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No-Fuss Pumpkin Cake

In Larsen, Wisconsin, Nancy Heider makes the most of convenience items to come up with this moist old-fashioned cake. "It goes together quickly," she writes. "That's a plus for me, because I have a husband who loves desserts."
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    20-24 servings


  • 1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened


  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin pie spice; beat on low for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  • Pour into a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, beat frosting and cream cheese until smooth; spread over cake. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 239 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 194mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • Beth
    Nov 22, 2018

    My oldest son asks for this cake for his February! It is easy to put together, moist and flavorful. I recommend it to anyone who will listen! A great addition to your holiday table.

  • NanZim
    Nov 8, 2017

    This was easy and quick to make. It is moist with a distinct pumpkin flavor.

  • ebramkamp
    Nov 2, 2017

    This is a delicious moist cake. The aroma while it is baking is absolutely enticing. The only change I made to this recipe was to use homemade cinnamon cream cheese frosting. Have copies of the recipe on hand as you will be asked for them. Definitely a keeper.

  • Norabel
    Oct 12, 2015

    That was so good everyone loved it I put a little cinnamon in the frosting .make this cake.

  • Carolanne11
    Sep 25, 2015

    Love this recipe so easy and my family loves it. Was thinking of adding bananas instead of pumpkin. Has anyone tried this?

  • Countrypatty
    Nov 23, 2014

    Great recipe. I have made it several times for different events with requests for the recipe every time. The only changes I have made are to leave out the extra sugar in the cake and to add cinnamon to the icing.

  • mjfarra
    Jan 1, 2014

    I love this recipe. I've made it eight times since discovering it last year and it always tastes and smells great - no one ever wants just one piece!

  • jeanc1
    Nov 19, 2013

    Moist, easy to make and taste great. A good in the hurry to make cake. Frosting is excellent.

  • lmmcnew
    Jun 15, 2012

    Add a few nuts, leave out the sugar bake in loaf pans and it makes a delicious pumpkin bread! This sort of cake is always too sweet to me with the frosting and being diabetic I don't need the added sugar.

  • HappyHomemaker88
    Nov 9, 2011

    Excellent recipe and so easy! A keeper for me :)