Easy Pumpkin Spice Cake

While at the store yesterday, my boyfriend saw a Pumpkin Spice Cake. He mentioned the cake a couple of times so I figured he must want something like that at the house. I told him that I could make one and that we didn’t need to buy one. Since today is Columbus Day, I had the day off. Yep, bankers get all of the holidays off, even the BS holidays. But I’m not complaining. I quite like my days off. So today I decided to make the pumpkin spice cake. I was going to make one from scratch but I had a lot of things to do today so I decided to make one using boxed cake mix. *gasp* Seriously, boxed cake mix tastes pretty darn good. Of course, when making from scratch, you eliminate a few additives but after scouring over the ingredients on the box, I wasn’t to concerned with any of the ingredients. Anyhow, I made this cake for Thanksgiving last year so I decided to make it again today since it got rave reviews the last time I made it. Now I did make the cream cheese icing from scratch because quite frankly, prepackaged icing tastes horrible. I used the same recipe that I used to make my carrot cake cupcakes. Those were really good so if you haven’t checked out the recipe yet, you surely need to!  I hope you enjoy my easy pumpkin spice cake recipe!
Easy Pumpkin Spice Cake from www.thisfgalcooks.com
Easy Pumpkin Spice Cake
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Recipe type: dessert
Serves: 8
For the cake
  • 1 box of white cake mix (I used Pilsbury Moist Supreme)
  • 1 3.4 oz box of butterscotch pudding
  • 4 eggs, room temp and beaten
  • 1 C canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ C water
  • ¼ C vegetable oil
For the cream cheese frosting
  • 4 oz of cream cheese, room temp
  • ¼ C butter, room temp
  • 1 tbsp whipping cream
  • 2 C confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
For the cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease a 10 inch tube pan with vegetable shortening and then dust with flour
  3. Mix all ingredients together and blend with an electric mixer
  4. Pour the batter into the pan and smooth with a spoon
  5. Bake for 40-45 min or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool before icing.
For the cream cheese frosting
  1. Mix butter and cream cheese together until smooth
  2. Add the vanilla and mix well
  3. Gradually add the confectioners sugar and mix until well blended
  4. Add the whipping cream and mix well. If you prefer a thinner icing, add more whipping cream
Adapted from allrecipes.com
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice
Easy Pumpkin Spice Cake from www.thisgalcooks.com
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  1. says

    This looks yummy, dear! And I LOVE that it is a bundt cake (I may be *a little* obsessed with bundt cakes, lol!).
    And there is NOTHING wrong with using a box of cake mix now and again. I have a few in my cabinet for when I feel like adding a few things & making a bundt cake. ;)

  2. says

    Oh, I'm so glad we're friends… I only wish we were closer because this looks amazing and I'd sit right down and devour that with you – you know, since we're such good friends and I wouldn't want you to have to consume all those calories by yourself ;)

  3. Niki Caron says

    This looks (and sounds) soooo good! I've been in a bit of a baking rut lately and this is inspiring me to start baking again!

  4. Kelly @ Semi Homemade Mom says

    This cake looks really good, love the butterscotch pudding. Definitely on my list to try! Following back – Kelly @ Semi Homemade Mom.

  5. debbie@meandmydiy says

    Mmmm….I think I can even smell it from here! It looks terrific!

  6. Barbara Hiatt says

    Yummm! Looks fantastic, especially that last pic! Thanks for joining the party at Keep Calm and Link Up! Come back again this Thursday night!
    Barbara at Chase the Star
    chasethestar dot net

  7. denverdeb2 says

    Gosh, I just printed this recipe last night from the JUST A PINCH website. The recipe must be very popular. The original addition of the recipe to JUST A PINCH was made by Candy Ayers [Cooking Chic] on Dec. 1, 2010. Candy resides in St. Paul,MN so if anyone would like to pass on some credit, I'm sure she'd appreciate the Koo-dos!

  8. says

    I actually found this type of recipe on Allrecipes.com last year. I made this for Thanksgiving last year and decided to make it again since it was so good! A lot of these types of recipes are floating around all over the internet. I found a rum cake recipe on Allrecipes.com that I make occasionally and I've spotted the same recipe on other sites as well.
    I'll have to check out the Just A Pinch website. I had never heard of it until you mentioned it. Thanks!

  9. says

    I added extra cinnamon and nutmeg, as I wanted a more “spicy” flavor. I baked in a silicone bundt for 40 minutes and I probably should’ve taken it out around 37 minutes.


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