Celebrate and enjoy a serving of this indulgent pumpkin spice cake.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
additional:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
16 servings
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) round baking pans. Beat cake mix, 1 cup pumpkin, milk, oil, eggs and 1 teaspoon spice in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Pour into prepared pans.

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  • Bake 28 to 30 min. or until toothpick inserted in centres comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 min. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely. Beat cream cheese in small bowl with mixer until creamy. Add sugar, remaining pumpkin and spice; mix well. Gently stir in Cool Whip.

  • Cut each cake layer horizontally in half with serrated knife; stack on serving plate, spreading cream cheese filling between layers. (Do not frost top layer.) Drizzle with caramel topping just before serving; sprinkle with nuts. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

370 calories; protein 5g 10% DV; carbohydrates 46.5g 15% DV; fat 18.9g 29% DV; cholesterol 65.5mg 22% DV; sodium 391.4mg 16% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2008
I made this cake for Thanksgiving last year and everyone requested it again this year. I made 5 cakes for Thanksgiving this year!!! My only suggestions would be to double up on the ingredients when making cake to make a pretty fuller cake I mix isn't enough. When you double up it comes out sooo much prettier! I also added vanilla to it. But aside from that the cake is perfect as is try it! You will impress everyone I promise! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/09/2009
I used this exact recipe for my brother's birthday cake a couple years ago and we didn't care for it. I followed it exactly and it was very pretty but not anything I'd ever make again. Read More
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120 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 104
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2008
I made this cake for Thanksgiving last year and everyone requested it again this year. I made 5 cakes for Thanksgiving this year!!! My only suggestions would be to double up on the ingredients when making cake to make a pretty fuller cake I mix isn't enough. When you double up it comes out sooo much prettier! I also added vanilla to it. But aside from that the cake is perfect as is try it! You will impress everyone I promise! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2008
YUM!! Using just once cake mix the rounds weren't big enough to cut in half so I just made it a two layer cake and put more of the filling on top and then drizzled the caramel syrup all over it. My hubby couldn't get enough of it even though it's not part of his Weight Watcher's plan! I also made my own pumpkin pie spice just used cinnamon cloves nutmeg and ginger. This recipe is definitely a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/27/2008
I screwed this recipe up in several places and it still turned out great! I ended up making the yellow cake mix according to the directions (high altitude) on the box and added an entire can of pumpkin to the batter. I baked it in a bundt pan and it came out perfect. I made the frosting without the pumpkin since I had accidentally used it all in the cake mix - still tasted great. I only made two layers of frosting - one in the middle and one on the top. I poured carmel sauce over the frosting and then topped with chopped pecans. It looked and tasted fabulous! My guests were even taking pictures of it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2008
I made this cake for the fire fighters at my brother's station. There was not ONE crumb left they loved it so much. All of them said the best part was the frosting. This was a very easy cake to make and I will be making it again tomorrow for Thanksgiving. I did not change anything in the recipe. The only thing I might do different tomorrow is chop up the pecans and sprinkle them on each layer of frosting. The caramel wasn't needed either...it was sweet enough but fun to use for presentation. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2009
I made this recipe for a girls night dinner and it was a HIT! It's very impressing since it's 4 layers and looks fancy- but it's very easy and supper yummy! If you like pumpkin- you MUST try! Next time I think i'll leave the pumpkin out of the filling so the cream cheese flavor is stronger. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/23/2008
I did not have any pumpkin spice so in place of the 1 tsp pumpkin spice for the cake part of the recipe I used 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 1/8 tsp ground cloves and 1/4 tsp ginger. The cake turned out delicious! However one of my two cakes stuck very badly to the pan and could not be salvaged. But I was more careful removing the other one and went ahead and made it by itself (so I had only a 2 layer cake instead of 4) and it actually turned out to be a better size for the occasion anyway. Instead of the cream cheese filling I made a pumpkin spice filling using 1 pkg pumpkin spice instant pudding 1 cup milk and 1 1/2 cups whipped cream. It was fabulous! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2010
I wish I could rate this a 10 this was seriously one of the most amazing cakes I've ever had. My favorite cake otherwise is Carrot and the texture and taste of the whip cream frosting reminded me of it. It was way good! I only changed one thing I used 1/3 cup of apple sauce and 1/4 cup oil. (If I recall)....I love adding a lot of apple sauce to my cakes it always makes it so good.The apple sauce just makes it so much than when using oil. I used Hershey's caramel and drizzled it not only over the top but added more to my own slice. After letting it soak over night in the cake it had the most richest sweetest taste it was really to die for. Wouldn't change anything else it was wonderful! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2010
My hubbies all time fav!! I'm an accomplished baker and I made this on a whim!! He had no idea it was only semi- homemade I kinda don't want to tell him how easy it was to make! Put flour on my face and whined about how much trouble I went to! Hope my secret is safe!! JK!! Definetly a keeper!! Added vanilla to filling mix (3/4) tsp. Much better..recipe is fine the way it is just take care slicing cakes in half!! Take your time and use a serrated knife! No trouble at all!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2011
Loved this cake. Doubled the recipe as suggested by some way to much cake. Will only use one cake next time. Everyone loved this! A definite keeper. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/09/2009
I used this exact recipe for my brother's birthday cake a couple years ago and we didn't care for it. I followed it exactly and it was very pretty but not anything I'd ever make again. Read More
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