Easy Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

It’s Pumpkin Season!

I absolutely love pumpkin desserts! Unfortunately for my husband, he does not. I don’t get it, I literally can’t even get him to try a piece! That is not going to stop me from making them though. Clearly, there are plenty of people that will help me eat these. I took this cake to work and everyone LOVED it!! It didn’t last long!!

Usually, I look for desserts that are EASY to make, and don’t have a lot of ingredients. Once I see a long laundry list of ingredients and directions, I shut down and move on. I turn to box cake mix for a lot of desserts, for a few reasons…it’s quick, it’s easy and did I mention it’s quick and easy?! Additionally, there are so many different flavors you can add to a box of yellow cake mix, and pumpkin is one! This dessert tastes as good as it looks and you can definitely taste all of the flavors. I love how this cake is super moist (thanks to the pumpkin) and the cream cheese frosting gives it an extra creamy texture. I can’t wait for you to try it!

With only 15 minutes of prep time and 25 minutes of baking time, this cake is a real winner in my book!

  • 15 Minute Prep Time
  • 20-25 Minutes Bake Time


  • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix (Use Duncan Hines Yellow Cake for Soy Free!)
  • 1 15-ounce can of Pumpkin
  • 2 Eggs
  • 5 Tablespoons salted butter (softened)
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon + extra to sprinkle on top!
  • 1 Teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1-2 Cans of cream cheese frosting


  • Preheat Oven to 350 Degrees F
  • Grease a 13×9 inch pan (I used butter and Flour, but you can use a baking spray)
  • Mix together butter, cake mix, and eggs
  • Add the pumpin, vanilla and the spices
  • Mix until well incorporated
  • Pour into the dish
  • Bake for 20-25 Minutes
  • Let the cake cool before frosting
  • Decorate with Cream Cheese frosting and sprinkle with cinnamon

How To Decorate The Top

  • #22 Wilton Decorating Tip (my favorite!)
  • Fill a 12″ or 16″ piping bag with the cream cheese frosting
  • I used 1.5 cans to do the top because I was generous with the frosting. If you only want to spread it out with a spatula, 1 can will do.
  • Start at one end of the cake and do a row of swirls, followed by a row of star dots and repeat until the cake is completely frosted
  • Sprinkle with Cinnamon
  • Enjoy!

Fall Is Here!! Let’s make a Cake

Yesterday was the first day that has really felt cold in Michigan. I love fall and have been waiting patiently for sweater weather!! So, I wanted to celebrate what felt like the first day of fall with a fall cake!! 🍂 I sort of winged this cake and I wish I was a little more calculated on what I was doing, but nonetheless it’s still pretty and will get eaten for sure! In my video below I am going to show you how to make a simple, but cute Fall Cake! I used Betty Crocker Vanilla Cake this time, which I LOVE, and Betty Crocker Creamy Vanilla frosting and Chocolate (for the tree). Why would I ever want to dye something brown when you can use Chocolate!!! Yum! With some fall colors this cake surely gives me all the fall feels.

Decorating Cakes can be frustrating, however if you stick to it and have fun with it that is all that matters. I find the initial frosting of the whole cake is the hardest part! Watch the video below to see how this cake came to be!

What I used


  • Start by first frosting your entire cake with white frosting
  • Pipe on your sunflowers petals, and stems
  • Outline your pumpkin and fill it in!
  • Make your tree trunk and branches then top with leaves
  • Do the border of the cake, and your finished. Easy peasy!

Tips and Tricks

  • If you have any cookie cutters at home, they are great for creating an outline on a cake! If you don’t have any you can always trace around a shape printed on a piece of paper.
  • It always helps to color your frosting at once and have your bags ready to go!
  • #18 Star tip is my FAVORITE decorating tip. It’s easy to control and always looks great!