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Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Cakes 12 Different Ways

And by pumpkin cakes we mean all different kinds of mouthwatering cakes, cupcakes, cheesecakes, and cake bars. Here are a dozen of our all-time favorite pumpkin cakes to help you have a most delicious autumn.


1. Pumpkin Cake III

Even though this incredibly popular 5-star recipe was submitted as a pumpkin sheet cake, home cooks went rogue and baked it as Bundt cakes and cupcakes, as well as a sheet cake. You'll want to adjust the baking time as needed, of course.

Pumpkin Cake III

Photo by momlovestocook

2. Pumpkin Roll Cake

You're going to get a lot of compliments on this eye-catching cake. Watch the video to see how to roll it up so it turns out just right.

Related: Find more pumpkin roll recipes.

3. Holiday Pumpkin Cake with Rum-Cream Cheese Glaze

The cake itself is, in Baricat's words, "Wonderful, fabulous, superb, and every other splendiferous adjective you can come up with!" But lots of reviewers heaped extra praise on the glaze, too.

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Photo by Meredith

4. Pumpkin Spiced Dump Cake

This might be the easiest pumpkin cake you'll ever make -- all you do is dump everything into a baking pan. Sarah says, "This recipe is so easy, yet it's so delicious!"

Pumpkin Spiced Dump Cake

Photo by Yoly

5. Pumpkin Caramel Bourbon Poke Cake

Recipe creator Stasty Cook describes this confection as "A rich, creamy pumpkin poke cake with caramel and bourbon. One slice is never enough!" Home cook hello angie agrees, saying, "This cake was just perfect. I doubled the recipe and bake it in a 9x13 inch baking dish and it was the best dessert at Thanksgiving!"

6. Paul's Pumpkin Bars

What happens when you bake a cake in a wide, flat jellyroll pan? It turns into cake bars, of course. And here's one of the most popular picks. The recipe even includes the cream cheese frosting to top the bars with.

Paul's Pumpkin Bars

Photo by Paula

7. Two Ingredient Pumpkin Cake

Talk about quick and easy! Recipe creator Chickentarian says, "It can't get any easier than this! Just two ingredients and you have a moist delicious cake. Great when frosted with your favorite cream cheese frosting. Plan ahead, tastes best after chilling." Hundreds of reviewers validate it with it a solid 5-star rating.

8. Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes

Marie Robertson Klein raves, "THIS is one of the most perfect cupcakes I have ever had. They are moist, flavorful & perfectly spiced." Try one of these delectable cream cheese frostings on top, or simply dust with powdered sugar.

Pumpkin Ginger Cupcakes

Photo by naples34102

Related: Find more pumpkin cupcake recipes.

9. Pumpkin Cheesecake

No pumpkin cake roundup would be complete without a rich and cream cheesecake. In this video, Chef John shows you step-by-step how to make a perfect one.

Related: Find more pumpkin cheesecake recipes.

10. Pumpkin Spice Cake II

This highly rated pumpkin spice cake starts with yellow cake mix and ends up with rave reviews. Reviewer Renee Ridgeways says, "I'm going to divulge the secret to making this to perfection...ready??? Follow this recipe exactly and DO NOT CHANGE A THING! It is fantastic and super easy too."

Pumpkin Spice Cake II
Photo by Deb C

11. Pumpkin Magic Cake with Maple Cinnamon Whipped Cream

Talk about magic! Reviewer Alexia Childress says, "Do yourself a favor and make this. You will be a hero. I’m resting my feet right now while my family washes the dishes. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. They said it was so good I could rest while they cleaned. I’m a lucky woman!"

12. Pumpkin Chocolate Dessert Cake

"This recipe was relatively easy and caused rave reviews when served at my pumpkin carving party," says JON_YERGER. "It is rich and chocolatey with just the right amount of pumpkin pie flavor for the holiday."

Pumpkin Chocolate Dessert Cake
Photo by Laine Barash

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