How to Make Pumpkin Cake

I was blessed with a pantry full of groceries this month from other people’s kitchens, so I set off to make a cake using only the ingredients I had at hand.  May I introduce to you the

Pumpkin Cake


  • 4 cups of Buttermilk Pancake mix
  • 2/3 cup quick or old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 can 30 oz Pumpkin Pie Mix
  • 2 large eggs


  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Grease 9 x 12 cake pan
  • Combine pancake mix, oats, sugar, and cinnamon in large bowl
  • Combine pumpkin mix and eggs in medium bowl; mix well
  • Stir into oat mixture just until moistened
  • Spread batter (it will be very thick) into cake pan

Bonus Points:

I tried to make a streusel crumb topping but I got creative and added brown sugar to the mix.  I think the wetness of the brown sugar (due to the molasses) kiboshed the streusel, because it became a goop.  So I just spread the goop over the top of the batter and baked it anyway.

Here is what I used for the streusel crumb/goop:

  • Combine 3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1.5 Tablespoons granulated sugar, 1.5 Tablespoons brown sugar, and 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon in small bowl.
  • Cut in 2 T butter with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly.
  • So it did not come out crumbly, it came out goopy.  Better luck with yours!

Bake the cake for 35 – 45 minutes, depending on your oven.  It is a very dense batter, so you may want to cook it at 325.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 2/3 block of cream cheese
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons of mik
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Mix it all together, one ingredient at a time to prevent clumping

Spread over completed cake and enjoy this dense, sweet mass of pumpkin and cream cheese!  Nom, nom, nom!



One thought on “How to Make Pumpkin Cake

  1. This pumpkin cake looks divine – especially the icing. My husband loves anything pumpkin – throughout the year, not just around autumn. We moved to Florida 3 years ago and the baking here just isn’t the same as home (New York). If you love pumpkin cake, I recommend you check out CrumbCakeCreations for
    New York Style Crumb Cakes. To die for! We order around the holidays and enjoy thoroughly.
    This recipe looks really easy – I’m going to give it a shot and see what the grandkids think!

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