slice of the cake

Ok….I admittedly am one of those autumn band-wagonners that LOVE all things pumpkin.  How can you blame me?  Especially after working for Starbucks for two years, I couldn’t NOT get into the pumpkin spice craze that left me craving lattes, muffins, breads, pies, and all things that taste like FALL.

September is seriously my favorite time of year.  Heck, I was born in September, married in September, and I wouldn’t mind going out in September….however, this post is going to be made in October…the next best month, because September was hella busy for me.  I was in a musical, and began long-term substitute teaching, which, needless to say, left me virtually no time to post more blogs in that month.  I wish I could make more.  But unlike other full-time bloggers, this is not my only gig.  I have a day job.  And I have other hobbies outside of this.  Don’t get me wrong—I LOVE to post recipes, but life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.  So apologies for not posting more last month!

Let’s not waste any more time….and let’s get baking!!!

I have seen many a different pumpkin spice cake out there.  The easiest being to follow a box spice cake recipe, but add canned pumpkin and an extra egg.  That’s all good, well, and fine except I love to make things from scratch when I can!


*(this recipe used two, round 8″ fill-n-flip pans)  <—click to see* from Bed, Bath, & Beyond.

**NOTE:  You may have about a cup or more of leftover batter.  I put this into a small ramekin baker dish and made an extra little cake on the side.  Sorry for any inconvenience! 🙂


Dry Ingredients: 

2  3/4 cups all-purpose flour **King Arthur*
1 Tablespoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1 teaspoons of nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of powdered ginger
2 cups of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt

Wet Ingredients: 

1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) of unsalted butter – softened.   (Slice it up and lay out on wax papered plate atop a preheating oven to help it soften naturally —do not microwave).   Challenge butter is my favorite

4 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil 
1 can (15oz)  pumpkin (do not use pumpkin pie filling)
1/2 cup milk (almond milk works too) 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

*Now, most of the time when you’re making cake, you want to cream the butter and sugars first, then add eggs, etc.

This method uses reverse creaming, which makes the cake turn out more dense, more like a pumpkin bread.  The reason I chose this method is because I used a special fill-n-flip cake pan I got for my birthday.  You can by all means use two round 8″ cake pans, but this special pan set allows me to fill the middle with a surprise filling!  It’s made to fit the top over the bottom, like a puzzle.  So awesome!

NOTE*** This recipe will also fill three 8″x2″ round cake pans.  You make have a little leftover.

In a large bowl add the dry ingredients (flour, powder, soda, spices, sugar, and salt). Mix for about 30 seconds so all will be well blended. Slowly add softened butter a few slices at a time. Beat for approximately 1 – 1 1/2 minutes until the dry ingredients are moistened by the butter. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. It should resemble a batter like this:

pumpkin batter close up

I could seriously just eat this by itself…pumpkin batter

In another bowl combine the remaining wet ingredients–eggs, oil, pumpkin, milk and vanilla. Whisk until well blended and set aside.

Gradually add about 1/2 of the egg mixture, beating at medium speed for 1 1/2 minutes. Scrape bottom and sides of the bowl. Add the rest of the egg mixture in 2 pourings and beating 20 seconds each. Basically, just add the rest of the wet ingredients a little bit at a time.

Bake at 350º for 30 – 35 minutes.   Let cool in pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a clean surface.  Putting them in the fridge will cool them faster.  

While  you’re letting the cakes cool, prepare your filling/icing:


Filling (more yellow colored)

1 package of instant vanilla pudding 

1 cup of milk to prepare the pudding

1 cup of whipped topping 

1/3 brick of softened cream cheese

2 or 3 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice to taste 

Pour pudding mix and milk into a large bowl and mix by hand with a spoon until combined.  Add one extra ingredient at a time and use electric mixer to beat together, on medium speed.

For a fill-n-flip cake, fill the bottom half with 1/3 of the filling.

pumpkin fillingThe bottom half will have a very obvious well in the center where to put the filling.  Carefully set the other cake half on top.  My top half ended up being too rounded because I overfilled the pan.  pumpkin cake baked

pumpkin cake rose too much

I cut off the top with a serrated knife to even it out.  You do not have to do this.  Very carefully spread the remaining filing onto completely cooled cake with a spoon.

shave off the top pumpkin cake


1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 tablespoons milk

Mix powdered sugar, vanilla and milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, until spreadable (mixture will thicken slightly as it sets).

Drizzle with a spoon over the completely frosted cake.

Top with a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg….or both!

finished pumpkin cake

This is just cruel…

forsted pumpkin cake

Yeah, I’m into fitness….fitness whole cake in my mouth!!!!

icing close up

I can’t even….

pumpkin cake slice back of pumpkin cake slice pumpkin cake with hipster filter

Seriously, if you don’t love this cake, there is something wrong with you…

inside look at pumpkin cake

Life is short, eat dessert first.

forsted pumpkin cake


(I didn’t even have any crumbs leftover to photograph, so no empty plate photo this time!)

11 thoughts on “PUMPKIN SPICE CAKE

  1. Kori,

    This is absolutely wonderful!! You make this look so easy. I really like that pan that has the hole in it so you can add the pudding. When I was your age, my mom use to make a Boston Cream Pie which was my favorite cake for a long time. It had a cream mixture in the middle. As I sit here and think about your cake, I think one thing I would do to simplify it for me is I would get a spice cake mix and take your cream middle and put that between the two layers and then your frosting on top. This is called dumbing it down!! 🙂

    My mom has a raisin spice cake recipe, and she would never share it with anyone. I have the recipe, and I made it once, and it was soooo heavy that I don’t know what I did wrong. I should try it again some time. This is the time of year for it. The frosting she had on it was delicious, too.

    Have a wonderful week teaching, and make more desserts when you can!



    1. You know I had that problem as well, because the recipe is normally for 8″ or 9″ round pans, but because the flip pans have negative space to make room for the middle filling, I ended up with extra as well. I will add an addendum to the post noting that. I ended up pouring the extra into a ramekin and baking a mini cake on the side 🙂


      1. Thanks for your response! I did go back and read your “note” that says it fills 3 8″ rounds, so there might be some left over. I actually put the rest of the batter into a loaf pan. I wasn’t about to let that go to waste 🙂 The cake was hit, I’ll be making it again for sure!


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