Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe

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We sometimes call this Thanksgiving Cake because it's a tasty alternative to pumpkin pie, but we don't relegate it to just that holiday. I think you'll agree it's delicious any time of the year.—Kathy Rhoads, Circleville, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:16-20 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16-20 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Cream cheese frosting or whipped cream

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 272 calories, 14 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 39 mg cholesterol, 303 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the dry cake mix, eggs, pumpkin, water, oil, pudding mix and cinnamon. Beat at medium speed for 5 minutes. Stir in pecans.
  2. Pour into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Bake at 350° for 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Frost cake or serve with whipped cream. Store in refrigerator. Yield: 16-20 servings.
Originally published as Pumpkin Spice Cake in Taste of Home October/November 1993, p65

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Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"Easy, delicious and moist. Everyone loved it"

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Reviewed Nov. 19, 2015

"Made this for a family dinner. Delicious! My husband is not a big dessert eater but said I should have made two since there wasn't much left (had to send some home with my granddaughter ... she also LOVED it!)"

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Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"Loved this - it was incredibly moist. I took it to a Halloween party last night and had 3 people tell me how delicious it was. It tasted more of a spice cake than pumpkin cake. I added a cream cheese frosting (4 oz. cream cheese, 3 T maple syrup, 1 1/2 c powdered sugar, 1 T milk) that I highly recommend adding on top. A keeper!!!"

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dsm
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2015

"I hesitated to try this cake because I'm not fond of pumpkin, but this I like! It is easy to make; the spice cake mix is a great base. I usually love pecans but will leave them out next time -- I actually like the texture without the nuts. Used Cool Whip rather than cream cheese frosting or maple glaze which would have been too sweet for us. I set the timer for 45 minutes and it was absolutely done so will check earlier next time."

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Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013

"I have made this many times and it is always a hit. I just got through making it again. This time I had some left over canned frosting in the refrigerator . I mixed it with 2 heaping tablespoons of pumpkin spiced cream cheese. I did add 1 T. of milk for easier mixing. The pumpkin cream cheese frosting with the pumpkin spiced cake gets 5 stars and 2 thumbs up!"

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