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Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Sauce

If a recipe has pumpkin in it, it's likely I'll enjoy it! This one resulted when I added my favorite key ingredient to an old recipe for spice cake that I had. Everyone who's tried it has enjoyed it. —Roberta Peck, Fort Hill, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Dash salt
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. In another bowl, beat the eggs, pumpkin and oil until smooth; add to the dry ingredients. Mix until well blended, about 1 minute.
  • Pour into a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For sauce, combine the brown sugar, flour and salt in a small saucepan. Stir in water and butter; bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cut cake into squares and serve with warm sauce.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 425 calories, 18g fat (3g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 215mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (49g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.
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  • julesinmd
    Oct 23, 2016

    This cake and sauce were fantastic! I love pumpkin and caramel, and put them together and you've got a real winner!! I served this to guests and they loved it, too. Can't wait til tomorrow when I can have another piece!!

  • nhersch
    Oct 12, 2014

    Very moist

  • TheSensibleMom
    Nov 24, 2013

    This cake was delicious! I made it in a bundt cake pan, and while I won't be doing that again because I didn't exactly like how the outside crust came out (I think it was the type of bundt cake pan I used), I did love this cake overall.

  • Titis_Kitchen
    Sep 28, 2013

    This is soooo good! Excellent recipe.

  • Tiggycat70
    Sep 18, 2012

    I made this for my family, we all love pumpkin. It was easy to make, with handy ingredients and my kids loved it. A big hit for us. The kids are already asking me to make it again.

  • KY_Cook
    Jan 21, 2012

    Wow, this is a TERRIFIC recipe! I recently tried it and took it to work with me, where it got rave reviews and people begged me to make them one. So yummy!

  • K. J.
    Aug 9, 2011

    This is a cake that tastes like pumpkin bread.The sauce was very good. It makes a lot and is very sweet . We are going to use the rest as a topping for homemade ice cream later. yum!

  • kar7158
    Mar 6, 2011

    Wonderfully delicious!!! I put this in a bundt cake pan and it turned out awesome. Also added some maple syrup in the carmel sauce and my husband couldn't get enough! Moist and wonderful - DEFINITELY a keeper!

  • Michelle90
    Nov 15, 2010

    EXCELLENT!!!!!!! Was SO delicious:) Will def make again....

  • willow97
    Oct 27, 2008

    This is a very good cake! I wasn't going to serve it right away so I poked holes in the top of the cake and poured the sauce over it. The sauce went down through the cake and wow, what a moist delicious cake!