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Easy Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Thanks to help from a box of yellow cake mix, this Easy Pumpkin Cake recipe with cinnamon cream cheese frosting comes together in about 10 minutes!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin cake, pumpkin cake recipe, pumpkin cake with cake mix
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Servings 24 slices
Calories 223.7kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 1 (15.25 ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) box vanilla instant pudding mix (the 4-serving box)
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • ½ cup oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 (16 ounce) can cream cheese frosting


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Beat cake mix, dry pudding mix, pumpkin, oil, water, eggs, 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed just until moistened, scraping the side of the bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes, or until well blended.
  • Pour batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack.
  • Stir remaining ½ teaspoon of cinnamon into the cream cheese frosting. Spread frosting evenly over cooled cake.


  • How long will pumpkin cake last? The cake stays fresh on the counter at room temperature for about 2 days. To extend the life of the cake, cover it and keep it in the refrigerator. The cake will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • Can pumpkin cake be frozen? This is a great dessert to make in advance! I recommend freezing the baked cake before adding the frosting. Wrapped tightly, the cake will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy, allow the cake to thaw on the counter overnight. Frost with the cream cheese frosting, slice and serve!
  • Prefer a spicy pumpkin cake recipe? Use a box of spice cake mix instead of yellow cake mix. It will add some extra "zip" to your spiced pumpkin cake!
  • Can't find cream cheese frosting at the store? Substitute with a can of vanilla frosting.
  • Is pumpkin cake healthy? This is a dessert -- so I definitely wouldn't call it health food! That said, since the single-layer cake only includes a thin layer of frosting, it's relatively low in calories compared to other similar desserts. A small square of the pumpkin cake has just 223 calories!
This recipe came from my friend Jackie, who originally adapted it from a recipe published by McCormick spices.


Serving: 1slice | Calories: 223.7kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.1g | Protein: 1.6g | Fat: 10.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4.6g | Cholesterol: 23.3mg | Sodium: 228.2mg | Potassium: 47.7mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 23.7g