Pumpkin Spice Cake

September 10, 2013 by Ali

This Pumpkin Spice Cake is everything you love about pumpkin desserts — it is perfectly cinnamon-y and pumpkin spiced, it is wonderfully moist, and it is topped with a heavenly cream cheese glaze. Believe it. Then try it. :)

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I used to start baking with pumpkin in October.

Then last year it inched into mid-September.

But this year, as soon as the calendar flipped to September 1, I marched into the grocery store and bought a dozen cans of pumpkin. Call me eager, call me impatient, call me paranoid about a pumpkin shortage (after 2 years ago), or call me brilliant.

The simple truth is – I love pumpkin!!!

And what better way to kick off the season this year than with this delicious Pumpkin Spice Cake.


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This cake reminded me of all the many things I adore about baking with pumpkin. Shall I make a list?

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1) Minutes after going in the oven, my house started to smell a-mazing.

You know how everyone is Instagramming their favorite pumpkin spice candles right now? Yeah, I own a few of those too. But none compare to the heavenly smell of a pumpkin bundt cake slowly baking in your oven. And then that same smell lingering for days to come. It’s the best!!!

2) Taste-testers appear from nowhere!

Speaking of Instagram, when I posed a photo of this cake fresh out of the oven, my phone filled up with a record number of offers for taste-testing. I forgot how even the pickiest of eaters absolutely adore all things pumpkin. It’s a good thing that I ended up making this cake twice for taste-testing, because there was a line!!

3) Pumpkin instantly makes it feel like Fall.

We may be in the middle of a ridiculous 100+ degree heat wave. And my air conditioner may have decided to break down and take two days (twooooo dayyyyyys) to fix, making it nearly possible to bake this cake in the “oven” that is my loft. And freaking pumpkins may have not hit the stores yet, causing me to pull out some old decor from storage for this photo shoot. (Yeah, don’t look too closely, although now I’m sure you will — the Hobby Lobby special!) But regardless of it all, taking a first bite of this pumpkin spice cake made the world instantly feel like September and Fall and all of the cozy memories the season brings. Love it.

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So if you’re ready for a delicious recipe to kick off your pumpkin baking season, or if you’re just ready to enjoy a fabulous pumpkin bundt cake any time of the year, this cake has my full pumpkin-loving recommendation.

Cheers to a great season ahead!

Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe | gimmesomeoven.com

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 12-16 servings


    Pumpkin Spice Cake Ingredients:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting pan
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • Cream Cheese Glaze Ingredients:
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (plus extra if needed)
  • 1-2 Tbsp. milk


To Make The Pumpkin Spice Cake:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a bundt pan with cooking spray or butter, then sprinkle the entire surface with flour (or granulated sugar) and shake off the excess.

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves (optional), and salt until combined. Then in a separate bowl, stir together pumpkin, buttermilk and vanilla until combined.

Using an electric mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and beat 1 minute, using a rubber spatula to scrape the bottom of the bowl so that everything is combined. Reduce speed to low and add flour and pumpkin mixtures alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture and mixing until batter is just smooth. Do not overbeat.

Transfer batter into pan, and smooth the top of the batter with a spatula so that it is smooth. Bake until a wooden pick or skewer inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool cake in pan on a cooking rack for at least 20 minutes. Then invert cake onto a cooling rack or a cake platter. Top with cream cheese glaze when cooled, or dust with powdered sugar.

To Make The Cream Cheese Glaze:

Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar together on medium low speed until combined. Add milk one tablespoon at a time, beating to combine, until the glaze reaches your desired consistency. If the glaze gets too thin, add in more powdered sugar.

Pumpkin cake recipe adapted from Whipped.

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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51 thoughts on “Pumpkin Spice Cake

  1. Thinking of making this for Thanksgiving. It seems like it can be prepared the day before, right? What’s the best way to store it so it stays fresh? Thanks!!!

    - Sarah

  2. Just made this- now waiting in agony until family geta home to share!! I samples the icing and it’s DELICIOUS! Thank you for the great recipe :-)

    - Sara

  3. I have been making pumpkin stuff for a few weeks now!! I love it!! I have made several loaves of the pumpkin beer bread (with pumpkin ale). This cake is next!! I give a lot of stuff away to friends — they always love it when I am cooking!!
    Love your website!!!

    - Janet

  4. I made this for my son’s party and it totally disappeared

    - sherika

  5. I made the cake using a 9×13 inch glass pan and it turned out great. I omitted the frosting to cut calories and I have to say that my family loves it just the way it is. Thank you for such a lovely pumpkin recipe.

    - FM

  6. This is a great recipe! I made it for the first time ever this past weekend (for my husband’s family get-together) and everyone RAVED about it. It was fantastic! Definitely a hit that I will be making again.

    - Christine

  7. Can I use pumpkin spice mix, instead of all the individual spices?

    - Randi

  8. I made this cake tonight and it was so good. The whole family loved it.

    - kim

  9. I made this cake on Thursday, Sept 19. By Monday, the 23, it was super moist and by Tuesday it was inedible – so so soggy. Like pudding sort of. It was very strange and I had to throw about a quarter of the cake out. (I was keeping it at room temp.)

    That said, this cake is DELICIOUS! I really went crazy for it. Such good, deep fall flavors. Yum. I was so disappointed to have to toss it, but the mouthfeel was just.. shudder. So stranger. And it developed a real vegetal flavor too. So I would just warn people that this has a short shelf life! It was really good for 3-4 days and then went downhill fast after that.

    - Suzi

    • If you want it to last longer, don’t ice it, just put icing on each piece as you serve it. I make a lemon cake with lemon icing that has cream cheese as a base, if I want the cake to last several days, I can keep the cake in a cake taker on the counter and keep the icing in a bowl in the fridge, to serve I just plop a spoonful of the icing on top of each slice and it is as good as the day I made it. Cream cheese icing will definitely make a cake soggy within a few days if it is iced completely the day it’s made.

      - Cyndi

  10. I made this and brougt it along on my end of summer glamping trip this weekend. Loved the pumpkin, but the glaze really stood out. We inhaled it for breakfast both mornings, but luckily there was one slice left to bring to work for breakfast this morning. Another great recipe!

    - Meg Jones | The Spatularette

  11. ooh! pumpkin cake is always so yummy!

    - Shelly (Cookies and Cups)

  12. Deer goodness! This is over the top delish!

    - Meredith in sock monkey slippers

  13. It’s such a shame that we don’t really use pumpkin much over here; this cake looks just delicious especially with that cream cheese frosting!

    - Kathryn

  14. I LOVE this idea! Filing it away for a pre-Thanksgiving app recipe.

    - Anne [A Squared]

  15. Mmmmm. I think I might make this tonight and eat if for breakfast. Cream cheese and pumpkin? It’s practically health food!

    - Melissa @ Bless this Mess

  16. Stunning, gorgeous and so what I am in the mood for these days! That glaze looks perfect!

    - Tieghan

  17. I’m trying desperately to wait until autumn to make something pumpkin-y… this isn’t making it any easier! Yummy!

    - Mary-Clay @ Cooking with the King

  18. Super gorgeous Ali! Pumpkin is the best thing EVER.

    - Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

  19. Gorgeous Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake, girl! Nothing like the smell of pumpkin spice goodness baking in the oven. Thanks for sharing. Pinning!

    - Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen

  20. That cream cheese glaze is seriously calling my name – it looks so thick and rich and delicious! I haven’t started my pumpkin baking yet, but when I do this is going on my list!

    - Tracey

  21. Pretty sure it’s never too early for something this delicious!!

    - Gaby

  22. Gorgeous, I love pumpkin spice and that fab glaze!

    - Laura (Tutti Dolci)

  23. This cake is dreamy! Pumpkin spice is always nice!

    - Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

  24. Yes, this is everything I love about pumpkin desserts. Beautiful pics too!

    - Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

  25. Stunning! Yum, so fallish! Love this!

    - Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

  26. Gorgeous bundt cake, Ali! I am already baking with fall flavors too. Love how it makes the house smell. Pinning this beauty!

    - Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

  27. That drizzle looks incredible! I’m not quite ready for pumpkin but just mentioning how good your place smelled made me inch closer!

    - Cassie | Bake Your Day

  28. This is such a beautiful cake!! I try to wait as long as possible for pumpkin, but I had my first pumpkin spice latte today. Don’t regret it, but it’s supposed to be 91 degrees tomorrow in Boston. Hello, summer :)

    - Sues

  29. Seriously drooling. Ali, I am in love with pumpkin desserts. My aching for pumpkin treats started early this year too! Must be the cooler weather we’ve been having. Regardless, this cake is drop dead gorgeous and I am dying for a slice right now!

    - sally @ sallys baking addiction

  30. Save me a piece!

    - Maria

  31. This looks like pumpkin perfection! I just posted one with chocolate ganache but I am dying over this cream cheese glaze. Guess it’s time to make another cake!

    - Des

  32. This cake looks so moist and that cream cheese glaze is just the perfect icing on it. This looks just perfect!

    - marcie@flavorthemoments

  33. Girl this cake is PERFECTION! Gimme a slice. Now i know why your blog is called gimme some oven. Seriously. GIMME SOME OF THAT.

    - dana

  34. Gimmmeee that!! love the bundt ; )

    - sheila

  35. This is my favorite thing about Fall…all things pumpkin! :)

    - Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

  36. YUM!!! I. LOVE. PUMPKIN. Perfect recipe for fall! Can’t wait to make this!

    - DeLallo Foods

  37. Pumpkin in August just seems kind of wrong but I am right there with you on September 1st. Bring on the pumpkin!

    - Emily @ Life on Food

  38. Our cakes should get married and make little pumpkin apple baby cakes!

    - Amy @Very Culinary

  39. I feel ya on the heat wave, Ali! That’s not gonna stop me from making this beauty of a bundt cake, though! It looks AMAZING. Love that drippy glaze!

    - Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

  40. This cake is gorgeous! I love how thick and luscious the frosting looks. I was baking with pumpkin at 100°+ temperatures too, recently, but the heavenly aroma really does make it feel like fall! Pinned!

    - Tessa @ Handle the Heat

  41. Pumpkin! Oh sweet mamma this looks amazing!

    - Meredith in sock monkey slippers

  42. Oh pumpkin spice is everything nice!

    - Paula - bell'alimento

  43. What a beautiful, festive cake! Thanks for the recipe!

    - Racheal @ Running with Racheal

  44. This is gorgeous, Ali! I love pumpkin, too and can’t get enough of it this time of year!

    - Robyn | Add a Pinch