Pumpkin Sheet Cake Recipe
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Pumpkin Sheet Cake Recipe

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The pastor at our church usually cuts his message short on carry-in dinner days when he knows this sheet cake is waiting in the fellowship hall. (I think he prays for leftovers since he gets to take them home!) This moist cake travels well and is also easy to prepare. -Nancy Baker, Boonville, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:20-24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20-24 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons milk
  • Chopped nuts

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 269 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 201mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein


  1. In a large bowl, beat pumpkin, sugar and oil until blended. Beat in eggs. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; gradually add to pumpkin mixture, beating until well blended.
  2. Pour into a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. For frosting, in a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually beat in sugar until smooth. Add milk until frosting reaches desired spreading consistency. Frost cake. Sprinkle with nuts. Yield: 20-24 servings.
Originally published as Pumpkin Sheet Cake in Taste of Home October/November 1995, p39

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Reviewed Dec. 14, 2015

"I love this cake and get a lot of compliments on it. I make it at least once every fall. It is so moist and delicious."

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2015

"I have been making this cake for many years--everyone loves it. I bake it in a 9 x 13 pan and add extra spices--ginger, allspice, and cloves because I love a more like pumpkin pie flavor for the cake. I am not a fan of cream cheese icing so I always use a caramel frosting instead."

Reviewed Nov. 3, 2015

"I make this every year and last year I took it to class for my foreign students to try, since some had never had pumpkin. They raved about it and yesterday someone who moved up two levels asked if I was going to make my cake for my class again & if so, let her know, lol. Then the teacher in that class asked if we'd be having a Thanksgiving carry-in for our class and that several of her students were talking about the cake they'd had in my class. It's moist, flavorful, goes far and I never have left-overs. The only difference is the frosting--I use pumpkin flavored creamer instead of milk for my frosting for more flavor and I also put candy pumpkins on each square, as some are allergic to nuts."

Reviewed Jul. 15, 2014

"Who can turn down cream cheese frosting, right? I'll often find a lonely can of pumpkin in my cupboard sometimes and this is a great way to use it up!! I have extra large cookie sheets (16 X 12 ) so I will double the frosting."

Reviewed Nov. 26, 2013

"Like many others, I have made this for years and everyone just loves it! It really is easy and is just so yummy it's hard to eat just one piece! I'll be making it again tomorrow for our Thanksgiving dinner."

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