Simple Snacking Pumpkin Cake


Hello all– Pumpkin pie, it’s OK. I can kind of take it or leave it.  I’d really prefer my pumpkin baked into a batch of muffins or a cake– this little cake especially.  It’s surprisingly moist and tender– and slathered with cream cheese frosting and a dusting of cinnamon– it’s festive enough for your Thanksgiving supper.

But the nice thing about this simple cake it that it’s so quick & easy– at a time when your culinary energies need to go into basting a turkey or whisking gravy.  You might just love it to round out your Thanksgiving meal…

2 eggs
1 cup pumpkin
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon

4 oz. cream cheese (1/2 bock)
4 tab. butter (1/2 stick)
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 tab. milk
cinnamon to sprinkle on top (optional)


With an electric mixer, beat together the eggs, pumpkin, sugar and oil.  Then add in the flour, salt, baking powder and cinnamon.

Spoon the batter into a 9″ square or round cake pan* that has been sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake it up at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes, until the cake springs back when touched.  Let the cake cool completely before adding the frosting.

To make the frosting, beat together the cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and milk with an electric mixer until it’s creamy and smooth.  Spread on the cooled cake– and if you wish dust the top with a little cinnamon.  Simple. Done.



17 thoughts on “Simple Snacking Pumpkin Cake

  1. God, Rhonda, this looks delicious! What do you think about coconut oil instead of canola oil in this one? Would it taste weird? 🙂 (I love considering different ways to do a recipe)
    You are so creative, thank you for your blog posts and for your caring about my move. It means a lot, I feel like I’m being wrapped in a hug!
    Have a great rest of your weekend, Rhonda — Blessings, Debbie

    • I’m with you on the pumpkin pie Lacey. My grandma always made chocolate pie for us kids on holidays. Hope you’re anticipating a great Thanksgiving. Do you have a lot of family close by? Are you the cook? hugs!

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