Easy Pumpkin Pie Cake


This easy-to-make cake is from a cake mix box but no one will ever know. Add in a few ingredients and you've got a yummy, moist pumpkin cake. Garnish with chopped or whole walnuts, if desired.

closeup of a slice of layer cake
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
1 9-inch layer cake



  • 1 (15.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

  • 1 cup water

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger


  • 2 cups powdered sugar

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 (8 ounce) package Neufchatel cheese, softened

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two 9-inch cake pans.

  2. Combine cake mix, pumpkin puree, water, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger in a bowl; beat with an electric mixer until well incorporated. Pour batter into the prepared cake pans.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Run a table knife around the edges to loosen. Invert carefully onto a serving plate or cooling rack. Let cool, about 30 minutes.

  4. Meanwhile, combine powdered sugar, butter, Neufchatel cheese, vanilla extract, and cinnamon in a bowl; beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Fill and frost the cooled cake.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

381 Calories
18g Fat
52g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 381
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 82mg 27%
Sodium 331mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 5%
Total Sugars 37g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 73mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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