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Pumpkin Layer Cake Recipe

Pumpkin Layer Cake Recipe

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Prep Time 45 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 25 mins
Course Dessert
Servings 12 servings
Calories 720 kcal

what you'll need


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 cup brown sugar firmly packed
  • 15 oz can pumpkin purée
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups oil
  • 5 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 cup nuts chopped, optional


  • 12 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar sifted
  • 3 tsp pure vanilla extract

let's do it

  • To make the cakes, preheat oven to 350 degrees and cut parchment paper to fit the bottom of two 9" round cake pans. Spray the bottom and sides of the pans with non-stick spray. Place parchment cutouts in the bottom of each pan then spray the pans again.
  • Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and ginger into a medium-sized bowl. In a separate mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment mix brown sugar, pumpkin, vanilla, oil and eggs until completely combined and sugar is dissolved.
  • Add dry ingredients in 3 stages, fully incorporating each addition before adding the next—if you want to add nuts, now’s the time! Divide the batter evenly between the two pans and bake 35–40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. (The center should be firm and spring back when you touch it.)
  • Cool cakes on a cooling rack approximately 5 minutes then invert onto the rack and remove the pans and parchment paper. Allow the cakes to cool completely.
  • To make the frosting, place cream cheese and butter in a bowl and beat until smooth, creamy and completely incorporated.
  • Scrape the sides of the bowl and add powdered sugar and vanilla, mixing gently until the sugar has been absorbed. Increase the speed to high then beat until the frosting is light and fluffy.
  • Place one of the cooled cakes right side up on a serving dish and add ½–¾ cup of frosting to the center. Spread the icing evenly over the top of the cake then place the other cake upside down on top of the icing to create the top layer. Remove any crumbs from the plate and use the remaining icing to frost the top and sides of the cake. Slice and enjoy!

One Last Thing

Placing the top layer of the cake upside down will ensure a flat surface for the top of the cake. If you don’t mind a domed look for the top of your cake…just place it right side up.


Calories: 720kcalCarbohydrates: 81gProtein: 9gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 673mgPotassium: 283mgFiber: 2gSugar: 55g
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