Easy Pumpkin Cake {Fall Leaf Cake}

I recently shared a delicious from scratch pumpkin cake, but I know not everyone likes to take the time (or hunt down all of the ingredients) to make a cake from scratch.  So if you’re short on time and only want to use a handful of ingredients, this is the pumpkin cake for you!

This cake was made for a fall themed bridal shower, along with some fun fall cookies!

I chose to use the doctored cake mix for this one because the cake had to travel 300+ miles and wait a day or two before being eaten. 

Did you know that a fondant covered cake can stay fresh for 3 days?  As a rule, I make and decorate my cakes just before pick up, so they’re as fresh as possible.  But in cases like this, it’s nice to know that the cake will still taste great even several days after baking and decorating. 

Because I knew it would be sitting out for a day or two, I also chose to frost this cake in a basic (Crisco based) buttercream frosting, topped with MM Fondant.  If this cake were to be eaten immediately, I would probably frost it in cream cheese frosting instead!  Either way, this cake is a delicious fall treat!

Easy Pumpkin Cake
Recipe from my Aunt, original source unknown

1 box yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin (or 1 ¾ cup pumpkin puree)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
½ tsp cloves

Preheat the oven to 350 and spray two 8-inch pans with non stick spray.

Mix together all of the cake ingredients until smooth, beating on medium speed for about 2 minutes.

Pour the batter evenly between the two pans.  Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes before flipping and cooling completely.  Once cooled, frost with MM Fondant, Basic Buttercream, or Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting!


  1. Oh, my goodness. I just clicked this link from another party, and I'm right back to your site. I love the design of your cake. How in the world do you get your buttercream so smooth? I thought it was fondant. Beautiful cake.

    I'm visiting from OneCreativeMommy.com.

    1. Hi Heidi! This one actually is fondant - looking back I can see that I was pretty misleading in my description - oops! That's what I get for proof reading late at night!

  2. Yum, that sounds delicious, and it looks so great! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  3. What a beautiful cake and adorable cookies! You are very artistic! The cake sounds delish too. Visiting from the Super Link Party :)


  4. Wow, that cake is incredibly smooth and beautiful! Well done :-)

  5. So pretty! I love the branches and the little pumpkins.

  6. Beautiful cake and cookies! Love the frosting on them!

  7. Very pretty - I love the pumpkin decorations!

    With Only 3 days left till Halloween I would love to invite you to post this over at my Halloween link party on The Purple Pumpkin Blog! Hope to see you there :)
    Michelle xoxo

  8. Easy or not - this cake looks fantastic
    A real beauty!:)

  9. I definitely need to learn some cake/cookie decorating tips from you! Thanks for linking up with us on Must Try Monday. :)

  10. So beautiful! I would be so thrilled if you would link this up to my recipe link up. It is just too gorgeous not to share with more people! ~~Katie http://www.katieslanguagecafe.com/2012/10/french-cuisine-friday-recipe-link-up-6.html

  11. Your cake is beautiful! Thanks for linking up to Friday Food Frenzy!

  12. I just love your cake! And your pumpkins are so cute. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party. I liked it so much I featured it today.


  13. As a former cake decorator, I really appreciate creative work like this. Love the vine around the cake. I'm featuring you too on the All Star Block Party

  14. It's all beautiful! Love the icing and fondant. Thanks for sharing at Must Try Monday.

  15. Hi! Stopping in to invite you to join us at the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    I hope to see you there!
    The Chicken Chick

  16. You are so creative! I always love seeing your posts :) Love the cake - the little pumpkins are cute. The cookies are so pretty.


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