Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep 15 mins
Cook 40 mins
Add'l 45 mins
Total 1 hr 40 mins

This is the BEST Pumpkin Cake I have ever made! It’s a three layer cake of super moist pumpkin cake and a crazy delicious cinnamon cream cheese frosting! 

The Best Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting!

Since it is September 1st, and I am dying for it to be Fall already, I am throwing it back to 2012 with my all time favorite Pumpkin Dream Cake!

If you are new to the blog, this cake is one of the best rated recipes I have ever shared. Just read all those comments — you HAVE to make this cake! And while you are at it, check out all the other Dream Cakes.

It’s an incredibly hard choice for me, but I have to say that the Banana Dream Cake and the Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Cake tie for second place!

The Best Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting!

This cake is simple to put together and an easy enough recipe for even a beginner baker — so no excuses! 😉

P.S. I love this cake so much that I have even made it into cupcakes: Pumpkin Maple Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 8 servings

Pumpkin Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

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This is the BEST Pumpkin Cake I have ever made! It’s a three layer cake of super moist pumpkin cake and a crazy delicious cinnamon cream cheese frosting! 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Additional Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup milk
  • 12 oz (1 1/2 packages) cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 6 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Grease 3, 8-inch round cake pans. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl/stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla, pumpkin and vegetable oil. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk.
  4. Divide batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove pans from oven and immediately place in freezer for 45 minutes. (This keeps the cake moist by immediately stopping the baking so the cake does not continue to bake when you remove it form the oven.)
  5. For the frosting: In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon. Add confectioners’ sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high until frosting is smooth.
  6. Assemble the 3 layers with a thick layer of frosting in between each layer. Then apply a thin crumb coat on the top and sides. Pop back in the freezer to harden the crumb coat for about 10 minutes.
  7. Apply one final thick and even layer around the outside of the cake. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1297Total Fat: 58gSaturated Fat: 31gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 205mgSodium: 694mgCarbohydrates: 178gFiber: 2gSugar: 137gProtein: 18g


This recipe was originally posted in October 2012.

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68 Responses
  1. Joan

    I’m anxious to try this. Do you think I could use the pumpkin pie can of pumpkin to give it more flavor? And can it be frozen for a few days before its frosted?

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.

      Hi Joan! I’m a little confused, yes this recipe uses a can of pure 100% pumpkin to give it pumpkin flavor. And yes, you can freeze the cooked cake before it’s frosted!

  2. Charlotte

    This cake turned out well for me no adjustments for high altitude, & despite over creaming butter & sugar, and baking it in a 9X13 pan. BUT, I added spices…lots more cinnamon to cake & frosting, and nutmeg to cake. Was tasteless without added spices. Baked it for a group, only took one small square home!

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