Pumpkin Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

Iced pumpkin cake
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This two layer pumpkin cake is topped off perfectly with a fluffy cream cheese frosting and chopped pecans. The cake is spiced with a combination of ginger and cinnamon. 

This moist, delicious cake would make a fabulous dessert for your Thanksgiving menu, or bake it for a fall event or Halloween party. Make the cake ahead of time and freeze the layers. See the tips below the recipe.

This is one of my favorite pumpkin cakes. For a Bundt cake, take a look at my pumpkin pound cake with a maple glaze. Or, if you prefer a one layer cake, this pumpkin sheet cake with brown butter cream cheese frosting is a great choice.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, 9 ounces
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree or cooked mashed pumpkin (canned is fine)
  • Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 pound confectioners' sugar, about 3 3/4 cups before sifting
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

How to Make It

Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. Heat the oven to 350° F (180° C/Gas 4).

  1. Combine sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl; mix until smooth and well blended.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl and then stir to blend. Add the dry ingredients to the eggs and oil mixture and beat until well blended. Add the pumpkin puree and blend well.
  3. Pour the batter into two greased and floured 9-inch round layer cake pans.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes. 
  5. Cool in the pans on racks for about 10 minutes and then turn out onto racks to cool.
  6. Frost the pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting (directions below) and sprinkle with the chopped pecans.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Sift the confectioners' sugar into a bowl.
  2. In a mixing bowl with an electric mixer beat the 1/4 cup of butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy.  
  3. Add the sifted confectioners' sugar and 2 teaspoons of vanilla; beat until smooth. 

Makes enough for the 2-layer pumpkin cake.

Make-Ahead Tip

Bake the cake and cool the layers on the rack. Move the cooled cake layers to a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze the layers until solid and then wrap in plastic wrap and foil. Freeze for up to 2 to 3 months. 

Remove the cake from the freezer, unwrap it, and then thaw, frost, and serve.