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Ingredients (21)

For the cake:

  • 3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 ¼ cups vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs

For the frosting:

  • 1 ½ sticks (12 Tablespoons) butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

Embrace fall with a fluffy, warmly-spiced pumpkin layer cake. This versatile recipe doesn’t have to be for a three-layer cake, though. You can use the same measurements to fill two 9-inch cake rounds or one 13-by-9-inch sheet pan for a sheet cake. You might want to double the frosting recipe if you want to ensure that there’s more than enough to go all around the cake.

Imagine savoring a slice of this pumpkin spice layer cake with a steaming mug of hot chocolate, something special like our Coconut Hot Chocolate recipe.

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Instructions

  1. 1Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Spray three 8-inch cakes pans with non-stick spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  2. 2In a large bowl combine, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside.
  3. 3In the bowl of a stand mixer beat together the pumpkin, sugars, oil, and vanilla extract. Add eggs one at a time. Add flour mixture and beat on low until just combined. Divide mixture among the three prepared cake pans.
  4. 4Bake for about 30 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Cool completely.
  5. 5When ready to assemble the cake, make the frosting. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the butter, powdered sugar, heavy cream, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and pinch of salt. Mix on high until frosting is smooth and creamy, but do not over-mix.
  6. 6Frost the cake and serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.
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