They should be at room temperature, not fridge chilly, in order that they mix into the substances higher. Extra data on the proper eggs for baking right here!

  • Salt – Only a contact, to deliver out the opposite flavours on this cake. Normal baking apply lately. 🙂

Cream cheese frosting

There is no such thing as a higher frosting for pumpkin cake! Right here’s what you want:

Pumpkin Cake ingredients
  • Cream cheese – use BLOCK, not the spreadable cream cheese in tubs (too delicate). In the event you can solely get the spreadable cream cheese, add further icing sugar to appropriate the consistency.

  • Softened unsalted butter – softened however not tremendous delicate / borderline melting.

  • Icing sugar aka powdered sugar – 🇦🇺 Australia, use delicate icing sugar, NOT pure icing sugar (which is used for issues like royal icing ie units onerous).

  • Vanilla extract – For flavour.

  • Maple syrup – UGH, forgot to place it within the picture! That is for drizzling on high. I needed to place it in the frosting however it made the frosting too free.

The way to make Pumpkin Cake


How to make pumpkin cake
  1. Whisk moist – Whisk the eggs, oil, sugar and pumpkin puree.

  2. Add dry – Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt then whisk till mixed. Batter. Achieved!

How to make pumpkin cake
  1. Bake in a 23 x 33 / 13 x 9″ lined pan (or thereabouts) at 180°C/350°F (160°C fan-forced) for 40 minutes or till a skewer comes out clear. See the video for my simple approach to line the pan!

  2. Frosting – Whereas the cake is cooling, make the frosting! Simply beat the cream cheese and butter for a minute on excessive till creamy. Then add the icing sugar (powdered sugar) in 3 batches, beginning the beater on low to keep away from a snowstorm. As soon as it’s integrated, crank the beater as much as excessive and beat for two to three minutes till the frosting is fluffy!

How to make pumpkin cake
  1. Slather the frosting on the cooled cake, and use the again of a spoon to make swirly dents for maple syrup to pool in.

  2. Drizzle with maple syrup, as a lot as you need / dare, then sprinkle liberally with roughly chopped pecans.

And now it’s time to dig in!

Overhead photo of Pumpkin Cake
Eating Pumpkin Cake

Making this cake may be one of the best resolution you make in October. It’s completely straight ahead. Your kitchen will scent superb. It’s sufficiently big to share with these you deem worthy.

And that second whenever you take the primary chew of that delicate cake loaded with lovely pumpkin flavour, mingling with that tangy cream cheese frosting combined with rivers of maple syrup and the littering of sentimental pecans….

I problem you to cease at one piece. (Even when you lower your self a really, very large one). – Nagi x

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Contemporary or canned pumpkin? I’m within the recent camp!

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Close up photo of Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Servings12 – 20

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Recipe video above. Lovely moist pumpkin cake with maple cream cheese frosting! An easy, very forgiving recipe. Nothing offers muffins color, texture and flavour like pumpkin!


Different cake batter substances


  • Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F (160°C fan-forced). Spray and line a big pan round 9 x 13″ / 22 x 33cm with baking paper with overhang. (Word 6)

  • Batter – In a big bowl, whisk collectively the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin. Add remaining substances and blend effectively.

  • Bake – Pour batter into ready pan. Bake for 40 minutes or till a toothpick comes out clear.

  • Cool for 10 minutes earlier than turning out onto cooling rack to chill fully (~ 2 hours) earlier than frosting.

  • Frosting – Unfold frosting on then use the again of a spoon to make swirly dents. Drizzle over maple syrup, concentrating on the dents to create maple syrup swimming pools! Sprinkle with pecans. Then serve.


  • Cream butter – Place the cream cheese and butter in a bowl. Beat for two minutes till easy and fluffy.

  • Add the icing sugar in 3 batches, beginning the beater on low after every addition to keep away from a snowstorm. As soon as integrated, flip the beater as much as excessive and beat for 3 minutes or till the frosting is gentle and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Use frosting instantly.

Recipe Notes:

1. Utilizing pureed recent pumpkin makes a cake with higher pumpkin flavour. Use 800g – 1kg / 1.6 – 2 lb pumpkin. Peel, take away seeds, lower into giant chunks. Put in boiling water and prepare dinner for 10 minutes or till very delicate. Drain, depart in colander set over the new pot on the turned off range to steam dry and absolutely cool (round half-hour). Then blitz to puree (I take advantage of a stick blender) and measure out 1 2/3 cups (400g) and use per recipe.
Canned pumpkin is a well-liked canned vegetable product in America. You’ll be able to typically discover it within the worldwide part of shops that carry American items. It’s truly superb – it’s simply pure pureed pumpkin.Whereas I’d by no means use some canned vegetable merchandise, I’ll fortunately use canned pumpkin.
2. Sugar – This may be lower right down to 1 1/4 cups when you’d prefer it barely much less candy.
3. Salt – I do know this seems like lots however it actually brings out the pumpkin flavour on this cake. You’ll want to use cooking / kosher salt (coarse salt within the UK). In the event you solely have desk salt then scale back to 1/2 teaspoon.
4. Cream cheese – In the event you can solely discover the spreadable tub kind which is softer, you’ll seemingly want so as to add extra icing sugar.
5. Icing sugar – Australia, you should definitely use delicate icing sugar not pure icing sugar (which units onerous).
6. Cake form – This cake is so moist and intensely versatile. Make it as a spherical cake, bundt cake, loaf pan, muffins (25 min).
7. Recipe supply – A unbelievable recipe acquired again in 2016 from a daily reader, the fantastic Dorothy from Tennessee!
8. Storage – This cake will keep recent for five days within the fridge. Deliver to room temp earlier than serving.
Diet assuming 16 servings, together with frosting.

Diet Data:

Serving: 116gEnergy: 431cal (22%)Carbohydrates: 52.3g (17%)Protein: 3.4g (7%)Fats: 24.3g (37%)Saturated Fats: 10.2g (64%)Ldl cholesterol: 67mg (22%)Sodium: 348mg (15%)Potassium: 108mg (3%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 41g (46%)Vitamin A: 3750IU (75%)Vitamin C: 0.8mg (1%)Calcium: 30mg (3%)Iron: 1.3mg (7%)

Initially revealed in November 2016. Recipe barely improved (I now solely use baking powder as I discover it makes the cake rise extra evenly), recipe writing improved (I’ve come a good distance in 7 years!), glowing new images and a model new video with me IN it!

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Right now – visiting a area people backyard only a few minutes from residence referred to as Joyful Hens. What a rare oasis! 100% volunteer run in a stupendous location by the water, crammed with an abundance of herbs and greens. Everyone seems to be welcome – so locals, drop by to see it and say g’day! May even see you there. 🙂 ~ Nagi & Dozer xx

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a) Merciless
b) Cute
c) Humorous
d) All the above




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