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Pumpkin Spice Cake

A big hit at bridal shows and Fall weddings. Always gets rave reviews and requests for more from my brides and grooms.


  • One box of Duncan Hines standard yellow cake mix (not the butter recipe) One box of Duncan Hines Spice Cake Mix One box of Instant Jello Pumpkin Spice Pudding Mix (hard to find this year and can be eliminated but it's better with the pudding mix in it) 6 whole eggs 2/3rd a's of cup of liquid canola oil 2 cups of water (depending on your location, you may need more?) 1/4th cup molasses (dark unsulphered) 1 can of spiceless pumpkin (not the huge can with the spices added) standard sized can 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (lightly packed) 1 tsp. cinnamon (level) 1 tsp. cloves (level) 1 tsp. ginger (level)


Toss everything into your mixing bowl and mix away in no particular order. Makes two 10" cakes or three 8" or one 12". I bake at 350 until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Fill with sweetened cream cheese, or Jello Instant Pumpkin Spice pudding mix (made with heavy cream and whole milk) or apple compote (pre-cooked apple pie filling). It's out of this world and I even have photographers at wedding shows hunting me down for a sample before the room fills with brides.

Comments (13)

I can't wait to make this cake. Can you be more specific about the filling? Do you use a cream cheese frosting or a glaze?
So, the pumpkin you used is the small can (15 oz) not the large can? This sounds yummy and I have all the ingredients. I will have to try this one!!! Thank you.
Is there a substitute for the pumpkin spice pudding? I can't find it anywhere but Amazon, who only sells the 24 pack! :?
Hey bobwonderbuns, I just found the pudding mix at Walmart with the holiday baking ingredients near the fruit cake fruits.
My husband and I made this last night. It was absolutely delicious! The recipe made two 8" layers and 30 cupcakes. We paired it with a cinnamon brown sugar cream cheese frosting that made it even more amazing! This recipe definitely deserves a 10 out or 10. Thanks for sharing. :D
deliciousIntent that cinnamon brown sugar cream cheese frosting sounds delicious how did u make it if u dont mind measking?
Okay I made this yesterday for the bottom tier of a three tier cake. I ate the scooby snacks after trimming the cake and I must say this cake is TO DIE FOR!!! It's absolutely delicious!! I did find the pumpkin spice pudding mix online and ordered a bunch of it and instead of using the three individual spices, I used 1 TBSP pumpkin pie spice. It was sooooo good that I also added some pumpkin pie spice to my Vanilla buttercream for the filling. The cake is due Sunday so I'll keep y'all posted! Thanks again for sharing this awesome recipe!! (Oh, and for anyone who uses the batter chart, it makes 12 cups of batter.) Thanks again! :D
This is our new family favorite! Everyone loved it even all the kids!
Denise~~ I "risked" all the ingredients, buying 24 boxes (yes....24 boxes) of Pumpkin Spice Instant Pudding online thru Amazon after searching 7 supermarkets and WalMart and not finding the pudding mix during the fall of 2011. I finally made this cake for a cake tasting at my San Diego Cake Club in August, 2012. This is a group of 12 people who KNOW cake. (We usually have about 35 people, but they hadn't returned from the International Cake Show, ICES.) The combined group on this particular evening probably had a minimum of 120 YEARS of cake experience (at 10 years per person). Some members have been in the cake community for 50 years.....) This recipe was the runaway winner!!! 6 of 12 reviews rated it 5 stars which was labeled "The best you've ever tasted". The other reviews weren't far behind. (Even MY super-picky extended family and kids LOVED it. I almost died of shock.) This recipe does produce about 12 cups of batter, but the cakes have a very small amount of rise. That amount is only sufficient for: two 10? cakes or three 8? or one 12? (but it's TOTALLY worth it!!!) You seriously need to bump this or create a new thread for the 2012 Holiday baking season. You may quote me word-for-word! Apti
I just finished making two batches of this recipe. Both collapsed horribly. I thought maybe I had a bad mix the first time, but even with brand new ingredients, they fell. I baked in a bundt pan and in regular 2-inch high round pans. All cakes are unusable as cake layers. Looks like cake balls are going to be the special of the month.
Denise...  I made this cake last year and gotten rave reviews.  But, I lost my recipe...searching for almost 2 hours, said a prayer and there it was!!!   Somehow...this recipe needs to be moved to threads about pumpkin is the best by far that I have tried.  I didn't "tweak" except to add a little bit more spices (I have a kid that loves "very spicy" pumpkin pies, cakes and bars) but not enough to alter the recipe.  I can't thank you enough!!!     For those that asked about icings...I used a burnt butter buttercream.  I didn't want to detract one iota from the cake!!!
Chiming in again in 2014.  I posted this recipe on the Wilton forum (giving DeniseNH credit!).  A lot of members on Wilton have made the recipe and have used quite a few substitutions that have worked very well.  For more information, please read all 4 pages of the thread:
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