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2 Ingredient Pumpkin Cake

We’ve all been there. You buy a can of pumpkin puree with the best of intentions, but then… it just sits in your pantry for months on end. Well, today is the day to finally use it! This 2 ingredient pumpkin cake is so easy to make, you’ll be surprised. Plus, it’s perfect for any Fall gathering – or even Christmas! Let's get baking!

If you're in the mood for something pumpkin-y but don't want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, this two-ingredient pumpkin cake is the perfect fall treat.

2 Ingredient Pumpkin Cake Recipe for Pinterest

An easy slightly altered cake mix recipe that's absolutely delicious and, as an added bonus, it's also low fat and is a favorite Weight Watchers recipe with all of your favorite flavors of fall.

Desserts seems to be everywhere this time of year and if you're looking for a healthier option with the pumpkin flavor you love this will be your new go-to recipe.

2 ingredient pumpkin cake cut into slices on a black wire rack

It all starts with a box of cake mix. I recommend spice cake mix since it's made with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice so there's no need to add any additional pumpkin pie spice.

The only other ingredient you'll be using is canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling but regular good ole pumpkin puree.

This was inspired by my pumpkin biscotti recipe (made with a muffin mix) and this delicious low saturated fat and high protein pumpkin smoothie.

You can find all of my easy pumpkin recipes here.

2 Ingredient pumpkin cake on white plate with cool whip

I made this cake the other day for my guys and no one could believe that it was made with only 2 ingredients. It's now a new family favorite. It was moist and delicious and not overwhelming.

I've seen other recipes that mention adding a frosting, like this cream cheese frosting, but to keep it on the healthier side I just added a tablespoon of Cool Whip to the top of the cake and that was perfect! You could also use whipped cream (my personal favorite).

My oldest son likes to have it topped with this homemade apple butter.

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🥘The Ingredients

This is an overview of the ingredients. You'll find the full measurements and instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.

Spice Cake Mix and Pumpkin Puree for making 2 ingredient pumpkin cake
  • box of spice cake mix
  • can of pumpkin puree

See recipe card for quantities.

📋Instructions

This is an overview of the instructions. Full instructions and nutrition facts can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

spice cake mix with pumpkin puree in a glass bowl

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the dry cake mix and pumpkin puree until smooth. Don't follow the instructions on the box! I like to use a spatula to start the mixing process and then switch to my electric mixer to do it a bit more quickly than just mixing and stirring alone.

2 ingredient pumpkin cake in glass baking dish

Spoon batter into a 9 x 13-inch pan sprayed with baking spray first or nonstick cooking spray, smoothing the top, and bake in preheated oven for 25-27 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.

fresh from the oven 2 ingredient pumpkin cake

Allow this delicious cake to cool completely and serve!

3 ingredient pumpkin cake

*I experimented and after placing approximately half of the batter into an 8 x 8 inch pan I added 1 egg to the remaining cake batter and then poured that into another 8 x 8 inch pan and baked both at the same time.

2 Ingredient pumpkin cake on white plate with cool whip

The cake with the egg was definitely fluffier but both (egg and non-egg) versions tasted delicious.

Top Tips

  • Note that this is a thick batter, not a light and fluffy cake batter that you may be familiar with.

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📖 Variations

  • Easy Pumpkin Muffins - instead of making this a cake you can easily make muffins instead using this simple recipe.
  • Chocolate Cake Mix or Yellow Cake Mix can be used but the flavor will not have the same punch. You can add some cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, or pumpkin pie spice if desired. I would recommend adding no more than ¼ teaspoon of any of the seasonings listed (not all, just pick your favorite) to the dry cake mix before adding the pumpkin puree.
  • Chocolate Chip- gently stir in ½ cup of chocolate chips to the batter before baking.
  • Craisins, raisins, nuts - add ½ cup to batter and give it a little stir before baking.

Want some pumpkin cookies? Check out this easy and tasty recipe!

🍽 Equipment

You probably have everything you need but just in case, here is the equipment I recommend.

🍱Storage

Store in an airtight container on the counter for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

The baked cake can also be stored in the freezer, in an airtight container, for up to 3 months. I like to cut up the cake into single serve portions and flash freeze on a cookie sheet before placing it in a Ziplock or other freezer safe container. Then, when I want just one piece, I take it out and leave it on the countertop for a bit to thaw or place it in the microwave for 15 to 20 seconds.

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If you click on the number of servings in the recipe card below ⬇️ you can adjust the measurements up or down for the exact number of servings you need.

📖 Recipe

2 Ingredient Pumpkin Cake

We’ve all been there. You buy a can of pumpkin puree with the best of intentions, but then… it just sits in your pantry for months on end. Well, today is the day to finally use it! This 2 ingredient pumpkin cake is so easy to make, you’ll be surprised. Plus, it’s perfect for any Fall gathering – or even Christmas! Let's get baking!
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Spice Cake Mix and Pumpkin Puree for making 2 ingredient pumpkin cake
Prep Time:6 mins
Cook Time:30 mins
Total Time:36 mins

Ingredients

  • 15.25 ounces spice cake mix I used Betty Crocker Super Moist Spice Cake Mix
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree Libby's 100% pumpkin

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 °F
    15.25 ounces spice cake mix, 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  • Spray baking pan(s) with baking spray or cooking spray.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the dry cake mix and pumpkin puree until smooth. Don't follow the instructions on the box! I like to use a spatula to start the mixing process and then switch to my hand mixer to do it a bit more quickly than just mixing and stirring alone.
  • Spoon batter into a 9 x 13-inch pan sprayed with baking spray first, smoothing the top, and bake for 25-27 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean.
  • Allow cake to cool completely and serve!

Notes

I also tried this recipe by adding 1 egg to half of the batter and while the taste results weren't affected much at all, the final baked cake was fluffier. If you choose to use eggs add 2 to the total recipe and bake exactly as directed above. 2 ingredient pumpkin cake with egg added - 3 ingredients - after removing from oven

As with any of my recipes, calorie counts and nutritional information varies greatly depending on which products you choose to use when cooking this dish.

Nutrition

Serving: 16servings | Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 4137IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 2mg
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 127kcal
Author: Mary Beth
Cost: $4.00

Who knew you could make something so delicious from a boxed cake mix?

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10 Comments

  1. Roberta Westbrooks says:

    This cake recipe sounds and looks so good.
    Thanks and happy holidays to you and yours.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Roberta! Happy holidays to you and yours as well. xo

  2. I was thinking of putting in a can of crushed pineapple, do you think that would work?

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Pat, I'm not sure if crushed pineapple would work with a regular cake mix but I know that you can add a can of crushed pineapple to an angel food cake mix and it's delicious! If you go the route of the angel food cake mix and pineapple mix by hand and pour into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish - bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

      1. Thank you. I'll try that! It sounds delicious!

        1. Mary Beth says:

          You're welcome, Pat!

  3. How can I make this using a gluten free cake mix as the size is different?

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hi Jane, It's hard to say without knowing the specific size mix you are using but as a general rule of thumb I would say if the gluten free mix is roughly half the size of a standard box of dry cake mix you could try to use 1/2 of a can of the pumpkin puree and that should work.

  4. George Ruffner says:

    Thank you so very much for a recipe even I can use.
    George in Florida 😎

    1. Mary Beth says:

      You are so very welcome, George! And thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I truly appreciate you.