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Incredibly Moist Pumpkin-Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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  • Prep 45 min
  • Total 1 hr 50 min
  • Servings 16
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Fall in love with the irresistible flavors of pumpkin spice! This easy pumpkin spice cake is brimming with a cozy, comfortable taste that gets even better by covering it with heaps of cream cheese frosting. There is lots to love here: from a moist sponge cake that's packed with spice, all the way to a topping that will give any cherry on top a run for its money.
Updated Jul 20, 2023
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Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 box Betty Crocker™ Delights Super Moist™ Spice Cake Mix
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup from 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)

Frosting

  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 5 cups powdered sugar

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pans). Spray bottom and sides of three 9-inch round cake pans with cooking spray; line with cooking parchment paper.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat Cake ingredients with electric mixer on medium speed 2 minutes. Divide batter equally among pans. Bake 20 to 24 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 3
    Meanwhile, in large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until smooth. Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until frosting reaches desired spreading consistency.
  • 4
    Place 1 cake layer, rounded side down, on serving plate; spread about 3/4 cup frosting over top to within about 1/4 inch of edge. Top with second cake layer, rounded side up; spread with 3/4 cup frosting. Top with third layer, rounded side up. Spread thin layer of frosting on side of cake. Spread remaining frosting on side and top of cake. Store covered in refrigerator.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    To quickly soften cream cheese, remove from wrapper and place on microwavable plate; microwave uncovered on High about 15 seconds or until just softened.
  • tip 2
    To keep your serving plate clean while frosting the cake, place strips of waxed paper around the edge of plate, and remove them after you’ve finished frosting.
  • tip 3
    Garnish top of frosted cake with chopped walnuts or pecans for an added crunch.

Nutrition

480 Calories, 20g Total Fat, 4g Protein, 70g Total Carbohydrate, 57g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
480
Calories from Fat
180
Total Fat
20g
31%
Saturated Fat
9g
47%
Trans Fat
1/2g
Cholesterol
85mg
29%
Sodium
310mg
13%
Potassium
90mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
70g
23%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
57g
Protein
4g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
60%
60%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
6%
6%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 4 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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