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Recipe: How to Make the Best Pumpkin Spice Cake Dessert

One recipe for Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe made THREE different ways! 
How to Make the Best Pumpkin Spice Cake Dessert from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Do you love pumpkin as much as I do?

One of my favorite things about Fall is pumpkin.  And I really don't know why we only enjoy the taste of pumpkin in the Fall, but it is what it is.

Today I'm sharing with you ONE recipe that you can make three different ways to enjoy the delicious dessert and taste of pumpkin spice cake.  And they're all made from a spice cake mix and a can of pumpkin puree.

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Pumpkin Spice Cake Dessert Recipe

One Recipe Made Three Different Ways

Pumpkin Spice Donuts

The first recipe is Pumpkin Spice Donuts.  Once they've cooled enough to be removed from the pan, dip each donut in melted butter.  Then dip the donut in a cinnamon/sugar mixture.  Easy and delicious!

Pumpkin Sugar Donuts from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

This is the donut pan I use.  I actually own TWO of them.  Makes it easy when making donuts.  The donuts come out great.  Just make sure you spray the pan before adding the batter. 

donut pan

Pumpkin Sugar Donuts from Walking on Sunshine Recipes FEATURED PHOTO

Mini Pumpkin Spice Cakes

The second recipe is Mini Pumpkin Spice Cakes.  Same recipe as posted below, only using a mini bundt cake pan.  Everyone gets their own little cake for dessert!
Pumpkin Spice Mini Bundt Cakes from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

This is the Mini Bundt Cake Pan I use.  I love it.  It makes really cute cakes and a fun presentation.  
Mini Bundt Cake Pan

For the Mini Pumpkin Spice Cakes, I put the cream cheese frosting in the microwave for just a few seconds and then drizzled the frosting on top of each cake followed by chopped pecans and a sprinkle of cinnamon/sugar mixture.  They were delicious.
Pumpkin Spice Mini Bundt Cakes from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Pumpkin Spice Bars

I think the most popular pumpkin dessert for the season might be Pumpkin Spice Bars.  These are made in a traditional 11X7 Baking Pan.  Or you can use a smaller pan if you want thicker bars.
Pumpkin Spice Bars from  a Cake Mix from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

Pumpkin Spice Bars from Walking on Sunshine Recipes

9 X 11 Cake Pan
Or if you want a thicker Pumpkin Spice Bar, you can use the 8 X 8 Baking Pan.
8 X 8 Cake Pan
So which one is your favorite?  

Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe Made 3 Ways from Walking on Sunshine Recipes LONG

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Pumpkin Spice Cake

An easy recipe for pumpkin spice cake that you can make THREE different ways; donuts, mini bundt cakes and pumpkin bars. This recipe was originally posted on Walking on Sunshine Recipes.


For the Cake:
  • 1 box spice cake mix
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin; not pumpkin pie filling
  • 3 eggs
Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 8 ounce block of cream cheese; softened
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla


For the Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, mix together cake mix, pumpkin puree and eggs.
  3. Spread mixture into baking pan.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
For the Frosting:
  1. In your mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  2. Add powdered sugar and mix until combined.
  3. Stir in the vanilla and then the milk.
  4. Mix until smooth and then spread on cooled cake.

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  1. I love pumpkin desserts. These look so delicious, I must give them a try.

  2. I made this cake for Thanksgiving. It was wonderful. Everyone loved it.


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