How to Make Pumpkin Spice Cake with Layers and Frosting and Everything!

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So, you would like to make dessert for the harvest season, but pumpkin pie seems so passe. Well, give pumpkin cake a try. This spiced treat includes a sweet caramel and cream cheese frosting that will knock your socks off - assuming you wear them.

I have adapted the recipe from Bon Apetit (you will notice the magazine in some of the pix), mostly because I just can't do exactly as told. Ever. My advice for those of you inspired by this Instructable is to follow the basic instructions and not to copy my actions - unless you like to take the long way.

Always make sure you have ingredients and hardware on hand BEFORE starting the project. Just this once, I was prepared and did not have to run out midway - thanks to my previous pumpkin torte success/debacle, I had already purchased heavy whipping cream.

The Hardware
2 9" round cake pans
big mixing bowl - or three, if you don't want to wash between steps
2 smaller bowls
A marvelous electric mixer - if not, then a sturdy spoon, lots of patience, and serious biceps.
a long serrated knife
a rubber spatula
a wide dull knife (aka frosting spatula)

The Cake Ingredients
3 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 15 oz. can pumpkin pie filling***
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs

The Frosting Ingredients
1 1# box powdered sugar
1/2 cup + 1Tbsp heavy whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 8oz. package cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

***The original recipe called for pure pumpkin , 1 1/2 cup sugar, and a host of spices. To save time, I hacked it and used Libby's pie filling, decreasing sugar. It worked.

noahw6 years ago
This is a great Instructable, but in order for it to be entered into the Burning Questions contest group its got to be titled exactly as the Burning Question appears on the "wanted list".
squeakpickle (author)  noahw6 years ago
I thought about that, and decided the title "How to Make Cake" would be sneaky and misleading. This is not an overview on the specifics of cake making, but a set of instructions on how to make a specific dessert. So I sacrificed a sure shot at the Burning Questions for truth and honesty and userfriendliness, hoping Instructables would understand, maybe bend some rules. Alas, you have stood firm. S'OK. Now I can stand tall, just not adorned with a robot Tee. *sigh* Next time.