06 November 2013

Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Cake W/Cream Cheese Frosting

Photo By: Love Laughter & Decor

Just in time for Thanksgiving, a pumpkin cake recipe that's sure to be a hit at your dessert table!
  This cake not only looks good, but tastes delicious too!

Last year, I made this adorable cake for my mother's birthday.  Being that she is a lover of all things pumpkin, I thought it was the perfect match.  I found a two ingredient pumpkin cake recipe online and made some minor adjustments/tweaks (seen below).  I also wanted the cake to be more festive, so I turned the "normal" bundt cake into a sitting pumpkin.  

* Please note: If you want your pumpkin to appear more round you could use two stacked bunt cakes.  

I hope you enjoy this recipe!  

Warm Wishes,

Pumpkin Cake Recipe

  • 1 - Box Duncan Hines French Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 1 - 15oz Can of Pumpkin
  • 3 - Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup - Cinnamon Applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp - Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1/2 tsp - Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Cup - Sugar

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Generously grease bundt pan.
  • In a large bowl, mix together ingredients (in the order as they appear).
  • Bake for 30 minutes in preheated oven, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.  
  • Cool, and then frost.

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe 

  • 8 oz - Cream Cheese (room temp.)
  • 1 stick - Unsalted Butter (room temp.)
  • 2 cups  - Confectioner's Sugar 
  • 1 tsp - Vanilla Extract 


  • Place cream cheese in a large bowl; fold in butter.  Gradually add (sifted) confectioner's sugar.  Mix on low/medium until well blended.  Add vanilla extract (add more or less until you achieve desired taste).  

Royal Icing Leaves & Vines

  • 3 tbsp. - Meringue Powder
  • 4 cups - Confectioner's Sugar 
  • 6 tbsp. - Warm Water

  • Mix ingredients with a heavy duty mixer for about 10 minutes.  When mixture is smooth and shiny your done!

Pumpkin Stem
  • Ice Cream Cone
  • Melting Chocolate

  • Melt chocolate, then dip cone.  Use a knife to smooth chocolate onto cone (I used the serrated side of the knife to make lines on the cone.  I felt this gave the stem a more realistic appearance).


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