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Pumpkin Pecan Cake

Packed with warm pumpkin flavor and spices, this lightened-up version of Shirley Dellinger's recipe baked up even taller than the original! But our Test Kitchen brought it in at just about half the fat, saturated fat and cholesterol—with 187 fewer calories per slice! That's a sweet success Shirley's family in Elwood, Indiana can savor.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 40 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    18 servings


  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups canola oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, beat the pumpkin, sugar, oil and eggs until well blended. Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into pumpkin mixture until blended. Stir in pecans.
  • Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth. Frost cake. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 532 calories, 31g fat (9g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 376mg sodium, 61g carbohydrate (46g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • debpenns
    Nov 24, 2019

    loved this cake very moist and lots of flavor deb P VFE

  • iobible
    May 28, 2011

    I have made this cake 5 or 6 times. I have never seen people rave about a dessert this much. I bake them as cupcakes now because it is easier to serve. Everyone alwys wants 2 or 3. Definitely reccommend!

  • gracemodrow
    Oct 10, 2010

    My friend who is an excellent cook raved about this cake when I made it for her Thanksgiving party.

  • BrendainPa
    Sep 11, 2009

    This doesn't look like a makeover to me--31g of fat & over 500 calories? I'd cut the oil in half & sub. some egg whites for whole eggs as well.