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Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese and Streusel Topping

This pumpkin cake is extremely moist and packed with delish pumpkin spiced flavour. The pumpkin cake, the cream cheese frosting and the spiced streusel topping are all baked as one. The final result is a perfect pumpkin cake recipe with lots of texture thats over the top delicious.

This pumpkin cake looks impresive because of all the different layers, but its easy to make, and you bake it all at once. No separate frosting or decorating required.

A plate with a thick slice of pumpkin cake. The cake has three layers, orange pumpkin cake bottom, then a light cream cheese center, finally golden brown struesel topping. There is a large plate of the pumpkin cake in the background.

Because of the layers this pumpkin cake can be served as a Thanksgiving dessert. The streusel topping and simple square cuts makes it perfect to pack for lunches or potlucks.

How to Make a Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Cake Layer Ingredients

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

Cream Cheese Layer Ingredients

8 oz cream cheese softened

1/3 cup white sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Streusel Topping Ingredients

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp baking powder

How to Make Pumpkin Cake

Preheat the oven to 350. Grease a 8 by 8 baking pan.

Start by mixing together each layer and then layer them afterwards. The pumpkin cake layer has baking powder in it, and it will activate as soon as you mix it into the wet ingredients. To have a nice fluffy cake layer we mix together all the layers first to avoid activating the baking powder.

Mixing Pumpkin Cake Batter

Combine the wet ingredients, pumpkin, egg, sugar, oil and vanilla in a mixing bowl.

In a second bowl stir together the dry ingredients, flour, salt, soda, baking powder, and spices.

Set aside.

Mixing Cream Cheese Layer

Mix the cream cheese, and sugar together until creamy. Add the vanilla, mix again and set aside.

A whipped layer of cream cheese frosting that is having a teaspoon of vanilla to it.

Mixing Streusel Layer

In another bowl mix the butter with the two sugars until blended. Add the flour, baking powder, and spices to the flour.

Placing the flour and spices into a bowl of buttery sugar crumbs for pumpkin cake streusel.

Mix until the crumbs are the size of small peas. Set aside.

Mixed together streusel crumbs the size of peas. Made with brown sugar, white sugar, butter and pumpkin spices.

Making the Pumpkin Cake Layers

For the pumpkin cake bottom layer, mix the dry ingredients into the bowl of wet ingredients. Mix until just combined and transfer to the 8 by 8 inch square baking pan. Spread evenly.

A medium sized mixing bowl with pumpkin mixture being blended with dry ingredients for pumpkin cake.

For the middle cream cheese frosting layer. Place spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture over the pumpkin batter.

Adding dollops of cream cheese frosting to pumpkin cake batter.

Lightly pread the cream cheese over the pumpkin batter making sure not to combine the layers into a swirl.

Place the streusel crumbs all over the top and place in the oven.

Pumpkin cake in a square pan with streusel topping. Just before its baked.

Bake at 350 for 40-45min Let cool before slicing.

If you would like a more thorough how to of the pumpkin cake, I made a very casual video of myself making the cake. I go through all the steps.

Storing Pumpkin Cake

Once you bake the pumpkin cake, allow it to cool on the counter completely before cutting it. To keep your cake store it well covered in the fridge, either in a plastic contain, or you can just wrap it very well in plastic wrap. It will keep very well for up to 3 days but it rarely last that long.

Making desserts ahead of time can really take the stress out of holiday meal preparation. To freeze this cake make sure that it is cooled first. You can keep you cake whole and wrap it very well in the pan. Or you can cut it into pieces and transfer it into a plastic container with a lid. If you want to have it premade for lunches, wrap each piece in plastic wrap and then place it in a container. A frozen cake will keep well for up to 3 months. To use just let it thaw on the counter, once thawed place in the fridge.

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A pumpkin cake spiced cake with pumpkin, cream cheese, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.

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  1. Neha @ Love Food Recipes says:

    This pumpkin cake is perfect for Thanksgiving! I can’t wait to give it a try;)

  2. Nana Diana says:

    That looks delicious! I have one daughter that can’t stand pumpkin. I think I need to have her DNA tested to make sure we are really related. lol
    Have a wonderful week. Diana

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