Pumpkin Cake with Spiced Buttercream
It’s that time of year! Halloween is just around the corner, so that means from here until the New Year, it’s all about pumpkin. This pumpkin cake with spiced buttercream is definitely the pumpkin treat to take to all your holiday parties!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
- 1 cup pumpkin, from a can
- 1 ½ cups brown sugar
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup coconut milk, from a can
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup butter, regular or vegan, ALMOST melted (microwave the butter until it just about starts to melt)
- 1 flax seed egg, (2 Tbsp ground flax seed + 3 Tbsp water)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup almond flour
- 2 cups flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- ¾ cup chocolate chips, optional (use if not frosting the cake)
For the Spiced Buttercream
- ½ cup butter, regular or vegan, at room temperature
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 2 tsp vanilla extract, the real stuff!
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 Tbsp almond milk, or milk of choice (but I really, really recommend using almond milk!!)
Combine the wet ingredients
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, brown sugar, and sugar.
Once incorporated, add in the coconut milk and vanilla extract. Stir to combine, then mix in the butter. Now stir in the eggs or flax seed “egg.”
Add the dry ingredients
To the large bowl with the wet ingredients, add the flour, almond flour, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. (Now is also the time to add in the chocolate chips if you are making this pumpkin cake with chocolate chips and no frosting.)
Stir everything together until you have a thick, smooth batter. Be careful not to overmix!
Bake the cake
Pour the batter into your greased 9x13 inch glass baking dish. Smooth the top, and make sure the batter is evenly distributed. An offset spatula works great here!
Bake the cake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean.
Let the cake cool to room temperature before frosting, or enjoy without frosting after the cake has cooled for at least 10 minutes.
Make the buttercream
In a food processor (my preference, but you may also use a hand held or stand mixer), add the butter, powdered sugar, salt, vanilla extract, pumpkin pie spice, and 1 Tbsp almond milk. Pulse to get things going, then mix/process until smooth. It should be pretty thick!
Now add the remaining 1 Tbsp almond milk. Mix/process until that last Tbsp of almond milk has thinned the frosting out a bit, and the buttercream is smooth, creamy, and still thick enough to hold its shape. Buttercream is done!
Frost the cake
Once the cake has cooled, use an offset spatula to frost the cake. You may use a knife if you don’t have an offset spatula, but I highly HIGHLY recommend getting one! An offset spatula will make your life so much easier!
Also keep in mind that the cake will be easier to frost if the frosting is at room temperature. If the frosting is cold, it will not spread as easily!
Wait for the cake to come to room temperature before frosting so the frosting doesn't melt! Make sure the frosting is at room temperature when you frost the cake. If the frosting is cold, it will be difficult to spread. This cake can easily be made gluten free by subbing out the flour with your favorite gluten free flour blend. This cake can be made vegan or not by following the options listen in the recipe.