Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting


Do we need much more in life than cake? This Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting is over the top delicious! It’s soft and moist with just the right amount of pumpkin and spice, and the frosting is one of my favorites.

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I know I’ve been a little pumpkin crazy, even though it’s not technically fall yet. To me though it’s felt like fall for the last few weeks since I’ve been waking up to chilly mornings, ending the day with cold evenings and getting out my warm pajamas and slippers, plus I’ve had this never ending cold (seriously what a rip off right? Fall is still a ways away). A slice of this cake made everything better though :).

Some may wait for a celebration to make cake, but what’s the point in that? I’d say weekends count as celebration if you really need an excuse.

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Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

4.8 from 5 votes

The tastiest pumpkin cake! It's brimming with pumpkin flavor and autumn spices and it's finished with the best frosting!

Servings: 16
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 3 hours


  • 2 3/4 cups (390g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 1/4 (270g) cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (172g) packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil , divided
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup (424g/15 oz) canned pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • 12 oz . cream cheese , softened
  • 3/4 cup butter , softened (I used 6 Tbsp salted 6 Tbsp unsalted)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 1/2 - 5 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 3 9-inch round cake pans and line bottoms with a round of parchment paper, butter parchment and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger for 20 seconds, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and 3 Tbsp of the vegetable oil until pale and fluffy (occasionally scrape down sides and bottom of bowl throughout mixing process). Mix in remaining 1/4 + 1 Tbsp vegetable oil. Blend in eggs one at a time, adding in vanilla with last egg. In a bowl or large liquid measuring cup, whisk together pumpkin with milk. Working in three separate batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture, add 1/3 of the flour mixture alternating with half of the pumpkin mixture and mixing just until combined after each addition.
  3. Divide batter among three prepared cake pans and spread batter into an even layer. Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean, about 30 - 35 minutes. Cool in cake pans 15 minutes, then run a knife around edge of cake to loosen and invert onto wire racks to cool completely. Once cool frost cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting (I recommend letting cake rest in refrigerator for a bit in an airtight container (such as a cake carrier) for cleaner cut slices. Store cake in an airtight container in refrigerator, if fully chilled, let rest at room temp only until not cold before serving.

For the frosting:

  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together cream cheese and butter until smooth and fluffy. Add cinnamon, vanilla and powdered sugar and mix on low speed until combined, then increase to medium and whip until pale and fluffy (if frosting is runny, cover and refrigerate just until it no longer is runny before spreading on cake).
  2. Recipe Source: Cake - Cooking Classy, frosting inspired by Novice Chef
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin cake
Author: Jaclyn



  • Sarah: This is now my go to cream cheese frosting recipe! I love baking with spices so it pairs well with almost everything I make. It’s a fantastic recipe! Not too sweet but doesn’t taste too much like cream cheese either, both of which I love! Thanks for the fantastic recipe! I get great compliments on it! January 11, 2019 at 4:28pm Reply

  • Judy Hazel: Hello Jacklyn, what is the best way of putting nuts on the side of the cake? My attempt always ends up with frosting on my hands and messy. November 11, 2018 at 4:51am Reply

  • Ivonne: I love this recipe. The pumpkin is subtle, and the frosting is so delicious. Instead of making three layers though I ended up using 2 9 in. round pans. Thank you for this wonderful recipe! October 26, 2018 at 10:03am Reply

    • Lucrecia: Hi Ivonne. Do you recall how long you baked this for? April 24, 2019 at 6:28am Reply

  • Mar: Hello, can i add unflavored gelatin for consistency October 11, 2018 at 6:33am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I wouldn’t recommend it here. October 11, 2018 at 10:34pm Reply

  • Angela: Could you freeze a pumpkin cake? August 25, 2018 at 8:18pm Reply

  • Nisma: This recipe is amazing. This was my third time making this cake. However, the first two times I baked sheet cakes. This time I decided to follow the recipe exactly and make a three layer cake. I used 9 inch round pans, but sadly the cakes ended up so thin and not like the picture! I was disappointed. Next time I’ll make a two layer cake. November 18, 2017 at 2:30am Reply

  • Tracy: I made this cake over the weekend. I used gluten free flour, dark brown sugar and only 1 cup of comfectioners sugar in the frosting. Heaven. It’s so moist. The pumpkin is subtle and I’d like to eat the entire cake in one sitting. Even my gluten-loving, pumpkin hating children like this cake. October 30, 2017 at 9:24pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Tracy! October 31, 2017 at 2:18pm Reply

  • Kelly: What would be a good substitution for vegetable oil? September 21, 2017 at 6:12am Reply

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