Pumpkin Dessert is a moist and soft pumpkin-flavored pound cake drizzled with a sweet cream cheese glaze. While both are amazing on their own, the cream cheese glaze really takes this dessert to a whole new level of deliciousness! If you love everything pumpkin, make sure you check out my Pumpkin Cheesecake and Pumpkin Waffles!

That GLAZE though!!

Pumpkin Dessert

Yes, I described this dessert as a pound cake, but it does not exactly meet the criteria. The definition of a pound cake is “a rich cake containing a pound, or equal weights, of each chief ingredient, typically flour, butter, and sugar”. So, although it does not officially qualify as such, it has the amazing flavor and texture density that a pound cake does. And, of course, it has all the pumpkin flavor you would expect from a pumpkin dessert!

This takes pumpkin to a whole new level!

Ingredients & Substitutions

Room Temperature Ingredients: I can’t stress enough that this cake needs to be made with room temperature ingredients (butter, eggs, buttermilk). This will ensure easier mixing and helps achieve that perfect crumb.

Glaze: This glaze is totally customizable, but I do encourage you to try it as-is first. If you don’t happen to have buttermilk on hand, make your own or use whole milk instead. However, using milk will create less depth of flavor and will result in a sweeter glaze.

Pure Pumpkin vs. Pumpkin Pie Filling

100% Pure Pumpkin, also known as pumpkin puree, is cooked pumpkin that is blended or mashed into a smooth texture. There should be no seasoning, spice, flavoring, or sugar added. Pumpkin Pie Filling has spices and sweeteners added. They should not be used interchangeably.

This takes pumpkin to a whole new level!

When to add the Glaze

In this recipe, I have you make the glaze first, but don’t be tempted to eat it before adding it to the cake! Anyway, when it comes to adding the cream cheese glaze, you can do it while the cake is still warm or after it has cooled. If you drizzle while the cake is warm, the glaze will soak into the cake more. If you drizzle when the cake is cool, the glaze will appear thicker. It’s the right choice either way!

What is a Tube Pan?

A tube pan is any type of round baking pan that has a hollow tube in its center. The tube helps large, deep cakes bake faster. It often has detachable sides.

If you do not have a tube pan, you can use a bundt pan. If you do not have a bundt pan, simply place a glass cup or ramekin in the middle of a large cake pan (I recommend at least a 9-inch for this cake, 10-inch is ideal) before pouring the batter inside.

This takes pumpkin to a whole new level!

How to Store Pumpkin Dessert

Because of the cream cheese glaze, store this cake in the refrigerator, covered, for 3-4 days. If you do not add the glaze, store the cake, wrapped in plastic wrap, at room temperature for up to 3 days. You can also freeze the cake without the glaze for up to 3 months.

More Pumpkin Desserts

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Pumpkin Dessert

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Pumpkin Dessert is a moist and soft pumpkin-flavored pound cake drizzled with a sweet cream cheese glaze.

Ingredients

Cream Cheese Glaze

  • 5 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • cup (83 g) confectioners' sugar
  • cup (82 g) buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pumpkin Cake

  • ¾ cup (150 g) granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup (150 g) light brown sugar, packed
  • ½ cup (1 stick / 113 g) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (375 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup (184 g) buttermilk, room temperature

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 10-inch tube pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.

Glaze

  • To the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, add the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, buttermilk, and vanilla. Combine until fully incorporated, about 5 minutes, or until smooth. Set aside.

Pumpkin Cake

  • In a large bowl, add granulated sugar, brown sugar, and butter. Beat with a mixer at medium speed for 3-5 minutes, or until well blended.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Stir in pumpkin pie filling and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Alternate adding the flour mixture and buttermilk to the sugar mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
  • Transfer the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean, a few crumbs are okay.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pan, and allow it to continue cooling on a wire rack.
  • Drizzle the glaze on the warm or cooled cake.

Video

Notes

I said pumpkin puree in the video – that was an error, I meant Pumpkin Pie Filling!
The difference between pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie filling is the additional spices added to the pumpkin pie filling.
If you only have Pumpkin Puree available, you will need to add extra seasoning to the recipe. 
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

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Reader Comments

  1. Thoughts on baking in the Instant Pot? Any suggestions on length of time to bake when using it? Would love to make it but always short on time. Instant Pot really helps with that. Thanks in advance!

  2. This recipe looks doable for my novice skills, except can I use a hand mixer because I don’t have a standing one?

  3. Question on the pumpkin cake. I’ve got miniature fluted bundt pans. Do you think I could do this pumpkin cake in those and serve them like little individual cakes?

    1. Hi, Rhonda! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. 1604 calories would be for the whole cake. If cut into 12 servings, each piece would be about 394 calories. Have a great day!

  4. Can I use Bundt pan instead of a tube pan ?
    I don’t have a tube pan .

    You say to use purée pumpkin in your video
    In the recipe it said a pumpkin filling ?
    Which one can you use ?

    1. Hi, Denise! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Yes, you can use a Bundt pan for this recipe. And, the written recipe is correct–use pumpkin pie filling (not puree). Have a great day!

  5. Made this pumpkin cake with cream cheese icing for our thanksgiving. It took double the time to cook and the cake was very heavy and even though I cooked it for nearly 3 hours it was still doughy in the middle. Such a waste of ingredients

  6. Pumpkin pie filling not only has spices in it, but it also has water and sugar in it, so how can you use pumpkin puree instead without adding more liquid and more sugar to the recipe?

  7. I double the recipe it came out perfectly fine next time I think I’m going to add some raisins and pecans just to change it up a little bit

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