Pumpkin Spiced Cake


If you are looking for dessert options other than the pumpkin pie for your Thanksgiving Feast, then look no further and try this moist and flavorful cake. It’s just  a pure  pumpkin cake with the right amount of  flavor, soft crumb, not too sweet and a pleasant blend of spices , none of them are over powering. This cake is absolutely special as it’s my first Bundt cake. The beauty of any Bundt cake is that it doesn’t need much garnishing, a big plus for an occasional baker like me.




Serves: 12-14

Prep : 15 minutes

Baking : 45 minutes

Ready in : 60 minutes



1.5 cups sugar

1/2 cup vegetable oil

½ cup applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups canned pumpkin ( I used Libbey’s)

( one 15 oz can of  pumpkin purée yields 2 cups)

4 eggs

2 cups whole wheat flour

3 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 12 by 18 inch cake pan . I used a Bundt pan.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine sugar, oil and applesauce. Blend in vanilla and pumpkin, then beat in eggs, one at a time. Gradually pour in the dry flour mixture . Mix all the ingredients well. Stir in the walnuts if using. Spread batter into prepared cake pan.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes ( for 12 by 18 inch pan) , or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. For my  Bundt pan,  I baked for 45 minutes.  Let it cool.
  5. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and serve.




If you like more spice, you can also add 1 teaspoon each of nutmeg, allspice and ground cloves. Add them when you are sifting the dry flour mixture ( step 2 above ).

You can also make muffins with same batter,  just bake for 18 minutes.

You may also use any crème cheese frosting or caramel /chocolate sauce for garnishing.

Whatever way you present this cake, it’s going to be everyone’s favorite.


DIY  Table Runner for Thanksgiving 

A few years ago, I painted this burlap table runner with different acrylic colors and this runner was ready in less than 30 minutes. You can buy burlap as lose fabric from any craft store and use your imagination to create a DIY runner which in itself is a centerpiece.



Have a nice Thanksgiving with your family and friends !




  1. This looks incredible and perfect for the Holiday Season!

  2. such a cute table runner and yes! Bunt cakes are meant to be left alone! They are pretty enough!

  3. I love a good bundt cake! Looks yummy 🙂

  4. Pumpkin Spice cakes are my favorite. Pumpkin really is up there on top specifically. We keep it stocked in the pantry to enjoy all year 😉

  5. I love pumpkin spice cakes and would love to get a bundt tin to make cakes that look like this.

  6. Delicious cake baked in an artistic mould,makes it more tempting.

  7. I am a pumpkin fanatic….and would happily eat this for breakfast. Perfect to take to a friends for dinner too.

  8. Yum! This sounds so good, love the swirls too it, never been much of a baker but this looks good

  9. This cake looks so pretty! It would look beautiful sitting in the middle of the dining table. Sounds delicious, too. I’m definitely keen to give it a try – yum! 🙂

    Christie’s Take on Life. xx

  10. This cake sounds delicious and your pictures are beautiful! 🙂

  11. What a wonderful option that can be made in one hour! The cake looks moist and just about perfect – a great alternative to pie, for sure!

  12. I cant believe how easy this is to make! On my meal plan list for next week for sure!

  13. Such a beautiful Bundt cake! Will have to give this a try!

  14. Oh my! This couldn’t be more perfectly timed! Thanks so much for sharing this. I will definitely be trying this recipe out for Thanksgiving this week.

  15. This cake sounds delicious and it’s so pretty too! I’ll have to try making it!


  16. Would love to try this one, I love my pumpkin

  17. What a great shape you got for the pumpkin cake, such a great option to have one on Thanksgiving with other snacks.

  18. Great recipe for the holidays. How amazing is that tin. Such a great shape for a special occasion.

  19. Beautiful! And it must be very yummy! I am disaster when it comes to baking but I love to look at the pictures and the recipe and I just bake in my head! And then I go to the kitchen and take a bite of a bought cake wishing I was eating your cake!

  20. Love the DIY table runner! I’ve never tried spiced cake before. This looks really yummy! Love to give it a try.

  21. Those pictures are lovely! The cake reminds me of one my grandma used to bake, for the afternoon coffee, so comforting!

  22. I love the simplicity of this cake. With the right ingredients, you don’t need anything more. Beautiful photo, too!

  23. That’s a great alternative to the boring pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. I’m planning to cook duck instead of turkey and this cake instead of pumpkin pie ))

  24. A lovely alternative to pie and such a pretty shape! This sounds like it would be perfect with a cup of coffee!

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