This pumpkin cake, in addition to its extraordinary maple cream cheese icing, is a recipe I established a long period of time ago for a post I composed for the Los Angeles Times about Thanksgiving. I was eliminating 2 birds with one stone (forgive the vacation pun) by making my editor along with The One delighted. (The One likes anything pumpkin. This cake has really vanquished his previous preferred fall dessert, pumpkin pie.)

Ever Since, this recipe has actually turned into one of those baked-around-the-Internet desserts, like my supreme chocolate chip cookies. I have actually seen my cake became some actually creative loaves, mini-Bundt cakes, and, my preferred, cupcakes. It appears to take well to any type you can believe to make it in.

What You’ll Require to Make This

Ingredients for pumpkin cake with maple cream cheese frosting--flour, sugars, maple syrup, spices, butter, cream cheese, eggs, buttermilk, and pumpkin.
  • Cake flour– The low gluten material of cake flour assists to offer this cake a light, airy texture.
  • Eggs– Usage room-temperature eggs for finest outcomes. They are more quickly included into the batter than cold eggs and will permit a much better increase in the cake.
  • Pumpkin puree– Usage canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) for this cake. I do not advise utilizing homemade pumpkin puree as it tends to be more watery than canned.
  • Cream cheese– Usage full-fat cream cheese for finest outcomes.

How to Make This Recipe

Two cake pans being prepared with parchment liners and a person whisking a bowl of dry ingredients.
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ° F. Line 2 8-inch cake pans with parchment rounds, then butter and flour the parchment.
  2. Blend the dry cake ingredients together in a bowl.
Brown sugar, butter, and spices in a mixing bowl, and the finished beaten butter and sugar mixture.
  1. Integrate the butter and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle accessory.
  2. Beat on medium speed till fluffy.
Egg being added to a bowl of pumpkin cake batter and an image of whipped batter.
  1. Include the eggs one at a time, whipping in between each addition.
  2. Scrape down the sides and beat till smooth.
Dry ingredients and then milk being added to cake batter in a stand mixer.
  1. Include 1/3 of the flour mix to the bowl, and beat till included.
  2. Pour in half of the buttermilk, and beat till smooth. Alternate including the staying flour and buttermilk to the bowl.
Pumpkin puree added to a bowl of cake batter, and the batter divided between two cake pans.
  1. Stir in the pumpkin till smooth.
  2. Divide the batter in between the 2 ready cake pans. Bake till a tester comes out tidy.
Ingredients for maple cream cheese frosting in the bowl of a stand mixer and the finished beaten frosting.
  1. To make the icing, integrate the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, and maple syrup in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle accessory.
  2. Beat till smooth and fluffy.
  3. Put together the layer cake by positioning one layer on a plate or cake stand and frosting the top of it. Include the 2nd layer, then frost the leading and sides with the staying icing.
A slice of frosted pumpkin cake on a plate with the remaining cake on a stand in the background.

Pumpkin Cake Frequently Asked Questions

My icing is too soft. How can I repair it?

Folks rave about this maple-cream cheese icing. Appropriately so. However it can tend to be a bit on the soft side– as in, maybe a little too soft if the cake requires to remain for a couple of hours in a warm cooking area. (And by “a warm cooking area,” we imply a kitchen area in which the Thanksgiving turkey is roasting and all 4 burners are blasting come Thanksgiving early morning.)

1. You can firm it up in the refrigerator before frosting the cake.

2. Plopping an additional stick of butter likewise works. The outcome is a stronger icing, without any sacrifice in taste, that has the ability to endure remaining for numerous hours in any environment.

4. If you can get your hands on the darker, more robust maple syrup previously referred to as Grade B and just recently redesignated as “Grade A Dark Color, Robust Taste,” the icing amazingly holds up like a champ and needs no additional butter.

4. You can likewise blend a little bit of the frosting with a tablespoon of cornstarch and beat it into the remainder of the icing.

Can I make this cake gluten-free?

Yes. Our readers have actually had success switching in a gluten-free all-purpose baking mix for the flour. This works finest when determined by weight.

Can I freeze pumpkin cake and cream cheese icing?

The unfrosted pumpkin cake and the maple cream cheese icing can be frozen individually for approximately 3 months. Entirely cool the cake layers on a rack, then firmly cover each in plastic before freezing. Freeze the icing in an airtight container. Defrost at space temperature level before putting together the cake.

Valuable Tips

  • It’s vital to utilize room-temperature ingredients for your icing to guarantee a smooth texture, otherwise, the icing can be bumpy.
  • If the icing appears soft after you have actually completed spreading it on the cake, pop the cake into the refrigerator for thirty minutes to let the icing company up.
  • Shop the cake, covered, at space temperature level for approximately 3 days.
A slice of pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting cut from a whole cake on a cake stand.

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If you make this recipe, or any meal on LC, think about leaving an evaluation, a star ranking, and your finest picture in the remarks listed below. I like speaking with you.– David

This cake is incredible! So tasty! I made it for my partner’s birthday 18 months earlier, and I’m still getting demands from individuals to make it for them, too.

Catherine

For the maple cream– cheese icing

Make the pumpkin cake

  • Crank the heat to 350 °( 175 ° C )and place a rack in the middle of the oven.

  • Butter 2 8-by-2-inch cake pans and line them with parchment circles cut to fit the pans. Butter the parchment and coat the pan with flour, tapping out any excess. (You can rather spritz the pans with cooking spray for baking, if that’s much easier for you than buttering and flouring.)

  • Blend the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and pepper in a bowl till well integrated. Take a whiff. Paradise.

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle accessory or in a big bowl utilizing a great old-fashioned hand mixer on medium speed, beat the butter, dark brown sugar, and granulated sugar till fluffy, about 5 minutes.

  • Plop the eggs, 1 at a time, into the bowl, beating and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Alternate including the flour and buttermilk mixes to the bowl, beginning and ending with the flour.

  • Scrape in the pumpkin and beat simply till the pumpkin is included and the cake batter is smooth.

  • Spoon the batter into the ready cake pans, dividing it equally. Offer each filled pan a great smack flat versus the counter to launch any air bubbles.

  • Bake the cakes till a toothpick placed in the center comes out tidy, 30 to 35 minutes. Let the cakes cool in the pans on a cake rack for 10 minutes. Thoroughly end up the cakes from the pans onto the rack, peel the parchment paper, turn them ideal side up, and let them cool totally.

Make the maple-cream cheese icing

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle accessory or in a bowl utilizing a great old-fashioned hand mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese, butter, confectioners’ sugar, and maple syrup till fluffy.

  • To put together the cake, position a cake layer on a plate or cake stand and kindly frost the top of it. Location the other cake on the top and frost the sides and leading, swirling the icing like the pro that you are.

    ☞ TESTER IDEA: If the icing appears a discuss the soft side, slip the cake in the refrigerator for a minimum of thirty minutes till the icing is set or, if you discover it before you frost the cake, see our note above the recipe.

  1. Usage room-temperature ingredients– It’s vital to utilize room-temperature ingredients for your icing to guarantee a smooth texture, otherwise, the icing can be bumpy.
  2. Storage– Shop the cake, covered, at space temperature level for approximately 3 days.
  3. Freezing– The cake and icing can be frozen individually for approximately 3 months. Wrap the cooled cake layers in plastic before freezing and stow away the icing in an airtight container. Defrost at space temperature level before putting together.

Serving: 1 piece Calories: 833 kcal Carbohydrates: 102 g Protein: 10 g Fat: 45 g Hydrogenated Fat: 26 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g Monounsaturated Fat: 11 g Trans Fat: 1 g Cholesterol: 171 mg Salt: 513 mg Potassium: 399 mg Fiber: 2 g Sugar: 74 g Vitamin A: 7517 IU Vitamin C: 2 mg Calcium: 182 mg Iron: 2 mg

Nutrition details is instantly computed, so ought to just be utilized as an approximation.

Recipe © 2013 David Leite. Images © 2013 David Leite. All rights scheduled.


This recipe was initially released on November 16, 2003.