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Maple Pumpkin Torte


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1-1/3 cups vanilla or white chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 7-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 to 1-1/2 teaspoons maple flavoring


  • 1. Grease three 9-in. round baking pans; line with waxed paper. Grease the paper and set aside. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, 1/2 cup flour, water, pumpkin, eggs, oil and cinnamon; beat for 30 seconds on low speed. Beat for 2 minutes on medium.
  • 2. Transfer a third of the batter to a small bowl; beat in brown sugar and remaining flour. Stir in chips and pecans. Pour into one prepared pan. Divide the plain batter between the two remaining pans.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. For frosting, in a large bowl, cream shortening until fluffy. Add the confectioners' sugar, milk, vanilla and maple flavoring; beat until smooth.
  • 5. Place one plain cake layer on a serving platter. Top with a quarter of the frosting. Top with the pumpkin-nut cake layer. Top with a quarter of the frosting. Top with remaining plain cake layer; spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 742 calories, 31g fat (9g saturated fat), 36mg cholesterol, 270mg sodium, 113g carbohydrate (79g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


Average Rating: 4.75
  • Alicia1022
    Dec 31, 1969

    I absolutely love this recipe I make it every year for my husband thanksgiving feast at work and get great comments....:)

  • abcramer
    Oct 21, 2012

    This is an excellent cake! I used buttermilk instead of water and mini cinnamon chips instead of white chips. Will make again!

  • smanjela
    Oct 20, 2012

    This is a really good, decadent dessert. Picn1k, vanilla or white chips are sold alongside the chocolate chips in the baking aisle. Just white chocolate chips in other words.

  • picn1k
    Oct 20, 2012

    I have a question; what does 1-1/3 cups vanilla or white chips mean?

  • mw68
    Oct 19, 2012

    This is for Gloria. You can buy sugar free cake mix and use brown sugar splenda instead of brown sugar. Frosting use 1 8 oz cream cheese and sugar free cool whip mixed together. If you want sweet, add splenda to it.

  • Gloria H
    Oct 19, 2012

    Sound delicious. Just wish it somehow could be made so that as a diabetic I could eat it. Over two meals worth of calories and carbs in one piece of cake!

  • moiche
    Oct 19, 2012

    really? starting with a box mix? If I have to doctor it, might as well start from flour and eggs, and leave out all the preservatives in the box mix!

  • stroblkristin
    Oct 19, 2012

    awesome torte

  • rgardner2
    Jun 10, 2012

    I make this cake for fall get togethers and I always get requests for the recipe.

  • Cork0214
    Dec 22, 2010

    My family loved this recipe! It has become our new tradition for Christmas dessert!

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