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If you love all things Pumpkin, this Easy Pumpkin Cake recipe is a must try. It is so easy with only 3 ingredients and sure to be a hit with everyone that tries this delicious cake.

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Easy Pumpkin Cake Recipe

I have a super easy and delicious new recipe for you – Easy Pumpkin Cake! When I say easy, I mean easy!

I have never been much of a baker but this is so simple. Anyone can make this!

However, this cake has only 3 ingredients: cake mix, canned pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice. You can’t get much easier than that and even I can’t mess this one up!

It is the time of year when we start to think about all things pumpkin! This pumpkin pie spice cake is amazing!

cake square with glaze on a plate

Pumpkin Cake with Yellow cake mix

Bring this to your Thanksgiving feast and your family will be so impressed! This cake is always a huge hit.

No one would ever guess this recipe only has 3 ingredients. It’s so simple.

It is the type of recipe that is so easy to throw together at the last minute. Don’t we all need a recipe like this?

cake square with glaze

Let’s get started!

cake with glaze drizzled on top



  • Confectioner’s Sugar
  • apple juice, water or milk (any will work!)
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
serving of pumpkin cake on plate

How to make pumpkin cake

First preheat oven to 350. Mix cake mix, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice until well blended in large bowl with a hand mixer or a stand mixer.

mixing together cak emix

It is that easy!

Just bake at 350 degrees according to the cake mix directions. 

How to make the pumpkin spice glaze:

Then while the cake bakes, make the delicious glaze.   To do this whisk together the glaze ingredients until a pourable drizzle forms.

Add more powdered sugar if its too thin or more apple juice or water if its too thick. You will love this glaze.

bowl of glaze

Next drizzle the powdered sugar glaze over the top of the cake.

glaze being drizzled on cake

Finally, let the cake cool completely on wire rack and serve the cake at room temperature.

If you want an added sweetness like my family, make sure you make the optional glaze.

You only need three ingredients for the glaze as well. It’s so yummy.

slice of pumpkin cake on plate


  • If you prefer fresh pumpkin instead of canned pumpkin, learn how to make Pumpkin Puree. This is a great alternative to canned pumpkin that is also very frugal. I keep it in the freezer so I can just grab and go for recipes like this. Freeze it in 1 cup increments and it’s so handy.
  • Try making  Pumpkin Pie Spice from scratch. It is much cheaper than buying the small jars from the store.
  • I used a Golden Butter cake mix, but you could use white or yellow or even spice cake.  Any of these would work great in this recipe.
This Easy Pumpkin Cake recipe is so moist and flavorful.


  • There are simple ways to change this cake recipe. The next time I make it I think I will add a crumble topping like the one I used on these Pumpkin Muffins.
  • You can also add chopped nuts or maybe even raisins. Brown Sugar would be tasty too and will add a delicious flavor to this recipe.
  • Also, I have mixed in ½ cups of chocolate chips and white chocolate chips in this cake batter before putting it in the pan.  This small amount of chocolate chips added a nice flavor but was not too overpowering so you could still taste the pumpkin in the recipe. 
  • You can make pumpkin cake recipe with cream cheese frosting.  I would use a cream cheese frosting similar to the one that I used in this Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese frosting recipe.   Buttercream frosting is also good.
  • Also, you can definitely make this cake your own by using different cake mixes like spice cake! My sister made this recipe with a carrot cake mix and I was nervous but it tasted amazing!
  • Top with whipped cream to make this even more delicious!

What can you use to bake this in?

  • If you are looking to serve this cake in the dish, I really like Rachael Ray Stoneware Baker.  It is so pretty.
  • This baking dish with lid is perfect if you plan to take this cake somewhere. The lid is so handy.
  • Also, you can make this easy pumpkin bundt cake in your favorite bundt pan.  This cake would be beautiful when a bundt pan is used.  Make sure you follow the cooking time on the back of the box for this type of pan and it will work perfectly!

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Easy pumpkin cake

4.96 from 25 votes
If you love all things Pumpkin, this Easy Pumpkin Cake is a must try. It is so easy with only 3 ingredients and sure to be a hit with everyone that tries this delicious Pumpkin Spice Cake. 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 216
Author Eating on a Dime


  • 1 box cake mix I used Butter Golden
  • 1 can 15 oz 100% Pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  • 1 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice, water or milk
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  • Mix cake mix, pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice until well blended.
  • Bake according to package directions (350 degrees). I used a Golden Butter cake mix, but you could use white or yellow or even spice cake.

While cake bakes, make glaze

  • Whisk together ingredients until a pourable drizzle forms. Add more powdered sugar if its too thin, more apple juice if its too thick.
  • Serve cake and drizzle glaze over the top.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 216kcal, Carbohydrates 49g, Protein 1g, Fat 1g, Sodium 376mg, Potassium 24mg, Sugar 28g, Vitamin A 15IU, Calcium 110mg, Iron 1.1mg

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  1. Uh…oven temperature, please? This is the second recipe blog I’ve read today that left out a key instruction. I do wish you young girls would proofread your blogs before you post them. It gets wearisome to get right in the middle of making something and find out that an important direction is missing.

  2. Lizzie – sorry for the confusion. You bake the cake according to the directions on your cake mix – normally 350 degrees. Thank you!

  3. just for variety…………do the same thing but use spice cake and pumpkin ! No need for the pumpkin pie spices !

  4. 5 stars
    Ahh tis the season. I have been playing with pumpkin all morning long and am so excited to make this recipe. Such a great recipe to have on hand. 😉

  5. 5 stars
    I love fall for pumpkin and apples. That said, I’m one of those year-round pumpkin eaters it’s too good to limit only to fall.

  6. 5 stars
    Dumb question, do you also add the oil, eggs and water to the cake mix or does the pumpkin purée replace that?

  7. I think the pumpkin replaces the oil and egg. I would just makes sure your prep the baking dish before adding the batter. I would add a 1/4 teaspoon of cloves for more of a pumpkin pie flavor. Just my thoughts on this……

  8. I love when my google search brings me to exactly what I’m looking for.
    I’ll try this with some diced apples folded in for Thanksgiving this week.
    Thanks so much!

  9. 5 stars
    I made this for Thanksgiving and it was so good. My family requested it at Christmas as well. Definitely a keeper.

  10. I added chopped pecans and mini chocolate chips, baked as muffins and drizzled caramel ice cream topping on them! Yummmmmo!

  11. I made this with a Duncan Hines carrot cake mix. Forgot the spices but I did remember to put a handful of dried cranberries, and it was fantastic. Next time I’m going to use some walnuts and more cranberries.