Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

By Katie, 5:51 am

I know that just a few months ago I said I was no good at baking, but that certainly hasn’t stopped me from trying! I’ve actually been donning my apron quite a bit lately (which is a must when I bake because I make a total MESS :oops: ).

Last week I decided to really stretch myself…and make a cake. For the first time ever!

And let me tell you, this Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Icing was pretty rockin’.

After one bite I promised never to doubt my baking skills again! Watch out, world, I’ve got an oven and a wooden spoon and I know how to use ‘em! 8-)

Of course, it helped that the recipe came from the infallible Mama Pea; I knew if the cake didn’t turn out right that the problem was with me and not the recipe. But my pumpkin cake came out perfectly…super moist and flavorful!

Icing the cake was easy because I… 1) let the cake cool completely first, and 2) popped the icing in the fridge for a half hour or so before frosting. It wasn’t the prettiest (making things look pretty was never my forte), but it was certainly delicious!

Mama Pea called these bars instead of a cake, but I don’t really know what the difference is except for how big of slices you cut. Maybe bars are more dense? Regardless, I’m calling it a cake!

Yoda Hamilton pulled up a seat at the table and politely requested demanded a piece.

Hungry kitty, I am.

Of course, how can I blame him when this was staring him in the face…

I’m not certain, but it’s possible Dave let him try a bite while they were having their nightly cuddle-session. ;-)

If you look up “cute” in the dictionary, this is what you’ll see.

And if you look up “delicious,” this is what you’ll see. :-)

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Icing
Slightly adapted from Peas and Thank You


Pumpkin Spice Cake
1.5 cup pumpkin puree (canned is fine)
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 tsp vanilla
1.25 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp garam masala (optional, but worth it)

Cream Cheese Icing
3 tbsp butter or margarine
1/2 cup cream cheese
2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

1. Preheat oven to 350º.  Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Mix pumpkin, oil, milk, sugars and vanilla with an electric mixer.

3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and all spices.

4. Add dry ingredients to wet, and mix until just combined.

5. Spread batter into the prepared baking dish.

6. Bake for 30-32 minutes, or until set.

7. While cake is baking, prepare frosting by beating together butter/margarine, cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.

8. When the pumpkin cake has completely cooled, frost.

Have you ever baked a cake? If so, have any suggestions for what I should try next?


What’s your favorite kind of pumpkin dessert?

36 Responses to “Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Icing”

  1. Yum! I have actually been in a cake mood for a while and finally made one a couple of days ago. Yours looks pretty tasty :D

  2. Lauren says:

    Oh wow Katie!!! This looks fantastic!

  3. Sarah says:

    Looks delicious! I’m not a fantastic baker either because I like to experiment. Textures never bother me so I end up with weird creations that taste yummy but freak other people out. You could try Red Velvet cake next :) It’s my favorite!

    I love pumpkin pie with whipped cream. It’s the best part of Thanksgiving!!

  4. YOM! i’m all for anything covered in cream cheese icing!

  5. Yum! Congratulations on the successful cake baking. I love baking cakes, I just never have the time anymore.

  6. I declare you a baker!! Officially!

  7. Oh man this looks good. I fall victim to Whole Foods pumpkin muffins all the time. I think if I made this it would need to be when other people are around so I dont end up eating the entire thing at one time!

  8. Congrats on the cake! It looks DELISH! I try to bake cake too…I usually get frustrated and break it…I mean…I don’t wait for it to cool enough before trying to take it out of the pan.

    My favorite pumpkin dessert would have to be pumpkin pie…with pumpkin cheesecake coming in a close second!

  9. This looks so good — I love how the frosting just drips off the side :) Yum!

    I love pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread.

    The only cakes I have ever baked came from a box!

  10. Becca says:

    Wow, this looks delish! I wish I had the time to make it for my potluck friday!

  11. christina says:

    that looks really good! it looks so moist. wooden spoons are dangerous!!!

  12. I must make this. I drooled when I saw it on her blog and now I’m drooling again. Yum, yum, yum!

  13. Hope says:

    Pumpkin cake=YUM! I’m drooling here.

    And the picture with Dave and Hamilton is super cute! It made me smile! :)

  14. Dorry says:

    This looks amazing! I love a classic, no frills pumpkin pie.

  15. I’m not sure what got me more excited – the image of cream cheese frosting sliding down that cake, or your adorable kitty!! :)

  16. That pumpkin cake looks delicious! And have you ever seen “How to Pet a Kitty” on The Oatmeal? Your kitty reminded me of it. It’s hilarious, you should check it out! http://theoatmeal.com/comics/kitty_pet

  17. Holly says:

    MMmmm – Pumpkin cake is DEFinitely one of my favorites! My mom makes it with only 2 ingredients – a box mix of Spice Cake and a can of pumpkin. Pretty darn good. :-)

    I LOVE carrot cake, but I’m also a huge fan of your standard white with white buttercream icing.

  18. Lisa says:

    DANGEROUS!!!!! I love cream cheese frosting. The best ever.

  19. Good job, Katie! Here’s a little tip for bringin’ the Pretty: drag your knife/spatula back and forth, back and forth, across the entire top of the cake, so it’s leaves even ripples in the icing. Then, pull the pointy tip of your knife/spatula through the ripples in the icing in one big stroke on each third of the cake, once up, once down, then up again. It will leave a lovely effect on the top of your cake! And so easy! :)

    • Katie says:

      Wanna do a video post showing this lovely little tip??? I’m such a visual person it’s difficult for me to picture it!

  20. Clairerose C says:

    Awwwww,your furbaby looks like my furbaby,Molly:-)cc

  21. Erica says:

    This cake looks great. Are you sure you are not good at cooking! YUM! Reminds me of carrot cake with cream cheese icing. My favorite!

  22. Jory says:

    Pumpkin is my new favorite ingredient! Yum!

  23. Cream cheese icing is so good!

  24. Simply Life says:

    YUM! Those sound and look soooo good!

  25. thetreadmilldiaries says:

    I know I’m making this call on a picture – but that pumpkin cake looks super moist. Want to try it as-is but curious about how it would taste with maple frosting.
    P.S. Your cat is cute!!

    • Katie says:

      It really was incredibly moist – that was probably the best part. And I’m sure maple frosting would also be delicious!

      P.S. Hamilton says thank you! :)

  26. This cake looks amazing! My favourite pumpkin dessert is pumpkin pie, but this looks like it could easily become my new favourite. :D

  27. Kudos to you! Keep it up — baking gets easier the more often you do it! I’m confident there’s a baker hiding inside you :)

  28. Liz @ Blog is the New Black says:

    I bake a lot, but I stick to cupcakes and cookies! I have a bunch of amazing cupcake recipes on my blog that could easily be made intoa cake. You just need to keep practicing! :)

  29. katie says:

    this looks delish! im not a big baker- but i do love me some pumpkin goodies!

  30. that lookjs so, so, so delicious. good job katie!

  31. Barbara Durrant says:

    YUM YUM! I made this cake this past week and it disappeared really fast, since it’s just me and my husband, that’s really saying something. This probably ranks up there with my favorite pumpkin dessert, right after my mom’s pumpkin pie. I brought a piece over to my sister because she was having a rough day and she loved it too. Just today she asked me to make another one, because she wanted another piece!

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