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a piece of pumpkin pie cake topped with cream cheese frosting on a plate with candy pumpkins and cinnamon sticks
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Pumpkin Bars

This Pumpkin Cake is easy to make, moist, and delicious - the perfect fall treat! Topped with the best cream cheese frosting, you won't be able to resist this amazing pumpkin spice cake.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake recipe, fall dessert, thanksgiving recipe
Servings: 24 pieces
Author: Lisa Longley


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 eggs
  • 15 ounces 100% pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil

For Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar scooped into the measuring cup with a spoon and leveled off
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (to taste)


  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 by 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. For best results, sift the dry ingredients to fully combine. Read more about sifting here.
  • In a smaller bowl mix together the pumpkin, eggs, oil, and sugar. Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, until completely smooth.
  • Pour in the prepared baking dish and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out with just a few crumbs.
  • Allow the cake to cool compltely before frosting.
  • To make frosting, beat together the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar and beat until full combined. Then beat in the vanilla.
  • Smooth the frosting over the cake with an offset spatula. Cut and serve.