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Pumpkin Orange Cake Recipe

Pumpkin Orange Cake Recipe

"This moist make-ahead spice cake with its flavorful orange frosting is popular at family gatherings," shares Shirley Glaab of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. "It's simple to prepare and it tastes so good, everyone asks for the recipe."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. YIELD:12 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons orange juice
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • Candied orange peel, optional


  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In another bowl, beat pumpkin, orange juice, milk and orange peel. Combine dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture alternately with pumpkin mixture, beating well after each addition. Fold in nuts.
  • 2. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. For frosting, in a large bowl, beat butter and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in the milk, orange juice and peel. Frost cake. Garnish with candied peel if desired. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 445 calories, 17 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 71 mg cholesterol, 395 mg sodium, 70 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Reviews for Pumpkin Orange Cake

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Reviewed Feb. 2, 2015

"The pumpkin makes the cake moist as well as adds a pretty color. The predominant flavor is citrus. We liked it."

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2012

"To the reviewer "patticakes527" did you have your glasses on when you read the ingredients and directions. The ingredients listed are listed in the directions and there is no pumpkin listed in the frosting ingredients. You really need to re-read the contents."

Reviewed Mar. 14, 2011

""Perfect as written"? The directions say to "cream the butter and sugar". Butter is not mentioned in the list of ingredients, nor is any other type of fat. Based on other recipes with similar sugar content, I used 1/2 cup butter. The 1 cup of canned pumpkin for the batter is actually listed under the ingredients for the orange frosting. There IS NO pumpkin in the frosting."

Reviewed Sep. 6, 2010

"Perfect as written. Moist and full of flavor. I made it the day before I was serving it. I will definitely be making this cake over and over again."

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2009

"delicious cake!"

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