Super Moist Pumpkin Spice Cake

As the leaves begin to change colors and the air turns crisp, it’s time to welcome one of the most beloved flavors of the season – pumpkin spice. The warm and comforting aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves wafting from the kitchen is enough to make anyone feel cozy. And what better way to embrace the spirit of fall than by baking a super moist pumpkin spice cake? In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the steps to create a delectable dessert that’s sure to become a seasonal favorite.


To create the perfect super moist pumpkin spice cake, you’ll need the following ingredients:


  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 2 cups granulated sugar
  3. 1 can (15 ounces) pure pumpkin puree
  4. 4 large eggs
  5. 1 cup vegetable oil
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  9. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  10. 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  11. 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  12. 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  2. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  3. 4 cups powdered sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease and flour a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and the delightful trio of spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
  3. In another bowl, combine the sugar, eggs, pumpkin puree, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract. Mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
  4. Gradually add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients, stirring until a smooth batter forms.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, spreading it evenly.
  6. Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Be cautious not to overbake to maintain that luscious moistness.
  7. While the cake is cooling, prepare the cream cheese frosting. In a separate bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and butter until smooth and creamy. Gradually add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, beating until well combined.
  8. Once the cake has cooled completely, spread the cream cheese frosting evenly over the top. You can get creative with your frosting design or keep it simple, depending on your preference.
  9. For an extra touch of fall flair, consider garnishing your pumpkin spice cake with a sprinkle of cinnamon or some chopped pecans.
  10. Slice, serve, and enjoy the warm, comforting flavors of autumn!

Variations and Serving Suggestions:

While our super moist pumpkin spice cake is already a delight on its own, you can always get creative and add your own twists to this classic recipe:

  1. Add Nuts: Incorporate some chopped pecans, walnuts, or even toasted pumpkin seeds into the cake batter for a delightful crunch and extra nutty flavor.
  2. Chocolate Chips: If you’re a chocolate lover, consider folding in some chocolate chips into the batter for a pumpkin chocolate chip cake that’s sure to please your taste buds.
  3. Cream Cheese Swirl: Instead of frosting the cake with cream cheese frosting, create a beautiful cream cheese swirl. Dollop spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture on top of the cake batter and use a knife to gently swirl it for a marbled effect.
  4. Caramel Drizzle: Drizzle some homemade caramel sauce over the cream cheese frosting for an added layer of sweetness and decadence.
  5. Spiced Whipped Cream: Serve each slice with a dollop of spiced whipped cream. Simply whip heavy cream with a touch of cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg until stiff peaks form.
  6. Individual Portions: Turn this cake into cupcakes or muffins for convenient individual servings, perfect for sharing at gatherings or for a grab-and-go snack.
  7. Seasonal Decor: Dress up your cake with seasonal decorations like edible fall leaves, miniature pumpkins, or a dusting of edible gold or orange sprinkles for a festive touch.
  8. Warm it Up: For an extra cozy experience, warm slices of the cake in the microwave for a few seconds before serving and pair it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Tips for Baking Success:

To ensure your super moist pumpkin spice cake turns out perfectly every time, here are some helpful tips and tricks:

  1. Quality Ingredients: Use top-notch ingredients like pure pumpkin puree, fresh spices, and high-quality flour for the best flavor.
  2. Room Temperature Ingredients: Ensure eggs and dairy are at room temperature for smoother mixing.
  3. Avoid Overmixing: Don’t overmix the batter to maintain a light and fluffy cake.
  4. Accurate Measurements: Use measuring cups and spoons, and level off dry ingredients.
  5. Grease and Flour Pan: Prevent sticking by generously greasing and lightly flouring the pan.
  6. Check Doneness: Use the toothpick test; if it comes out clean, the cake is done.
  7. Cool Properly: Allow the cake to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.
  8. Frost When Cool: Ensure the cake is completely cool before frosting to avoid melting.
  9. Storage: Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 4-5 days or freeze for longer shelf life.
  10. Enjoy Leftovers: Get creative with leftovers for cake pops, trifle, or breakfast toppings.

Pumpkin Spice Cake Ingredients

IngredientQuantityFlour TypeSpice Mix (tsp)Sugar (cups)
Pumpkin puree1 1/2 cupsAll-purposeCinnamon1 1/2 cups
Eggs4Whole wheatNutmeg1 cup
Vegetable oil1 cupCake flourCloves1/2 cup
Brown sugar1 cupAlmond flourGinger1/2 cup
Baking powder2 tspAllspice1/4 cup
Salt1/2 tsp
Vanilla extract1 tsp
Buttermilk1/2 cup

Pumpkin Spice Cake Baking Instructions

1Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
2Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
3In a mixing bowl, combine flour, spices, baking powder, and salt.
4In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, oil, pumpkin puree, and vanilla extract.
5Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, alternating with buttermilk.
6Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.
7Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
8Let the cakes cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove from the pans and cool completely on a wire rack.
9Once cool, frost with cream cheese frosting.
10Enjoy your super moist pumpkin spice cake!

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Cream cheese8 oz
Butter1/2 cup
Powdered sugar4 cups
Vanilla extract2 tsp

Cake Variations

Pumpkin Spice CupcakesUse the same batter, but bake in cupcake liners for 18-22 minutes.
Pumpkin Spice LoafPour the batter into a greased and floured loaf pan and bake for 45-55 minutes.
Pumpkin Spice MuffinsAdd chocolate chips or chopped nuts to the batter for extra flavor.
Pumpkin Spice Sheet CakeDouble the recipe and bake in a 9×13-inch pan for about 35-40 minutes.
Pumpkin Spice Cake RollSpread the batter onto a jellyroll pan, bake, and roll with cream cheese filling.

Serving Suggestions

Serving IdeaDescription
Cream Cheese FrostingFrost the cake with cream cheese frosting for a classic taste.
Whipped Cream and CaramelTop with whipped cream and drizzle caramel sauce for extra sweetness.
Vanilla Ice CreamServe warm cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Chopped PecansSprinkle chopped pecans or walnuts on top for a delightful crunch.
Pumpkin Spice LattePair with a homemade pumpkin spice latte for the ultimate fall treat.


Baking a super moist pumpkin spice cake is a delightful way to celebrate the beauty of autumn and the delicious flavors of the season. Whether you’re serving it at a family gathering, sharing it with friends, or enjoying a slice by yourself with a warm cup of coffee, this cake is sure to bring joy and comfort.

With its rich, aromatic spices, creamy cream cheese frosting, and endless possibilities for customization, this cake is a testament to the coziness and warmth of fall. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and embark on a delicious baking adventure. Happy baking and even happier indulging in this super moist pumpkin spice cake!


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