Pumpkin Spice Cake

Only three ingredients, and it tastes wonderful! You can make cupcakes, cookies, or quick bread too.


  • 1 (15 oz.) can pure pumpkin (not pie mix)
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  • 1 pkg. spice cake mix
  • 1/4 cup tap water
  • frosting or powdered sugar if desired.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

If using a 9x13 inch baking pan, line with parchment paper or grease and flour it.

If using cupcake pans, line with cupcake papers, and spray each liner with a tiny bit of non-stick spray like Pam. One box of cake mix makes about 20 cupcakes with this recipe.

If making cookies, line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Makes a couple of sheets of cookies.

Mix cake mix, pumpkin and water in a large bowl until well blended. It starts out lumpy and suddenly all mixes together.

For cake pan, dump into cake pan and bake as directed on cake mix box.

For cupcakes, use a large spoon to scoop into cupcake papers; the mix will "sit up" somewhat so the cupcakes won't have flat tops unless you smooth them out. Bake as directed on cake mix box.


For cookies, drop by spoonfulls onto cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart, bake for 10-13 minutes.

After baking, let cool on the sheet/pan for 5-10 minutes, then remove to cooling rack.

To fancy these up, you may sprinkle them with powdered sugar or frost with white or cream cheese frosting.

If you have any that last long enough, you can freeze these!

Variations: You can add 1/2 cup raisins, dried cranberries, chopped apple, whatever you want. You can also add a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice if you want them spicier.

Servings: 20
Time:10 Minutes Preparation Time
10-35 Minutes Cooking Time

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By Eileen from Elk Grove, CA


December 13, 20100 found this helpful

Eileen, California Gal? Me so too! Can't wait to give this a try. I love how you've given so many variations for this. I've got spice cake mixes on hand, and lotsa pumpkin, both canned and my own fresh-frozen from Hallowe'en pumpkins!--but I've got no traditional oven or stove at the mo'. Situation such as I'm cooking/baking with microwave, toaster oven, elect.fry pan, crock pot, griddle/flip-to-waffle-iron, table-top grill an' like that. Got a "flip-over" broiler/bake-oven from our thrift shop the other day, but can't bake anything tall. Gonna give the cookie bit a try. Might even try 'em in the waffle iron [I've done that afore w/cake-mix cookies. Works great!]. Thanks again.

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May 6, 2014 Flag

Guilt-free! Taste like Pumpkin Bread!

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 servings

Source: My mom had this in her files


  • 1 box moist-style Spice cake mix
  • One 15-oz. can pure pumpkin


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Spray a baking pan (9x13) with cooking spray.
  3. Combine cake mix with pumpkin in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly , batter will be thick.
  4. Place in pan. Use the time they say on the box.
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