Pumpkin Cake with Whipped Cinnamon Frosting

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling


16 servings

Updated: Sep. 09, 2022
My mom made this for me, and one bite can completely take me back to my childhood. You can easily convert it into a great carrot cake recipe: just use grated carrots in place of pumpkin and add raisins. —Melissa Pelkey Hass, Waleska, Georgia
Pumpkin Cake with Whipped Cinnamon Frosting Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 7-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Cinnamon sugar, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottoms of 2 greased 9-in. round pans with parchment; grease parchment.
  2. Beat eggs, sugar and oil until well blended. In another bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt, ginger and allspice; gradually beat into egg mixture. Stir in pumpkin and pecans.
  3. Transfer to prepared pans. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 25-30 minutes.
  4. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove parchment. Cool completely.
  5. For frosting, beat butter, cinnamon and vanilla until creamy. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar and enough cream to reach desired consistency.
  6. Using a long serrated knife, cut each cake horizontally in half. Spread 3/4 cup frosting between layers; spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. If desired, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 687 calories, 33g fat (11g saturated fat), 88mg cholesterol, 297mg sodium, 97g carbohydrate (82g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.