Halloween Pumpkin Cake – so easy it’s scary!


A recipe from our guest contributor and baker extraordinaire, Mary Jordan.

This recipe was passed around my neighborhood some years ago and it is a favorite of mine this time of year. The cake is super easy to make, with only 4 ingredients, so even your 7 year old could make it! Mix together a spice cake mix, a can of pumpkin, 4 eggs and 1/4 cup canola oil. Bake for 30 minutes and you’ve got a very moist cake, with a texture somewhere between a sheet cake and a pumpkin pie. Then just finish it with a luscious cream cheese frosting. It’s SO easy!

Many of my friends now make this instead of pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner. Enjoy!

Can’t get enough pumpkin this time of year? You might try these recipes:
Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
Helen’s Pumpkin Bran Bars
Wheat Waffles Pumpkin Waffles

Halloween Pumpkin Cake – so easy it’s scary!

Recipe Type: Easy Cake Recipe
Author: A Passionate Plate Guest Contributor – Mary Jordan
Serves: 8-10
With just four ingredients, this is a very easy cake to make. It is moist, full of spice, and delicious. What a great project when you are baking with kids!
  • 1 box of Spice Cake Mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 large can (29oz) pumpkin
  • Frost with the cream cheese frosting of your choice
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9″ x 13″ pan by greasing or spraying with non-stick spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, oil, egg, and pumpkin. Mix well.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. A knife should come out clean.


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  2. Helen says:

    This recipe is really great with a carrot cake mix and makes enough batter for 24 beautiful cupcakes!

  3. Dave Erickson says:

    This dessert was great hit for the office staff on Monday Morning this week.
    Even the non-believers – those not liking Pumpkin, were won over. I think the fabulous recipe for cream cheese frosting will have a multitude of uses besides this great dessert. Not being able to find ‘spice cake’ we substituted a mix of carrot cake – results were wonderful. – Uncle Dave

    • MaryMiller says:

      So glad you and your co-workers enjoyed it! I have heard that you can use any kind of cake mix – even chocolate – with great results! Thanks for taking time to share your feedback with us. We really appreciate it!!

  4. Jim Oswald says:

    This cake is so good, I could eat a whole one in one sitting. Maybe it’s just the yummy cream-cheese frosting, but the cake itself is incredibly dense and moist. YUM!!

    Jim Oswald

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