Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake is the perfect festive dessert to bring to your next Halloween or fall-themed party. The cream cheese frosting complements it perfectly and looks beautiful with a rustic ombre look.

Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake

Are you one of those pumpkin spice latte fanatics? I’ve never gotten hooked on the drink, but I love pumpkin spice everything else including this scrumptious layer cake. If you have never made pumpkin spice cake before, promise me you’ll make this recipe. It is easy (waaaay easier than it looks), delicious and beautiful. Bring it to a Halloween or fall-themed party if you want to become everyone’s new best friend (this Candy Corn Cake is a best-friend-maker, as well). Check out the video below for a tutorial on how to create the rustic ombre look you see in the photos.


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I cannot not mention the cream cheese frosting involved in this cake because it is quite possibly the creamiest, dreamiest frosting my lips have ever touched. When it was done mixing and I removed the whisk attachment that was filled with its ooey-gooeyness, I almost fell to my knees. Never had I seen or tasted such a delicious creamy frosting in all my life. It even beat my Peppermint Buttercream, which was my previous all-time favorite.

Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake


  • First, make sure that you have removed the top rounded part of each cake that you plan to stack so that both of the surfaces are as flat as possible. A serrated bread knife works great for this.

  • Once your cakes have cooled completely, wrap them in either plastic wrap or foil that you have first sprayed with cooking spray. Place the wrapped cakes in the freezer for fifteen minutes before frosting them.

  • Smear a spoonful of frosting on the stand or serving plate you’ll be using and place a cake straight from the freezer onto the center of the stand (pressing down into the glob of frosting so it sticks). Coat a generous layer of frosting over the top of the cake, spreading all the way to the edges. Center the next cake directly over the top (preferably top-side-down) and repeat with remaining frosting and cakes. If your cake is more than three layers, consider using a dowel rod to stick down the center of the cake while you frost and decorate it.

Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake

What other questions do you have for me about this pumpkin spice layer cake, or any other layer cake? Ask away! I have been loving exploring the world of layer cakes. There is endless possibility for creativity! Here are a few of my other favorites:
Strawberry Layer Cake
Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake
Chocolate Espresso Layer Cake

Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake

Have a great week, friends! I hope you are enjoying pumpkin spice in some way this week. Enjoy the cake and thank you so much for being here!

Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake


pumpkin, cake, dessert
Yield: 12

Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake

prep time: 45 minscook time: 1 hour and 15 minstotal time: 1 hours and 60 mins

Pumpkin Spice Layer Cake is the perfect festive dessert to bring to your next fall party. The dreamy, creamy cream cheese frosting complements it perfectly!


  • 1/2 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 15-oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • Two 8-oz. packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 12 candy corn pumpkin candies


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and generously spray three 8- or 9-inch round cake pans (or you can use one at a time) with cooking spray. Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer), combine the butter, oil, sugars, eggs and vanilla extract and beat on medium speed until creamy and free of lumps. Add the pumpkin and mix until just combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice. Mix well. Gradually add to the butter mixture and beat on medium speed until just combined. Divide the mixture evenly between the prepared cake pans and bake one at a time in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the centers come out clean. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, remove from pan and let cool completely on a wire rack. Using a serrated bread knife, cut the rounded tops off each cooled cake.
  1. Using a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer), mix the butter, cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Add the confectioners' sugar and beat on medium-high speed for 3 minutes.
  2. Divide the frosting between three same-size bowls, adding a bit more to one than the other two. Keep the bowl with the most frosting white, not adding any food coloring. To one of the remaining bowls, add orange (or neon orange) food coloring and stir until deep orange in color. Add half the amount of food coloring to the last bowl and stir until light orange.
  1. Place one cake in the center of a rotating cake stand. Spread white frosting evenly and generously over the top in an even layer. Top with another cake and repeat with a layer of frosting. Top with the remaining cake.
  2. Using the back of a spoon or an offset spatula, apply a row of the dark orange frosting to the outside of the bottom cake layer. Apply the light orange to the outside of the middle cake layer and apply the white to the outside of the top cake layer. Use the spatula (or spoon) to blend the frosting colors together as you rotate the cake stand. Drop the different frosting colors on the top and blend together, rotating the stand and using the offset spatula. Top with pumpkin candies, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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