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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chris_giles18 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 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 219340
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015

"VERY good"

rickbonnie 219327
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2015


ilovechrisdewall 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 146456
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2014

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

Mistymay72 81031
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2014

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

Water4Chocolate 148682
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2014

"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 :-) !"

Sharon214 146455
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2014

"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."

patcook1 81030
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2014

"I'd made this several times a few years ago and it is delicious."

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