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Pumpkin Cake

Make this festive pumpkin cake to celebrate the arrival of fall. This pumpkin cake recipe is a cinch to put together using boxed cake mix as the base. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple dessert, cream cheese frosting, fall dessert, pumpkin, pumpkin cake
Author: Kasey Schwartz


  • Cake
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • cup vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • cup sour cream
  • 1 can 15 oz pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • Frosting
  • 2 packages 8 oz each cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup butter softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar


  • Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom only of 9x13 pan with baking spray with flour.
  • In large bowl, beat cake ingredients with electric mixer on low speed until moistened, then on high speed 2 minutes.
  • Add batter to pan and spread evenly. Bake 24 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool completely on a wire rack for about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until smooth.
  • Spread thin layer of frosting on side of cake. Spread remaining frosting on side and top of cake. Store covered in refrigerator