Pumpkin Torte Recipe
- 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
- 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.
1 serving (1 slice) equals 528 calories, 28 g fat (14 g saturated fat), 93 mg cholesterol, 378 mg sodium, 61 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein.
Reviews for Pumpkin Torte
"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."
"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................"
"I make this every year and it's always a hit. Everyone who tastes it always asks me for the recipe. Best torte ever."
"This was a delicious cake, as well as fantastic looking. Received many compliments. Will definitely make it again."
"I used a spice cake mix. It was awesome!"
"A wonderful, easy recipe--much simpler than the "pumpkin rolls" where you have to mess with powdered sugar cloths, cake cracking, extra time, etc. It's also simple to adjust to lower-fat or no fat Cream-cheese, milk, whipped topping, and caramel sauce to suit your diet. There is no need for negative reviews of a good recipe because one doesn't have the intelligence to make those lower calorie choices on their own---or simply eat smaller portions :-) !"
"I have made this several times - it tastes fantastic and what a presentation - it really wows your company. And, the best part - it's so easy to make."
"I'd made this several times a few years ago and it is delicious."
"Love it and so simple!"
"I have made this several times. It is one of the easiest cakes to make. The presentation is beautiful. And most importantly, it is delicious!"
"This is delicious. I make sweets for friends and family and I have repeat requests for this since I found this recipe last year. It is easy and a great presentation. I love anything pumpkin and this is a great addition."
"I made this last year and it was delicious. I made it torte style and it was very pretty. Making it a torte was easier and faster than layering it and I am all for easy and fast. I could not find a fault with this if I tried. i am making it again this year for Christmas"
"I have made this numerous times with great reviews each time. Today I took it to a funeral luncheon-got multiple requests for the recipe. Made it in two 9 x 13 pans, then stacked them, easier to serve at a luncheon. Sometimes I substitute the nuts with toffee pieces to accommodate people with nut allergies."
"Love this cake! I found it on Kraft Foods years ago (2004) and have been making it ever since. :)http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/luscious-four-layer-pumpkin-cake-65930.aspx?tab=recipe"
"This was absolutely wonderful! The frosting is not real sweet like regular frosting. The only problem I had was the Marzetti's caramel wouldn't drizzle even warmed! I put it in a zip lock bag and cut the corner off and piped it on the cake crisscross trying to dribble it down the sides. It looked great and I received lots of complements on it. Love this recipe!"
"This is delicious I loved it and so did my family I cant wait to make it again"
"This recipe was heavenly. I honestly don't even like pumpkin much, so I wasn't sure how it would turn out. I was surprised at how good it was. It took only about an hour to make, and it was even better the next day. This might be an annual thing for me now."
"Great recipe! I had a few changes. I added a 1/2 teaspoon extra pumpkin pie spice to the cake batter and the filling. I also used fat free milk, lite coolwhip, and fat free cream cheese. It was a fantastic recipie. Super easy and a "lighter" dessert after a heavy fall meal. Love it!!"
"This is awesome. Huge hit at Thanksgiving dinner."
"OVER 500 calories a slice? That's sinful..."
"My sister made this cake for Thanksgiving in 2012. Her 12 year old son said right then "I want this cake for my birthday". It was a BIG hit all around with adults and kids."
"This cake looks impressive and tastes great,made it for Thanksgiving last year and I'll make it again this year."
"I've made this torte several times. Easy, delicious and impressive looking. Always a hit!"
"This is the best cake for Thanksgiving ,it wows the crowd to see it and it tastes even better,"
"Delicious! This recipe won't disapoint you"
"Very easy to make and tastes phenomenal! Only thing I changed was that I eased up on the pumpkin paste for the icing."
"This was the best cake I ever made....and I have made many.....so yummy"
"Was a big hit!!!"
"This recipe is awesome!! Everyone admired it and thought it was from a bakery. We all thought it tasted delicious. This will be my new Thanksgiving dessert!!"
"I just made this for Thanksgiving and everyone loved it!"
"This pumpkin torte is absolutely scrumptious! I made it for Thanksgiving and everyone raved about it and asked for the recipe. It was very easy to make and I will definitely be making this again."
"I followed this recipe with the exception of using vegetable oil because i didn't have canola oil and cool whip. This cake was awesome!!! I made it for Thanksgiving and it was a big hit! The pumpkin with the caramel was a great combination. I would definitely recommend using the pecans to top. Would make this over and over again."
"Don't be afraid to try this one. A big hit at Thanksgiving. This one is in my recipe box as a new favorite. One guest carried it around for all to see before it was cut. It is so easy to make and goes quickly. Don't expect to have left overs!"
"I made this to take to work for our Thanksgiving feed. It was much easier to make than I anticipated! The cake and filling itself isn't too sweet, but the caramel sauce gives that extra little kick it needed! I only used a 12oz. carton of whipped topping and had MORE than enough filling! so much that I actually frosted the whole cake as well as put some between each layer! I roasted up some pecans with sugar and cinnamon, and they were delicious and crunchy with the dessert! I will definitely be making this again!"
"Super easy to make and really yummy. I substituted fresh whipped cream for the cool whip."
"I made this just as a trial before our company pot luck Thanksgiving party. The cake was loved by all. From my level of baking, if it comes in a box and just needs eggs and oil I'm good, more than that and I'm in trouble. This cake however was a piece of cake!!!"
"Everyone loved this cake - even on the second and third day. It's a little tricky moving the layers, but it was manageable. Love it!"
"Impressive looking & great flavor. Even the sugar free version is super good. Definitelya keeper recipe!"
"Made this for a ladies meeting and got raves! I plan to make it again for our next birthday luncheon!!!"
"This was delicious and easy to make. Makes an impressive presentation! I definitely will make it again."
"I made it for guests and they all want the recipe."
"this is a beautiful, wonderful cake"
"I was looking for a recipe for pumpkin cake and this one was too pretty not to try. It was a very easy cake to make with ingredients I had on hand. What luck for me! Because it was the best pumpkin cake I've made yet!! It isn't a overly sweet cake but more of a refreshing cake, light and filling after a satisfying meal. The family toke pictures of it and sent to their friends, which brought them to the house for a slice! I can see this will be put on my cake list for the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. A must try cake!!"
"Took this to a party. It was a huge hit and it looks so impressive. I use cranberries instead of nuts because of allergies of the group. Great hit."
"This is a terrific cake, I have made it a couple of times, it looks hard, but it isn't that bad. You do have to watch the cake mix sizes at store, they are smaller than required in recipe and that makes a problem in trying to cut the layers in half."
"Excellent cake. Good taste and fabulous look. Not too much work. And I used other spices combined to make my own pumpkin pie spice."
"I make this cake every Thanksgiving. It's always everyone's favorite. My daughter doesn't like pumpkin but she loves this cake. I'll make it again and again."
"This recipe is definitely a keeper! I made it for a church fellowship yesterday. Had several compliments and folks asking for the recipe. The only thing I changed was what someone else had done and that was add a little more pumpkin pie spice. I also used walnuts instead of pecans and put it between each layer. Delicious and easy!"
"I made this recipe, to the T, and it was a huge success. i am a cake decorator and make tons of cakes every month and this continues to be a fav. i dont let a thanksgiving pass without it!"
"This is absolutely delicious AND easy to make!"
"I was very happy with this easy-to-make yet impressive cake. I made it this past weekend for Canadian Thanksgiving and it was a hit. Light, with the right amount of spice (although I did add more pumpkin pie spice than called for in the cake as well as the frosting).The Baking Bookworm"
"An easy recipe that looks & tastes fantastic. Very impressive looking for any guests. If you're lucky enough to have any leftovers it stays nice too."
"I have won a "best in show" award for this cake, also it brought over $100 dollars at a fundraising for basketball sports. It is delicious,light, and you always want more. I did tweak the recipe a little. I used applesauce instead of oil, Almonds instead of pecans, and added dried cranberries to the topping.Make and enjoy. I will make this again and again."
"Since I found this recipe, I have made it over and over again! It satisfies the sweet tooth without being sticky sweet. It is easy to make and comes out great every time. There can't be any bad reviews about this one! My changes to this recipe are:I don't use the caramel sauce-too sweetI use two 8oz bars of cream cheese and a large cannister of Cool Whip."
"Made this to take to card club. Wanted it easy to transport. Made it in a 9 x 13 pan. Mistakenly added the whole can of pumpkin to the cake batter. Baked it about 5 minutes longer. Got rave reviews. Making it again today for company. Not much time so will use canned cream cheese frosting. Its the caramel and nuts that add the wow factorf."
"I've made this many times and everyone loves it. I've taken it to church dinners and always get requests for the recipe and people ask me to bring it again to other events."
"This is really good. I made it for my mother's birthday dinner."
"Very easy to put together. Not too heavy of a dessert. Might not use as much whipped topping next time. I had filling left over."
"I made this cake to see if we would like it. We loved it! I'm making it again for Thanksgiving company."
"I made this for my mom's birthday and it looked so fancy but was so easy to put together. Sometimes a pumpkin cake can taste and feel so heavy but this seemed really light."
"This cake is as fabulous as it looks. It makes a fabulous presentation and tastes even better. Everyone thought I had fussed over this dessert, but it was so easy. This will be an annual dessert for our Thanksgiving dinner from now on."
"Sorry but this recipe is not an award winner in our family. I wish that I could say that this was as great tasting as the photo makes it look but I can?t. I am an experienced baker and I followed the directions to a tee but what I ended up with was a lop-sided and heavy mess. The cake was very condensed and thick in texture. The frosting tasted great and was as light tasting as it looks in the photo but the pecans on the top layer added a slightly bitter taste to the topping. The ingredient that made the taste unique was the caramel topping. My family and I agree that this recipe is not a keeper. BUT, I did use this frosting on a boxed spice cake, made as directed, and topped it with finely chopped walnuts and drizzled the caramel ice cream topping over the finished, frosted, cake. It was so delicious that I took it to our family reunion where it was a big hit and voted a keeper."
"This is a great dessert. 12 ounces is plenty of cool whip. I always get great reviews when I make this."
"I've made this recipe numerous times and everyone always loves it. And I love that it's so easy to make!"
"This was amazing. I honestly cant believe it was that good. I didnt use nuts or carmel and it was WONDERFUl"
"I'm 15 and made this for a Pumpkin Recipe Contest and won 3rd Place, it was delicious, and my boyfriend absolutely loved it! ...Will Definitely be making it again!"
"I've made this several times - especially when I want to make an impression."
"Great, but making a pumkin pie is easier and tastes the same."
"I love this cake. It takes a little time to make but it is well worth the effort. I always bring home very little leftovers, if any. I made it for our church staff luncheon and they thought it was wonderful."
"This recipe was easy to make and and big hit. It has a beautiful presentation."
"i made this great cake yesterday !! made it in a 9""/13" pan . worked out well. So moist and light at the same time. Winner for this thanksgiving.'Thanks for the best ever cake""
"I make this every year for Holiday gatherings and carry ins."
"This is so good and easy to make looks like you have spent hours. I have made this twice and always get the same comment "WOW".... Will probably make this for Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing ."
"I just made this torte for a church dinner. It was very easy to prepare. The only change I made was to use a bundt pan instead of two 9" cake pans. This allowed for alot of creativity when decorating. I will be making this one again."
"This cake is perfect just the way it is!It's absolutely gorgeous and tastes better than it looks.I posted a photo of mine on Facebook and everyone LOVED it and wanted the recipe. I shared this site's link.I will be making cake this again and again."
"This recipe will definately be added to my "favorites" collection. I made this for dessert to top off a nice fall dinner with guests. Everyone raved on how this was an inceredible torte and wanted the recipe!!"
"I made this cake for a contest and won 1st place with it. It is so easy to make and beautiful to present. I actually followed this recipe to the letter and I would not change a thing."
"Excellent torte - as one reviewer stated this cake is on the Kraft Foods website along with a video showing how to make and assemble the torte - so easy - Luscious Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake."
"its very easy to make, and looks and tastes great!"
"I am a FCS teacher and one of my students suggested this recipe for a lunch we were serving. We didn't try it beforehand but it was simple to make and it tasted awesome!!! All of our guests enjoyed it and were impressed with the layers. They thought it looked very fancy. I chose to make it for my multiple family Thanksgiving dinners and the reviews were excellent. The cake is moist and not too pumpkin-y. Very nice alternative to the pumpkin pie for those who don't care for pumpkin pie."
"I have made it twice now and it never makes it past the first day."
"I've made this cake for several years, and has always been a huge hit. When I got the recipe it was called Four layer luscious pumpkin Cake from Kraft"
"OMG! So easy & so delicious! Made this today as a rehearsal dessert for Thanksgiving. Wow! Only difference is I only used 8oz of whipped topping and it made more than enough filling. It's impressive & tastes amazing. Can't wait to wow the family at Thanksgiving."
"This is a fantastic Torte and so easy to make.A great replacement for Pumpkin Pie. I bakefor a restaurant and this is a huge hit. THANKS !"
"I made this when I wanted to cook something special for our dinner guests. It was a hit and was very easy to make. One of our guests, who eats in some fantastic restaurants, said it was 'gourmet'."
"I made this recipe for guests and they loved it. I 'll make it for Thanksgiving instead of pumpkin pie. A beautiful cake and easy to make."
"This cake was a hit at our last Thanksgiving. Very impressive looking and tasting."