Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


We went to Thanksgiving dinner at a friend’s house this year and we were tasked with desserts.  We brought a traditional pumpkin pie, chocolate chip cheesecake bars, and pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting.  The pumpkin cake was pretty good, especially if you love pumpkin and spice cakes, and for that reason I would give this recipe 4 stars, but since our house isn’t a fan of either, we likely won’t be making this dessert again.

Recipe from the November 2009 issue of Cooking Light.



  • 10.1 oz. all-purpose flour (about 2 1/4 cups)
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 c.  butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • Cooking spray


  • 2 TBSP butter, softened
  • 1/2 tsp.  vanilla extract
  • 1 (8-ounce) package 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 2 c. sifted powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. To prepare cake, weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.
  3. Combine brown sugar, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until well combined. Add eggs, 1 at a time, to sugar mixture; beat well after each addition. Add pumpkin; mix well. Fold in flour mixture. Spread batter into a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  4. To prepare the frosting, combine 2 tablespoons butter, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and cream cheese in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until combined. Gradually add the powdered sugar, beating until well combined. Spread frosting evenly over top of cake.

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