Pumpkin Torte Recipe
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Pumpkin Torte Recipe

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This beautiful layered cake has a creamy filling with a mild pumpkin flavor and a little spice. It's quick and always turns out so well. The nuts and caramel topping add a nice finishing touch, but you could also try other toppings as a variation. —Trixie Fisher, Piqua, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:10-12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 10-12 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin, divided
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, divided
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 528 calories, 28g fat (14g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 378mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (39g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, 1 cup pumpkin, milk, eggs, oil and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans.
  2. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the confectioners' sugar and remaining pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice; beat until smooth. Fold in whipped topping.
  4. Cut each cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; spread with a fourth of the filling. Repeat layers three times. Drizzle with caramel topping; sprinkle with pecans. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 10-12 servings.
Originally published as Pumpkin Torte in Quick Cooking November/December 2005, p35

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bigval1214 User ID: 8826770 255288
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2016

"Made this and I must concur, it's definitely a five-star recipe. It's presentation as well as flavor rivals any bakery ! Thanks for sharing, I will be making this often !"

Apbrocks User ID: 5844700 255162
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2016

"I made this for my friend's birthday. She loves fall desserts. This one was perfect! It was easy to make, but looks like you spent hours on it. It's delicious without being overly sweet. Will definitely make again!!"

crayolabob5 User ID: 8113601 255137
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2016

"Made this for the first time to bring to a cooking club meeting. Everyone raved about it and my boyfriend loved it too. There's just enough pumpkin flavor but it's not overwhelming. The frosting is nice and light, not too sweet. My caramel got kind of messy and oozed off the cake but other than that, it actually came out looking pretty much like the photo."

chris_giles18 User ID: 2108383 235806
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2015

"This was my first torte and I was really kind of nervous about how it would turn out. I made this for a potluck and everyone liked it. I liked it also, but I felt like it was missing something. Maybe more nuts - like in between each layer? Mine did not turn out quite as pretty as the picture, but I still think it looked impressive especially coming from me because I am not very much on baking."

jmhoesch User ID: 7482375 234807
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2015

"Used French Vanilla cake mix and OMGoodness!!!!!!!!!!!! I omitted the nuts, just put fall festive decorative sprinkles on top, and made my own salted caramel sauce and this was TO DIE for................"

crankyankee User ID: 7233510 219340
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"VERY good"

rickbonnie User ID: 8200692 219327
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015


ilovechrisdewall User ID: 8097435 67718
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2014

"I make this every year and it's always a hit. Everyone who tastes it always asks me for the recipe. Best torte ever."

SharonPra User ID: 8068864 146456
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014

"This was a delicious cake, as well as fantastic looking. Received many compliments. Will definitely make it again."

Mistymay72 User ID: 4806735 81031
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

"I used a spice cake mix. It was awesome!"

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