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Pumpkin-Pecan Spice Cake Recipe

Pumpkin-Pecan Spice Cake Recipe

I'm a wife and mother of eight children. I like baking more than cooking, so I enjoy dressing up a spice cake mix with nuts, canned pumpkin and a homemade cream cheese frosting to create this fabulous dessert. —Joyce Platfoot, Wapakoneta, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:20 servings


  • 2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 60 wafers)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • CAKE:
  • 1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/3 cups butter, softened
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • Pecan halves


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the wafers, pecans and butter until crumbly. Press into three greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans.
  • 2. For cake, in another large bowl, beat the cake mix, pumpkin, eggs and butter; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on high for 2 minutes. Spread over crust in each pan.
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 4. For filling, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth.
  • 5. Spread filling between layers (crumb side down) and on the sides and top of cake. Spread caramel topping over top, allowing some to drip down the sides. Garnish with pecan halves. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 16-20 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 614 calories, 36g fat (18g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 471mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (56g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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stephrae User ID: 6656051 257231
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2016

"This was great. I did as another reviewer recommended and did more crust and it may have been a little bit too much, however this turned out great and was loved by all at Thanksgiving . I also doubled the frosting. I will be making this again!"

ConnieSue64 User ID: 7114251 3680
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2014

"I LOVED this cake!! A few things: I would make a bit more of the crumb mixture as it was difficult to coat all of the pans with said amount. (about 1/2 more). I lined my pans with parchment paper and baking spray, it worked great!!! I would double the amount of cream cheese frosting, this amount is very small to spread over an already crumbly surface! I WILL make this again!!!!!!"

ferndale52 User ID: 4154455 21362
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"this cake is not for the dieter...the frosting is just wonderful with the dense, moistness of the pumpkin cake. the cookie pecan crumble adds lots of texture and interest to this cake."

Melindasueday User ID: 4028797 9557
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013

"this cake is awesome. I have been making it for over a decade and everyone loves it who has ever tasted it. It is a little more work but it looks very nice when you get it put together and is delicious."

REnriquez User ID: 5295736 10831
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2013

"Won't make again"

hueletl28 User ID: 6394034 10364
Reviewed Apr. 29, 2013

"This cake is fantastic! my daughters boyfriend doesn't like cake but he loved this cake. It went so fast I only got one piece. This I will make again and again.

Thank you!!!"

girlygirlcoleman User ID: 5622858 18424
Reviewed Nov. 23, 2011

"This is such a moist and delicious won't be disappointed!!!"

girlygirlcoleman User ID: 5622858 10916
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2011

"This cake is super moist and has so much flavor, always a hit during the holidays!!"

girlygirlcoleman User ID: 5622858 22956
Reviewed Nov. 22, 2010

"This cake is so moist and delicious. Guaranteed to be a hit at any holiday gathering!"

alpaulson User ID: 5046641 9051
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2010

"My customers loved this elaborate looking cake. It was tasty and moist, just wonderful!!"

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