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pumpkin cake slices in a cake pan topped with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.

Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 15 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


The perfect fall dessert, this Pumpkin Cake is super moist and filled with lots of warm spices. Topped off with cinnamon cream cheese frosting – this will be a repeat every fall!




  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 (15 oz) can pure pumpkin puree (or homemade)
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray a 9×13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.
  3. In another bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the pumpkin, sugar, applesauce, and oil. Mix to combine. Add the eggs and mix until combined. Add the dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven until a tester inserted in the middle comes out clean, 25-30 minutes.
  5. Cool the cake completely.
  6. To make the frosting: Combine the cream cheese and the butter and beat until smooth and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Slowly start adding the powdered sugar, mixing until it is all incorporated. Mix in the cream, cinnamon and vanilla. Add more cream if needed to get a spreadable frosting.
  7. Frost the cooled cake with the cinnamon cream cheese frosting and serve.
  8. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers.

Recipe Notes:

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 397
  • Sugar: 42 g
  • Sodium: 375 mg
  • Fat: 17 g
  • Saturated Fat: 8 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 7 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 58 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Cholesterol: 82 mg

Keywords: pumpkin cake, cinnamon cream cheese frosting