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Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
1 hr 18 mins

This Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting is irresistibly delicious. It's super soft and moist sponge has an incredible pumpkin flavor. Topped with a sweet and tangy cinnamon cream cheese frosting just makes this cake shine and attract pumpkin lovers!

Keyword: easy cake recipe, homegrown pumpkin, kid friendly recipe, Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting, soft and moist cake
Servings: 12 people
Author: Valya of The Farm Girl Blog
  • Pumpkin Sheet Cake Batter Ingredients
  • 3 large – eggs (I used home eggs)
  • 1 cup – organic sugar
  • ½ cup – organic unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 cup – pumpkin puree (I used homemade pumpkin puree)
  • 2 tsp. – pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ⅓ cups – organic all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. – ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. – pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 tsp. – baking powder
  • 1 tsp. – baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. – sea salt
  • Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients
  • 8 oz. (227 g – cream cheese (softened)
  • 4 oz. (113 g) – unsalted butter (softened)
  • ½ cup – organic sugar
  • 2 cups (473 ml – heavy whipping cream (I used 40 % cream)
  • 1 tsp. – pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. – ground cinnamon
  • Chocolate shavings or nuts (for topping the cake – optional)
  1. Pumpkin Sheet Cake Batter Instructions

  2. You'll need the star of the recipe--homemade pumpkin puree--for this recipe (but you may use store-bought as well if you must). The puree is easier to make than you think. And tastes so much better and richer. .

  3. Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9x13 baking pan with butter and place a sheet of parchment paper on the bottom of the pan (optional). Start by sifting the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Using a hand whisker, combine well, and set aside until ready for use.

  4. Next, in a mixer bowl, mix together eggs and sugar until fluffy and pale yellow in color. Then, add apple sauce, pumpkin puree, vanilla and mix for another minute or so.

  5. Remove the bowl from the mixer and add the dry ingredients in three separate addition, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to over mix the batter. (Overmixing will result in deflated air bubbles in the batter and the cake may turn out denser than you'll like. Not as fluffy and airy.

  6. Pumpkin Sheet Cake Baking Instructions

  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack. While the cake is cooling, let's make the frosting. And the BEST part of the cake! ;)

  8. Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting Instructions

  9. Beat room temperature cream cheese and sugar on high speed until combined. Add room temperature butter and beat again. Scrape down the sides of the bowl using a silicone spatula in between mixing.

  10. Then add cold heavy whipping cream. Firstly, beat on low, then gradually increase the speed (to prevent splatter) until the cream begins to thicken. Scrape down the bowl again, to ensure all of the cream is incorporated. Beat once more until thick and well mixed.

  11. Last but not least, add vanilla, cinnamon, and mix just until combined. Scrape down the sides and beat once more to ensure the cream and spices are well combined.

  12. Finally, spread the frosting over the cooled cake sponge. Top the cake with toasted nuts or shaved chocolate. Slice and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The cake can be made in a couple of days in advance. Refrigerate the cake covered for up to 5 days. Goes amazingly with a cup of hot coffee on a cold Fall morning ;)