Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Cake

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Honey Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Be sure to use canned pumpkin puree — not pumpkin pie filling or fresh pumpkin puree.

  • prep: 25 minutes
    total time: 2 hours 30 minutes  * Reviewer baked for 10 minutes more.
  • servings: 9


1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter melted, plus more for pan
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice (or 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon,
3/4 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon each allspice and cloves
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin puree


Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Butter a 9-inch square baking pan.
In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin-pie spice.
In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugar. butter, and pumpkin puree until combined.
Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture, and mix gently until smooth.
Turn batter into prepared pan, and smooth top.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes.
Cool cake 10 minutes in pan, then turn out of pan, and cool completely, right side up, on a rack.


For the Honey Frosting

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, very soft
1 bar (8 ounces) regular (or reduced-fat) cream cheese very soft
1/4 cup honey

Make Honey Frosting: In a medium bowl, whisk butter, cream cheese, and honey until smooth.
Spread top of cooled cake with honey frosting. Cut cake into squares to serve.

Credit: Recipe and photograph are owned by Martha Stewart.
* Review  Tasted like sweeter pumpkin bread.