Pumpkin Cake

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I hope everyone is getting out to vote today!! Luckily, Utah has early voting so we voted a couple weeks ago, but we will be following the results today. What an exciting time!!

Now, onto another recipe from our early Thanksgiving feast. I am not a big fan of pumpkin pie…gasp! I know, terrible, huh? I know it is a tradition, but we didn’t have it this time around. I did make a pumpkin cake though so the pumpkin was still represented.

The cake was fantastic!! Easy to whip up and even better once I slathered cream cheese frosting on the top! If you aren’t a fan of pumpkin pie, try this at your holiday meal. I am pretty sure the pie won’t be missed.


4 eggs
1  2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup oil

1 teaspoon vanilla
One 15 ounce can pumpkin
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda

Cream Cheese Frosting
One package of cream cheese (I used reduced fat)
½ cup (1 stick) butter softened
2-3 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Using an electric mixer at medium speed, combine the eggs, sugar, oil, vanilla, and pumpkin until light and fluffy. Stir together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and baking soda. Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix at low speed until thoroughly combined and the batter is smooth.

3. Spread the batter in a greased 9 by 13 inch baking pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before frosting.

4. To make the icing: Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until smooth. Add the sugar and mix at low speed until combined. Stir in the vanilla and mix again. Spread on cooled pumpkin cake.

Also, a big thank you to Kristen of Black Lab Baker for giving us the I love you THIS much award. Thank you!!! We love you too:) We are passing the award onto Colleen of Cooking This and That. We love your blog!

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I'm Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Yum, that cake looks fantastic! I was in need of a dessert idea for this weekend and I think this might be it!

  2. Made this cake tonight and it was so good! No frosting needed because it is sweet enough.
    So moist I made cake pops out of half of it and I didn’t even need to add frosting to the dough! Keeper!!!

  3. Made these as cupcakes, they were the hit of my party. I’ve been told I have to make more for another party i’m going to this week. great recipe thanks.

  4. As an Innkeper I only serve my guest what I consider the best of the best and I found that in this coffee cake.. Moist ! Not overly sweet tasting for the amount of sugar and just the perfect amount of spices….I wouldn’t Chang a thing. I you like pumpkin bread, look no further, Debbie, Innnkeeper of 18 years. 
    Now I just need to find a gluten free version that tastes this good….. 

    1. All you need to do is use cup 4 cup gluten free flour in place of regular flour. Works great every time.

  5. Not sure what I did the first time—-but so glad I tried it again, and again and again.  I get absolute raves over this cake and am making one for a friend’s Thanksgiving.  It was a smash at our office “Harvest luncheon”.   The cake is moist and flavorful and the cream cheese icing is light and incredible.   I will make this again and again and again. 

  6. This was very delicious! It seems to taste even better the next day! I added an extra egg since my hens lay medium eggs!

  7. This was delicious and moist! I will make it again! I used 5 ounces of cream cheese in the frosting instead of what was called for and it was just right for us! Thinking a little healthier too !! I put a few pieces in the freezer to have on hand for “surprise visitors”!

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