This is the BEST pumpkin cake recipe! It’s a super moist fall cake recipe with fluffy cream cheese frosting.

Yes friends, it’s that time of the year! Pumpkin flavor is back in our lives, and I for one could not be more excited about it! We had a hard, hot summer here in Kansas City and the flavors of fall are so welcome. Bring on pumpkin season and pumpkin desserts, y’all! 

a photo of a slice of pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting and walnuts

This delicious Pumpkin Dream Cake recipe is an easier adaptation of a classic fall dessert. I cheat a little bit by using a spice cake mix!

But, instead of the classic cake mix additions like vegetable oil, we use a pure pumpkin puree and egg mixture for the wet ingredients. The addition of the pumpkin puree makes the cake extra moist with a tender crumb! 

a photo of a slice of pumpkin cake on a wood board

I love that it only takes 10 minutes to get this cake in the oven, and it makes your house smell amazing.

This easy cake recipe is so simple and easy to make for your family and friends. This recipe starts with a spice cake mix, pumpkin puree, and fluffy homemade cream cheese frosting. We add cinnamon and pumpkin spice seasoning for extra flavor.

an overhead photo of a pumpkin spice cake in a casserole dish

The flavors in the cake pair perfectly with the homemade cinnamon cream cheese frosting. It’s the perfect fall dessert.

Recipe Substitutions:

  • You can substitute pumpkin pie filling for the pumpkin puree, pie spice and cinnamon in the cake batter. 
  • Pumpkin Bundt Cake: Use a Bundt pan 
  • Yes, you can use homemade pumpkin puree instead of the canned pumpkin puree. 
  • Use a carrot cake mix instead of the spice cake mix. 

Looking for more pumpkin recipes? Try my Easy Pumpkin Soup.


Use this delicious cake recipe to make pumpkin cupcakes or muffins.

You also can use the batter 2 round cakes. This makes for a beautiful layer cake!

Or, use a Bundt pan for a Bundt cake! 

Serving Suggestions: 

I included instructions for the BEST cream cheese frosting! I like to top this cake with with walnuts, but pecans are delicious as well. 

If you want to save calories, consider dusting the cake with confectioners’ sugar and skipping the frosting!

Salted caramel sauce is AMAZING drizzled over the top of the frosting.

Or, consider serving for Halloween topped with black sprinkles! 

a photo of pumpkin cake ingredients

Storing Leftover Pumpkin Sheet Cake:

Cover your moist pumpkin sheet cake with plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container. Due to the cream cheese in the frosting, it will need to be refrigerated. 

a photo of a slice of pumpkin sheet cake with cream cheese frosting and walnuts

Easy Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: Serves 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

This is the BEST pumpkin cake recipe! It's a super moist pumpkin sheet cake with fluffy cream cheese frosting. 


For the pumpkin cake:

For the cream cheese frosting:

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

For topping:

  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Prepare a 9x13'' baking dish with cooking spray. 
  3. In a large mixing bowl add the dry ingredients for the cake batter: the spice cake mix, pumpkin pie spice, and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
  4. Add the wet ingredients: pumpkin puree and eggs.
  5. Mix with a spoon until fully combined. I do not recommend using a mixer, as it will cause the cake to dense, not fluffy.
  6. Transfer the cake mix to the prepared pan and smooth using a rubber spatula.
  7. Bake for 25-28 minutes or until a toothpick in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  8. Place the cake on a wire rack. Let the cake cool for 60 minutes. 
  9. Make the frosting in a large bowl. Add the powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter, vanilla and cinnamon. With a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat the ingredients, mixing for 6-8 minutes. I know this is a long time, but it will give you super light and fluffy frosting!
  10. Once the cake is completely cooled transfer the frosting to the cake. With a spatula evenly spread the frosting over the cooled cake. Once frosted sprinkle the top with the walnuts and any other toppings you'd like to add.

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