A slice of pumpkin spice cake topped with cream cheese frosting. Fall foliage in the background.
Desserts, Holiday favorites

Cake mix pumpkin spice cake


Tis the season for pumpkin and pumpkin spice! This cake mix pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting is sure to please. Sometimes you just need things to be easy. Sometimes you just need a no-fail, deliciously moist cake everyone loves. THIS is the CAKE!

A slice of pumpkin spice cake topped with cream cheese frosting. Fall foliage in the background.
Cake mix pumpkin spice cake

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All you need is a box of spice cake mix, a 15 oz can organic pumpkin, vegetable oil and eggs. Your kitchen will smell like pumpkin spice and your kids (like mine will be asking…is it done yet?)

Now normally, I usually take the LONG way around and have to make my cakes from scratch. This is because I’m (mostly) gluten-free and typically use various combinations of gluten-free flours, such as rice flour, coconut flour or 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose flour. However, every now and then ~ I CHEAT (gasp)!!! Yes, in my weak moments, if there is something that is going to get me to cheat…it’s CAKE. I’m a busy mom often short on time and I’m sure this recipe using cake mix will appeal to many people. And that is why I’m sharing it with you today.

Cake mix pumpkin spice cake with a platter of cake squares in the background.
I’m thankful for pumpkin spice

This is definitely the season to be thankful. It’s the time of year we North Americans go crazy over pumpkins and pumpkin spice. This cake fits right in with that theme and I love it! I do consider myself lucky. And I’m thankful that I can tolerate a small amount of gluten every now and then (unlike many other people with Celiac disease, which is of course no joking matter). In fact, I’m willing to bet money on it…that if you use a mix like Namaste Foods, Gluten Free Spice Cake Mix, this recipe will still turn out for you!  I will be doing that next time around. The trick is to check the amount of oil requested in the mix directions and add one additional egg than suggested. The pumpkin adds additional moisture, so there is no need to add water. The batter should look thick, but smooth and still pour out easily. If it’s not, fold in a small amount of water a little at a time.

Overhead view of a platter of pumpkin spice cake.

I just happened to have this Betty Crocker Supermoist Spice Cake Mix in the cupboard and went full tilt forward. I don’t think it matters so much what brand you use. If you prefer Duncan Hines…by all means, use that. The “cake mix” pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting was devoured quickly. I’m sure the family will be asking for this cake again soon. It was perfect with a nice cup of tea. It also makes a great dessert to bring to a potluck or party. In fact, I recently bought this new Wilton Perfect Results 13×9 Covered Cake Pan and it came with a handy top for transporting or storing the cake in the fridge. Can’t get an easier than that!

I hope you enjoy this recipe. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think.

Happy cooking,


Essentials for this recipe:
Power Hand Mixer
Wilton Perfect Results 13×9 Covered Cake Pan
Spatula Set
Mixing Bowls Set

Cake mix pumpkin spice cake with cream cheese frosting

Easy cake mix pumpkin spice cake recipe with cream cheese frosting. Sometimes you just need things to be easy. Sometimes you just need a no-fail, deliciously moist cake everyone loves. THIS is the cake!

The cake

  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1/2 cup neutral salad oil ((vegetable oil))
  • 1 15 oz can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) ((about 1 1/2 cups pumpkin))
  • 4 large eggs

Cream cheese frosting

  • 2 8 oz packages cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (softened)
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (sifted (confectioner’s sugar))
  1. Place the oven rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 13 x 9 cake pan well.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the wet ingredients (oil, pumpkin and eggs) until they are well incorporated. Slowly add the spice cake mix into the wet ingredients.
  3. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer and beat the cake batter for 2 minutes on medium-high speed until everything is smooth and well incorporated. Pour the batter into the cake pan.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes or until the a cake tester comes out clean from the middle of the cake. Allow the cake to cool completely before frosting.

Cream cheese frosting

  1. Sift the powdered sugar to remove any lumps. Using a hand mixer, cream the butter, cream cheese and vanilla until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and mix until well incorporated. Frost on a cooled cake.

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  1. Can’t go wrong with anything pumpkin spice right about now, and cream cheese frosting is definitely one of my favorite things. Great simple recipe!

  2. LOVE ,LOVE, LOVE, pumpkin EVERYTHING. In fact I have been know to make extra pumpkin pie….so I can have it throughout the year. There are not enough ways to enjoy this seasonal delight….and this cake is a sure crowd pleaser.

  3. Mmmm. Spice cake. I love it, especially with pumpkin added. Your cake looks so delicious, I can’t wait to try it! I love the frosting and have to be careful not to eat too much of it before I put it on the cake! 😉

    • Michelle Barsness

      I know! That frosting is the bomb! I have a hard time keeping the kids out of the bowl too before it’s on the cake. Thank you for visiting Elaine.

  4. This looks SO moist! I love that you added a simple twist to a boxed mix! I am a big boxed mix girl since I feel they are too delicious and convenient to pass up. Great idea!!!

  5. My goal lately is to literally add pumpkin to everything so adding it to a spice cake mix is superb in my books. They look like a great treat for these fall days!

  6. I love “easy” and cream cheese frosting is yummy. Thanks

  7. Yay for pumpkin EVERYTHING! My hubster is all about pumpkin cakes—especially with that cream cheese frosting! But I agree: who has the time to make everything from scratch ALL the TIME? This sounds super delicious: I will definitely be making it soon!

  8. Your cake looks SO moist and that cream cheese frosting is seriously calling my name. This looks so easy, I’m going to make it for our Holiday party. Thanks for sharing!

  9. I love the way my house smells after I bake with pumpkin! I don’t mind eating the treats, either. 🙂 This looks great!

  10. It’s going to be a fantastic treat for my kids ! Pumpkin are almost everywhere now and you can’t go wrong with it !

  11. It’s hard to go wrong with pumpkin spice! I love how you made it extra easy by including a cake mix!

  12. This looks SO delicious. Really obsessed with pumpkin recipes right now, so I think I’d love this one! Hope to make it soon!

  13. Amanda Mason

    This is a CLASSIC recipe that is perfect for Fall! I can picture myself eating a piece of this after my Thanksgiving dinner! YUM! Thanks for posting!


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