Simple Pumpkin Cake Recipe

A simple, moist, and irresistibly spiced pumpkin cake recipe perfect for any season but especially delightful during the fall. This guide will walk you through the easy steps to creating a pumpkin cake that's bound to impress.

Welcome to your new favorite dessert: the simple pumpkin cake!

This cake combines the warmth of pumpkin spices with the simplicity of easy baking, perfect for both novice bakers and seasoned pastry chefs alike.


For this recipe, you'll need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation Steps

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  3. In another bowl, beat together the sugar, oil, pumpkin puree, eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan.

Cooking Process

Bake in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.

Serving Suggestions

This cake is delicious served warm. For a festive touch, sprinkle with powdered sugar or top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


  • Vegan: Substitute eggs with apple sauce and use a plant-based oil.
  • Gluten-Free: Use gluten-free all-purpose flour in place of regular flour.

Storage Tips

Store any leftover cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or refrigerate for longer shelf life.

Nutritional Information

Each serving provides approximately 300 calories, mainly from carbohydrates and fats, making it a hearty treat.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • Overmixing the batter can lead to a dense cake.
  • Ensure all ingredients are at room temperature to blend smoothly.

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