Pumpkin Cake

Y’all this is literally the best pumpkin cake I have ever had, maybe the best cake ever! This Pumpkin Cake is exactly what the title says: light and fluffy! It is topped with a whipped cream cheese icing and drizzled with caramel sauce. You’re going to want to bookmark this one, because you won’t be able to just make it once!

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What ingredients do I need?

  • Granulated sugar
  • Unsalted butter
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Cream cheese
  • Vanilla extract
  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Cold water
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Ready to make this Pumpkin Cake?

Pumpkin Cake

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray an 8×8 pan (I used this one) with non-stick spray and lay parchment paper in a cross shape in the bottom of the pan. This will make it easy to lift the cake out of the pan when it has cooled.

Step 2: In a large bowl with a hand mixer (I used this one) or in the bowl of a stand mixer beat the sugar and softened butter until light and fluffy. Add the pumpkin puree and beat until fully combined.

Step 3: Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed

Step 4: In a small bowl combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk to combine.

Step 5: Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix until just combined.

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Step 6: Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Step 7: Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting

Step 1: In a medium bowl combine the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Mix until fully combined.

Step 2: In a separate bowl beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Be sure not to over whip the cream.

Step 3: Add about 1/4 of the whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture and combine fully. Add the rest of the whipped cream and gently fold until combined.

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Caramel Sauce

Step 1: In a medium saucepan (I used this one) combine the sugar and water over medium-high heat. Let cook, without stirring, for about 10 minutes or until the sugar turns a medium amber color.

Step 2: While the sugar cooks warm the heavy cream in a small saucepan over low heat. Be sure not to boil.

Step 3: When the sugar is ready slowly add the heavy cream. Whisk constantly for 2 minutes.

Step 4: Remove from heat and add the butter. Whisk until butter is melted and smooth. Let cool.

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Assembly

Step 1: When the cake has cooled completely gently lift it out of the pan. Spread the frosting (I used this offset spatula) on top of the cake. You might not use all of the frosting.

Step 2: When the caramel has cooled drizzle it on top of the cake.

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5 from 2 votes

Pumpkin Cake

This pumpkin cake is light and moist. It is topped with a whipped cream cheese frosting and drizzled with caramel sauce.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cake, Caramel, cream cheese, pumpkin, pumpkin cake
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 503kcal
Cost: $10

Ingredients

For Pumpkin Cake:

  • 2 cups (396 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 sticks (226 grams) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 15oz can pumpkin puree
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups (240 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For Frosting:

  • 1/2 block (4 oz) cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (99 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

For Caramel:

  • 1/2 cup (99 grams) granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon (14 grams) unsalted butter

Instructions

For Pumpkin Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray an 8×8 pan with non-stick spray and use parchment paper to make a cross shape. This will help when removing it from the pan.
  • In a large bowl beat the sugar and room temperature butter until fully combined and fluffy. Add the pumpkin puree and beat until fully combined.
  • Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between each addition.
  • In a small bowl combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture and mix until just combined.
  • Pour the batter in the prepared pan and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.

For Frosting:

  • In a medium bowl combine the room temperature cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Mix until fully combined.
  • In a separate medium bowl whip the cream until stiff peaks form. Be sure not to over whip.
  • Add about 1/4 of the whipped cream into the cream cheese and mix until completely combined. Add the rest of the whipped cream and gently fold into the cream cheese mixture.

For Caramel:

  • In a medium saucepan combine the sugar and water over medium-high heat. Let cook, without stirring, for about 10 minutes or until the mixture turns a medium amber color.
  • While the sugar cooks warm the heavy cream in a small saucepan over low heat.
  • When the sugar is ready slowly add the heavy cream, whisking constantly for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add butter. Whisk until melted and smooth. Let cool.

Assembly:

  • When the cake has cooled spread the frosting over the cake. You may not use all of the frosting.
  • When the caramel sauce has cooled drizzle it over the frosting.

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 69.6g | Protein: 5.7g | Fat: 24.2g | Saturated Fat: 12.7g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 473mg | Potassium: 142mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 51.4g | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg

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