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Moist pumpkin cake with caramel cream cheese frosting is so flavorful and perfect for fall.

Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

This Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting is hands down, the best pumpkin cake recipe I’ve ever tried. It’s moist, flavorful and filled with pumpkin spice.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Pumpkin Cake, Pumpkin Desserts
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 15 people


Pumpkin Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil , or canola
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree

Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

  • ½ cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 6 oz cream cheese , full fat brick style
  • ½ cup salted caramel (see below or buy your own)
  • 2-3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons whipping cream , as needed

Caramel Sauce

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • cup unsalted butter , cut into 5 pieces
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon coarse salt


Pumpkin Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Grease and flour a 9x13 inch pan.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda & salt. 
  • In a large bowl beat together the oil, sugars, eggs, vanilla extract and pumpkin puree until smooth.
  • Beat in the flour mixture about ½ at a time, turning off the mixer and scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. 
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 35-40 minutes until it feels firm to the touch and inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In a large bowl beat the butter until smooth.
  • Beat in the cream cheese.
  • Mix in 1 ½ cups powdered sugar, followed by the salted caramel.
  • Mix in the rest of the powdered sugar about ½ cup at a time until it's the desired sweetness level you desire.
  • If the mixture seems too thick or too sweet, beat in 1-2 tablespoons of whipping cream. 

Salted Caramel Sauce

  • Add the sugar to a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk constantly as the sugar cooks. It will first form lumps and then turn into a deep colored amber sauce.
  • Once it's completely smooth - whisk in the butter until it's fully melted.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the whipping cream
  • Then mix in the vanilla extract and salt.