Easy Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cream cheese frosting is my weakness. I don’t even need cake to put it on. Just pass a spoon.

But the cake isn’t too shabby. It’s soft, springy, and brimming with pumpkin flavor.

It’s a fast, easy, one-bowl, no mixer cake recipe that everyone loves. I used oil rather than butter which keeps the cake extra moist and since pumpkin naturally makes everything moister, there’s no chance of a dry cake here.

The thick layer of tangy cream cheese frosting complements the warming spices in the cake perfectly. My family said the cake reminded them of carrot cake, minus the carrots, thanks to the spices and frosting.

The cake is irresistible and sinking your teeth into it is pure comfort and bliss.

For a vegan version check out Soft Vegan Pumpkin Cake with Pumpkin Spice Buttercream Frosting and for a chocolate version try Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache. The Related Recipes below include some of my favorite pumpkin desserts.

Easy Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

The cake is soft, springy, and brimming with pumpkin flavor. It’s a fast, easy, one-bowl, no mixer cake recipe that everyone loves. I used oil rather than butter which keeps the cake extra moist and since pumpkin naturally makes everything moister, there’s no chance of a dry cake here. The thick layer of tangy cream cheese frosting complements the warming spices in the cake perfectly. The cake is irresistible and sinking your teeth into it is pure comfort and bliss.

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Ingredients:

Cake

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (use the remainder in these recipes)
  • 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Frosting

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened (lite okay)
  • 1/4 cup (half of 1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Directions:

  1. Cake – Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8-inch pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. To a large bowl, add the eggs, sugar, pumpkin, oil, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and stir until just combined, don’t overmix. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes (I baked 36 minutes) or until center is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, no batter. Set cake aside on a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting it so the frosting doesn’t melt.
  4. Frosting – To a large bowl (or to the bowl of a stand mixer) add the cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, salt, and whisk until smooth and fluffy or beat with an electric mixer (or use the paddle attachment of a stand mixer). Turn frosting out onto cake and spread into a smooth, even, flat layer using a spatula or knife (If you have a small amount leftover, it will keep airtight in the fridge for at least 2 weeks). Slice and serve. Cake will keep airtight at room temp for up to 4 days or in the fridge for up to 1 week. I’m comfortable storing cream cheese frosting at room temp, but if you’re not store in the fridge noting cake will be more prone to drying out in the fridge.
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