Jiffy Pumpkin Cake


This easy pumpkin cake is a classic fall treat that you must make before the fall ends. The recipe uses cake mix, which makes this dessert super easy to prepare, but the cake tastes like it was made from scratch. Sour cream and pumpkin puree used in the cake batter makes this dessert incredibly moist and delicious. The homemade sweet cream cheese frosting is the perfect complement to any pumpkin cake. You will want to save this easy fall favorite dessert recipe so you can make it all year round, whenever you get the craving for a pumpkin treat. 


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  • For the Cake:
  • 1 9-ounce yellow cake mix (such as Jiffy brand)
  • 2 tablespoons tablespoons sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • For the Frosting
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray an 8 x 8 baking pan with cooking spray.

  2. Using an electric mixer, combine the cake mix, sour cream and pumpkin pie spice. Stir on low just to combine, then add the egg, water and pumpkin and mix on medium for 4 minutes, scraping down the sides once or twice.

  3. Spoon evenly into the bake pan and bake for 30-35 minutes until the cake tests done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Place on a cooling rack until completely cooled.

  4. For the frosting: use an electric mixer to combine butter and cream cheese with the vanilla until completely smooth, then gradually beat in the powdered sugar. Frost cake and cut into squares to serve.

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Wow, this was so tasty! The cake was perfectly moist and the frosting was the perfect complement. Definitely making this one again!

This was a great easy cake to make. Pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting is my idea of a perfect fall dessert.

I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin pie, but since this was more of a cake it was really good. It wasn't mushy like pies are.

The only problem with this cake is that it makes me want to go back for seconds...and thirds... I'd love even more pumpkin in there, but it's so rich and moist as is, I really can't complain. The cream cheese frosting is a nice touch, too.

Yummmm I loved the cream cheese frosting! Really delicious fall cake.

The cake was light and tasty - but too light on the pumpkin flavor. Would have liked more pumpkin. The icing is very good - sweet without being overwhelming. Next time would make the pumpkin stronger in flavor.

MMM this is the perfect pumpkin cake to get you in the fall spirit!

This was a delicious cake. The pumpkin flavor wasn't overwhelming, and the cream cheese frosting was a nice touch. It is a true fall cake in my opinion.

Delicious! I love cream cheese frosting!


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