Pumpkin Snack Cake

Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins
Total 30 mins

These easy homemade Pumpkin Snack Cakes are the perfect sweet dessert to have with a cup of coffee or tea. They are so easy to make and are only 64 calories!

Looking for something a bit more decadent? Try this recipe for The Best Pumpkin Cake.

Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Pumpkin Snack Cake

I got an email recently from a reader asking me why I don’t blog every day. And I wrote back that I just don’t have that kind of time, that each post takes at least 6 hours from start to finish. Not to mention, y’all don’t want to see a photo of my strange array of cereal every morning! She wrote back telling me there is no way it takes me 6 hours for a post. That I must be doing something wrong…a post only takes a little while to write.

So for those of you who may be in the dark about what actually happens behind the scenes…let me run down a typical post for you.

1. Decide what you want to make. Which you would do normally in life anyways…so not that big of a deal.

2. Shop for the ingredients. Hopefully that doesn’t require going to multiple stores or a specialty store.

3. Make it! Whatever it may be. And hope that it works out the first time. If you are adapting the recipe from somewhere else, it’s safe to bet that you can go ahead and post it without make it again. But, if you developed that recipe yourself, you have to make it again…and tweak and test it…and maybe even make it a third time.

4. Style and take the photograph the food. Hope it’s not raining. Pray that you didn’t get a piece of cat hair in your food (or maybe that’s just me). And hope that your husband doesn’t eat that perfect cookie you are trying to photograph.

5. Edit the photographs.

6. Write the post. Or if you are like me, stare at the blank screen and then go play fetch with the dog while eating a Caramel Apple Pop because omg they were B1G1 at Publix this week. Then come back and stare some more.

When I got that email, I realized many of my friends/family make comments or remarks about blogging. They don’t get it at all…or they don’t get why there isn’t a new post every day. And the answer is, because it takes work! Thankfully, it’s work that I absolutely love and find extremely satisfying.

I am still shocked that anyone besides my Mom reads my awful tangents and understands my ridiculous sense of humor. And when someone tells me they think I take good pictures, I about pee myself. Photography is hard, yo. But the best part about food blogging, is the sharing aspect. When someone emails me that their husband ate the Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Soup and loved it (and had no idea it had cauliflower in it), I fall in love with blogging all over again. It’s the sharing, the community, the food that keeps me coming back. Oh…plus in the end, it’s cheaper than therapy.


This Homemade Pumpkin Cake Goes Great With Tea or Coffee

Jorge and I really loved this Pumpkin Snack Cake. It is moist and delicious, but also light and spongey. It perfect next to a hot cup of tea, or in Jorge’s case, coffee. And if you can believe it, in each slice there are only 64 calories! Holy ass friendly!

P.S. The recipe below states to make these in a glass 8×8 baking dish, which is how I normally make this recipe. However, for my birthday my Mom got me a mini square cake pan and it worked out great! So feel free to change it up to what you have on hand!

Yield: 9 servings

Pumpkin Snack Cake

Pumpkin Cake Recipe

These easy Pumpkin Snack Cakes are the perfect sweet dessert to have with a cup of coffee or tea. They are so easy to make and are only 64 calories!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of cloves
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons amber agave
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons canola (or vegetable) oil


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a glass 8x8 baking dish with Baker's Joy.

In a small bowl, mix together first 7 ingredients (all the dry ingredients). Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together pumpkin, egg, agave, brown sugar, and vanilla extract.

Add half of the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture, combine. Add milk, combine.

Add the rest of the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture, combine. Add canola oil, combine.

Pour into your prepared baking dish, and bake for 20 to 22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cool on a cooling rack, and serve at room temperature. Like most snack cakes, I think this was better the next day after it had some time to rest! Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.


I know Pumpkin is every.freaking.where these days...but this Pumpkin Snack Cake can easily be turned into a Sweet Potato Snack Cake. Or how about an Apple Snack Cake?? All you have to do is swap the pureed pumpkin for pureed sweet potato or whatever else you may have on hand!

TNCB original

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 64Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 132mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g

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UPDATE: an awesome reader, Success Along The Weigh, found a look a like mini cake pan on amazon! Apparently it is called a Square Muffin Pan. Here is the one you can find on amazon and here is a photo I snapped of mine on my iPhone as it was going into the oven. My pan is nonstick, but otherwise looks exactly the same! If you load up on some Baker’s Joy spray you shouldn’t have any issues!

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82 Responses
  1. Diana Jinka

    I want to make your pumpkin snack cake,the picture looks like individual little cakes but the instructions is in a square pan and cut into squares.If I make it in little individual cakes so you know temp and time?

  2. Lori

    Made it this morning. Baked a sweet potato last night (that’s what I had on-hand, no pumpkin) so it would be ready. Added about a 1/4 cup of unsweetened, shredded coconut. Used olive oil (because I couldn’t get the lid off the the jar of coconut oil!).

    Ate it while still warm and it was fantastic! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. Melissa

    Love, love, love this post. I can totally relate. My food prep is much simpler than full out cooking you are doing, but only a fellow foodie blogger has any idea the time involved behind the scenes! I die a little inside everytime someone asks me for a recipe because I know it’s going to be a loooong process to get that post up. I think all too often non-bloggers thing posting is as simple as darting off an email…

    Anywho, I just found your site and am taking a look around. This post really resonated with me. πŸ™‚

  4. Tracey

    I totally agree – blogging is a huge commitment! I don’t think non-bloggers have any idea how much time goes into each and every post. It’s fun and rewarding though, totally worth it to me πŸ™‚

  5. Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats

    You’re so right about the time commitment! I haven’t blogged now in about 2 weeks. And I feel guilty, but sometimes life gets in the way. And I want blogging to be fun, not an obligation based on someone else’s time table!

  6. Maria @ Crispy's Cafe

    Aww! I want a mini cake pan too~ I just have 2 mini bundt pans. I can only write posts on the weekend because I just have too much schoolwork during the week!!! I hate 7th grade D: but it just gets harder -_-

  7. kathleen @ the lushers

    A-freaking-men. Blogging is work & food blogging is even more work!

    I haven’t found much time for it lately & when I do find the time, I’ve been staring at a blank screen. Boooo writer’s block.

    You do such a wonderful job with your photography & writing, that people are fooled into thinking it’s an easy thing. Even when my Google Reader is overwhelming, I always make sure to read your posts…I appreciate all your hard work!

  8. Erin

    I totally understand you’re frustrations. I feel the same way! It’s nice to know I’m not alone πŸ™‚ You’re photos are always gorgeous and I love reading your blog. You do a great job! And as a fellow blogger, I truly appreciate the time and talent you put into your blog. Thanks for keeping us entertained and giving us so many amazing recipes!

  9. Mimi

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. And just so you know, your photos are FAB! Your blog is so inspiring πŸ™‚ Usually I skim through my Blogger Reading List and click on any posts with recipes that catch my eye, but when it comes to your blog, I read every single one of your posts. They are always so entertaining, and never fail to put a smile on my face.

  10. colleen

    Word to the up about the time spent blogging…and I’m just getting started and take terrible photos with no editing (yet). But baking is stress relief and blogging is therapy (and getting comments makes my heart swoon that someone other than my friends wants to know what goes on in my kitchen). Thanks for all your hard work and wonderful recipes!

  11. Paula @ Dishing the Divine

    I’m with you 110%. This food blog stuff really sucks up my time, but that’s okay, because, like you say, when you get that “great photos!” or “I loved this recipe!” feedback, it all makes it worth it. πŸ™‚

  12. ErinsFoodFiles

    Well, your reader must SURELY not read my blog. Or else she’d wonder “Why in the hell do you barely post once a week?”


    And honest to God I think it takes me more like 8 or so hours to do a single post. Combine that with a 40+ hour job, and yeah… that’s why!

  13. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen

    Oh man you nailed this! I posted 3 times this week and I feel like I need to sleep for 2 whole days! And this might sound random…but I have fork jealousy! I WANT THAT FORK!!!!!

  14. kokocooks

    Great post about behind-the-scenes food blogging. #4 for me would read: hope that kid’s fingers aren’t in picture. I always tell my husband which items are for the glamour shots, and which are okay to eat right away.

  15. Tabitha

    First, thanks for saying “B1G1” instead of the insufferable “BOGO.” Rip. Hair. Out.

    Most of all, you bring up really good points – I’m sure there are people who can churn out fluff in less than an hour but thoughtful, informative posts don’t just happen in a matter of minutes, least of all recipe posts! I do admire people who can just “whip up an inspiration post really fast” but how much substance is there in that post? Not a lot I’m sure.

    My neighbor dropped off some pumpkin spice bread for us last night, I think this post is a sign I should go eat some. Or all of it.

  16. Katie from Katie's Cucina

    Great job making others realize how time consuming (and rewarding) blogging is. I’ve gotten the same remarks a few times now and I’ve never really been able to put an actual number of hours out there only because I really don’t count all the time I spend on blogging… although it consumes most of my time. Wonderful and well written post!

    btw… recipes sounds and LOOKS delish! Can’t wait to give it a try… now I need to go run and buy one of these cool mini square baking pans.

  17. Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I’m so glad you posted this. I honestly have no idea how some bloggers post every day. I definitely need more time if I have to wait for rainy days to pass and the whole process easily takes me 6 hours if not more.

    Love this pumpkin snack cake recipe!

  18. Larissa

    That Fat Daddio’s pan is the one I saw on amazon, too. I may have to get one! It would make great brownies for sundaes, too… πŸ™‚

  19. Burwell General Store

    Wow! Yeah, uh, a post takes me four hours if I zip through it. Some have taken me all day. So great to read your take (and the comments) on posting! And… love the recipe!

  20. DeAnna

    You are so right Jess. I think this is why I stopped writing my food blog. Takes too much time. Or, maybe it’s because I’d rather be playing World of Warcraft or EverQuest. hehe Recently, I have wanted to start up another blog about thinks I love and things I hate. But then, I think about all the time it will take up and that idea goes out the window. My biggest problem with the food blog? Remembering to take a picture before I eat the subject. LOL!

    1. Jessica

      Ok so I snapped an iPhone photo of my putting a batch in the oven this morning so y’all could see the pan.


      It is a little darker than that pan, and the edges are not round like that. But it looks pretty much like the same pan to me! I think it would work just the same! πŸ™‚

  21. Lauren

    Thank you so much for reading my mind! I have just recently started the whole “food-blogging” thing, and many people underestimate the amount of time and effort put in to it! You’re doing a great job, and I can’t wait to make this recipe!

    1. Jessica

      These? Gorgeous? No way! I have been eyeballing that Chocolate Pie you posted yesterday in google reader allllll day….HOLY PIE! I need that in my life. NOW!

  22. TidyMom

    I love that you wrote this!!……..I think so many don’t realize, how much time it takes…….I bet I spend more than 6 hours, because I lake forever to WRITE a post! lol, then making sure I have it tagged right, seo title, seo tags, a good post title, proper links in my post, and all the little extras you have to do besides just write it……….oh, we didn’t even touch on after it goes live, time spent, tweeting, and FB about it!

    Fantastic recipe today too!!

    1. Jessica

      Exactly! There is even more that goes into it!

      Which is exactly why I have given up on SEO. I don’t understand it enough to do it right anyways! πŸ˜‰

  23. Shana

    I just found your site from foodgawker. I’m so glad you wrote about this topic! It’s incredible how much time and energy I put into trying to post twice a week. It’s an enormous undertaking! Good thing its so much fun!

    The snack cake looks very tasty. I love healthified desserts!

  24. Kathryn

    I could have written that word for word (except people hardly ever email me except to offer to sell me weird domain names).

    These little cakes are so dang cute. I think I know the pan that you used and it’s so adorable and I love that they are so ass-friendly which means I can eat at least 8 of them.

  25. Diane {Created by Diane}

    These look delicious!
    I’m laughing….it’s so true about what people think. I once has someone email me and say, I’m not going to read your blog if you aren’t going to make the recipes printable. Which of course I had NO IDEA how to do. Still don’t have that function set up so apparently I’m not really doing what others want and yes my mom wants the recipes to be printable too πŸ™‚ But I really enjoy it and the community, it’s so great to do what you love and I’m so glad to read someone else feels similar.
    My favorite line is, are you still doing that blog thing….why?

  26. naomi

    Okay, I love your post! Love the recipe of course, but holy smacks!! Blogging is alot, ALOT of work. Yes, we love it, but it takes time and the all things you mention is what I experience all the time, so I feel ya! πŸ™‚

  27. Amilia @justeverydayme

    Wow! I can’t believe someone would email such a rude thing! It’s not as if you have some sort of obligation to blog everyday. I love blogging and baking and it’s a great stress reliever for me. I wish I could do it everyday but there is this thing called life…

    Anyways πŸ™‚ This recipe looks amazing. I’m obsessed with pumpkin muffins and breads. Thanks for sharing!

  28. Heidi

    Aw, I’m sorry you got an email like that πŸ™ It makes me kind of sad when people have no idea the work it takes. You’re completely right, it does take a lot of effort and time! Keep it up, I think your stuff is awesome(pictures and all :D).
    These cakes look so yummy, I’m keeping this recipe to try out some time, you never know when you’ll want a recipe like this and the ingredients list looks perfect.

  29. Madeline (Thursday Night Baking)

    This person who emailed you obviously doesn’t blog about food themselves! When I first started blogging I had no idea how much time it really does take from beginning to end, but I love it. Its the perfect amount of distraction from the rest of our crazy lives. I love the comments from all the fellow food bloggers in response to the email. You definitely hit a spot in all of us πŸ™‚

    I love that these little cakes are individually baked and not cut out from a larger cake. It makes it so easy to grab and eat on the go πŸ™‚

  30. Katrina

    I’m ok with pumpkin being everywhere, this sounds lovely! And I get you on the 6 hour thing. You’re doing it right, you take nice photos, and post an awesome amount. I get puuuuumped when you have a new post. You rock.

  31. Joanne

    I get similar reactions about half the time and then the other half, people are like HOW DO YOU HAVE TIME!?!?!? And I’m like I DON’T SLEEP!!!

    But yeah…this blogging thing is TIME CONSUMING…but in the most rewarding way possible…so it’s worth it, right?

    I could kiss you for this pumpkin cake! I need ass friendly recipes in my life now that I can’t exercise for two months (stress fracture)…and I especially need pumpkin ass friendly recipes!

  32. raquel from Florida

    Great post! Great recipe (versatile I may say). I’ll try it with apple sauce (I don’t like pumpkin unless you promise this is a miracle cake like the now famous cauliflower soup!)
    And keep up the good work!

  33. Jeanette

    Blogging is truly a labor of love – it does take a lot of time, but as long as you’re having fun still, it’s worth every minute. Love the little square pans your mom game you for these little snack cakes.

  34. Priyanka

    Totally agree with you…each post take 7-8 hrs or more. People dont realize, it like a part time job and it need too much of thinking.
    The cake is fantastic and u have stunning photos.

  35. Julie @ Willow Bird Baking

    Oh goodness, yes! Each post averages around 6-11 hours for me, depending on whether or not I’m developing a recipe and how long it takes me to write.

    A lot more goes into this than folks realize!

    Can’t wait to try these cutie pie snack cakes.

  36. Dianna @ The Kitchen Prep

    Girl, I hear ya. Loud and clear. I nearly had a meltdown the other day because – on top of the fact that I had about 358,938,458 things to do – my Mom called and asked me why I haven’t been blogging. It was a bad time to ask a question like that. I love blogging. LOVE. And it makes me sad when life doesn’t allow enough time for me to do so. But like you said, it’s more than just “Bake. Type. Post!”, and only another blogger could ever understand what that means. {And I’m not even that great at it yet! Still practicing!!} Anyway, keep making it look easy & fabulous… whenever time permits! πŸ˜‰

    1. Jessica


      When I first started blogging, my Mom used to call or text me ALL the time saying…. When is there going to be a new post up??

      At the time I worked a full time job, was taking 3 courses at a community college by work, and planning my wedding.

      Crazy Moms! πŸ˜‰

  37. Diana

    Heck I agree with the photography. I don’t get chances to take pictures with natural light and it drives me wild! I can only do any blogging when everyone is in bed….I’m learning and as soon as I figure out how to make fake sunlight….that isn’t a tanning bed,…ill make sure to share!

    I love reading your posts Jess, being that I have actually no real girl friends left here since you left me its nice to see your doing alright at “keep in touch” this way.

  38. The Cilantropist

    Ahhhh… completely understand! I dont think that anyone who doesnt blog can truly understand how much work goes into each post. Once, I had one of my friends do a guest post for me (he is not a blogger, just a home cook) and he was SHOCKED how long it all took from start to finish. Those who do it regularly can totally appreciate the beauty of your posts. πŸ™‚

  39. Kylee

    I commend you for the post. I barely manage to post these days because I’m bad at photography and am 8 and a half months pregnant (so standing up to cook is not a priority).

    It DOES take time, a lot of it – and many people take more time than that, even!

    You do a wonderful job. Part of what I like about your blog is not the actual recipes (though those are great), it’s the writing… the references to a variety ofhings, the humour, and the glimpse into your life. Kind of stalkerish, but roll with it, yo.

    And now I want a pumpkin snack cake. This shall be done.

  40. Annalise

    I can’t believe what some people will put in an email. I think 6 hours is on the light end, it seems to often take way more time than that. A layer cake, or a pie or tart that require dough to be chilled can easily take me the better part of the day to make and photograph. Then comes the editing and post writing. Blogging isn’t for lazy people, contrary to what many may think. Thank god it’s fun! And you’re right, those kind emails and comments make it all worth it.

    Anyway, boo to the meanies, hooray for adorable pumpkin snack cakes!

  41. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    I agree – the only ones who understand what truly goes into blogging are those living with you (experiencing the time and frustration sometimes waiting to be told to go ahead and eat) and other bloggers. BTW I always adore your pics. So fun. And that fork – I want it…. with a piece of pumpkin snack cake πŸ˜‰

  42. Rachel

    I love reading your tangents, as you call them! You are a great writer and I always look forward to your posts.

    These cakes look delicious and it just so happens that I have all of the ingredients. Yum!

  43. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Oh Jessica, these are adorable and I pretty much love you for writing everything you did.

    I have done posts like this recently, too, when people say they want more recipes…well I do a few recipe posts per week and the other posts are non-recipe posts b/c shopping for the ingredients, deciding what to make, actually making it and hoping it works (and not everything turns out!), then food styling it, shooting it, editing the pics, posting them, posting the recipe, submitting it to the food sites (b/c after all that work you know you’re going to want to..ha!)…yes…TIME CONSUMING. Unless of course you slap up a photo of your oatmeal or salad, it’s hella lotta work and even that takes work. Blogging takes time, period. πŸ™‚

  44. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh

    Poo poo on the person who doesn’t get it! Pfft.

    You sitting down? Those pics are AMAZING! They made me want to lick the screen but it’s kind of dusty so I saved myself. Okay, where did you get the pan for those things? SOO cute and I would love to pre-portion in something other than the standard muffin pan. 90 calories? Hot damn!

    1. Jessica

      I am not sure where the pan is from! I got the pan as a birthday gift and it wasn’t a brand I had heard of before and it doesn’t have a name on the pan!

      The pan has 12 squares, and each square is about 2 inches by 2 inches. And about 1 inch deep.

      Hope that helps….some! lol

  45. Paula

    #4 = dog fur in our household. Usually mine is I FINALLY get the recipe the way I want it (because even a great recipe, I usually end up tweaking the seasoning somehow), then forgetting where I put the camera! Or, … you don’t get it photographed because you just want to eat NOW and not when it’s cold after all the arranging, photographing, restaging, rephotographing, etc. MUST try this one since its ass-friendly!

  46. Tina - My Life as a Mrs

    hahah LOVE this post… so. stinking. true. πŸ™‚ PS- what pan did you use to make those cute perfect little squares??? I’m obsessed.

    1. Jessica

      To be honest I am not really sure. I got the pan as a birthday gift and it wasn’t a brand I had heard of before and it doesn’t have a name on the pan!

      The pan has 12 squares, and each square is about 2 inches by 2 inches. And about 1 inch deep.

  47. Cassie l Bake Your Day

    #4-yes! I’m always worried about my cat and my husband messing with my photos! You do take gorgeous photos and I agree with you 100% that the effort is completely worth it when someone loves your recipes!

  48. Karla Landrum

    Ok, so a few questions on this one, and note, I am not a baker, so don’t laugh too hard! Did you use a square pan? And for the pureed pumpkin, did you use fresh and just run a mixer through it or just a fork or what exactly to puree it?

    1. Jessica

      For the mini cakes above I used a special pan for minis. But the recipe is written for an 8×8 glass pan. You could also use a metal one. You just want it to be 8×8 otherwise the cake would be thin. Or you could always just double the recipe if you don’t have an 8×8.

      And as for pureed pumpkin…you can use fresh cubed pumpkin, baked till soft, and pureed in a blender/food processor. Or you can buy canned pumpkin! πŸ˜‰

  49. JavelinWarrior

    Loved this post. While the recipe looks delightful and the pictures are beautifully styled, it’s that first part of your post that got me πŸ™‚ I felt compelled to tweet this b/c blogging is totally an art that is under-appreciated.

  50. CS

    These LOOK (and sound!) amazing! And I totally understand about blogging…it’s hard work and it’s very time consuming. You do it so well though, so keep up the great work, we all enjoy reading (and drooling over) your posts. πŸ™‚

    1. Jessica

      To be honest I am not really sure. I got the pan as a birthday gift and it wasn’t a brand I had heard of before.

      The pan has 12 squares, and each square is about 2 inches by 2 inches. And about 1 inch deep.

  51. Stephanie

    So much win in this post! Completing a blog post is super time consuming and I definitely do the “no cat hair” prayer as well. I love a good snacking cake and I love pumpkin so this one is getting pinned πŸ™‚

  52. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Wow that’s crazy that they said that. It takes me days not even hours to create the content for my site. People don’t realize all the work that’s involved behind the scenes.

  53. JulieD

    Oh I hope I never get that kind of email…LOL. I agree, it’s a lot of work. Your snack cakes look beautiful!!!

  54. Jen @ BeantownBaker.com

    When people ask me how much time I spend blogging, I tell them I really don’t want to add it up. I think 6 hours per post is about right. You also forgot to add in the time you spend doing your thing on TS/FG, Twitter, maintaining a FB page if you do that, reading and commenting on other blogs, responding to emails, etc. Thank god this little hobby of ours is so much fun!

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