Pumpkin Spice Cake with Honey Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Honey Frosting
Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins

For a fall treat, this moist and delicious pumpkin spice cake can't be beat. It's an easy snacking cake made with canned pumpkin purée and pumpkin spice. The recipe calls for a 9-inch square pan, but a loaf pan works well, too. Either way, don't skip the delicious honey frosting made with cream cheese, butter, and honey.


For the Cake

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for pan

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)

  • 2 teaspoons baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin-pie spice (or 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon, ¾ teaspoon ginger, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, and ⅛ teaspoon each allspice and cloves)

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 ½ cups sugar

  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin puree

For the Honey Frosting

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, very soft

  • 1 bar (8 ounces) regular (or reduced-fat) cream cheese, very soft

  • ¼ cup honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch square baking pan.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin-pie spice. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, butter, and pumpkin puree until combined. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture, and mix gently until smooth.

  3. Turn batter into prepared pan, and smooth top. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out with just a few moist crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool cake 10 minutes in pan, then turn out of pan, and cool completely, right side up, on a rack.

  4. Make Honey Frosting: In a medium bowl, whisk butter, cream cheese, and honey until smooth.

  5. Spread top of cooled cake with honey frosting. Cut cake into squares to serve.

Cook's Notes

You can also use a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan: Increase baking time by 25 to 30 minutes (tent loaf with foil if it browns too quickly).

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