Honestly, if you mention anything with pumpkin to me, I will probably already refer to whatever that may be as a dream. Yes, I am that girl. When Starbucks announces the pumpkin drink, my fall heart skips a beat. I mean, have you been to Trader Joe’s in the fall? It is a pumpkin lover’s dream! Now, I LOVE pumpkin pie, but decided I wanted to try something a little different and make a cake instead and I have to say…it really did taste like a dream…it was fluffy and had all of those fall spices we know and love.



  • 1 box Betty Crocker Spice Cake Mix / Duncan Hines makes one too
  • 1 cup Daisy Brand sour cream
  • 15 oz can Libby’s pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 1 pkg cream cheese
  • 1/4 c. butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 16 oz. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon


  1. Heat oven to 350°
  2. Beat ingredients with mixer until well blended.
  3. Pour into greased cake pan of choice.
  4. Bake until toothpick comes out clean. 28-30 minutes.
  5. Cool completely.
  6. Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting
  7. Mix well and put on cake. Icing does best if you refrigerate cake.

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October 23, 2019



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What size cake pan did you use for your pumpkin dream cake?? Can’t wait to try!!


It says “pan of choice”, but you can’t assign a general baking time to any size pan – they all vary in baking times. I used a square pan and it didn’t work; it had to bake for much longer than the recipe said, and by then the edges dried out. I would suggest an oblong pan – 9×13 would be good.

Claire Christensen
Reply to  Sara

Hi! It’s definitely too late now, but you can trim off the dried out edges and caramelization with a serrated knife and the frost it. Also you can make a simple syrup to bring the dried out cake back to life!


What kind of oil are you using for the pumpkin cake, Landyn?

Lisa M

I couldn’t find spice cake mix at my grocery store…I’m experimenting with adding pumpkin pie spice and ginger powder to a yellow cake mix!


OMG, made this for my family and they cannot get enough!! Absolutely delicious! Another Landyn win!!! Thanks!


What is the recipe for the frosting??


The frosting ingredients are right under the cake ingredients. 🤗
Cinnamon cream cheese frosting.


Frosting recipe??? Did you make it or is it store bought frosting???


Frosting recipe is listed right under cake recipe…looks SO YUMMY!


How about the frosting recipe too? It looks so good!

Karin Dayton

What size pkg of cream cheese?

Rachel Reife

I am so going to try this for work potluck next week, sounds easy enough

Heather Griffith

Has anyone made this in a jelly roll pan?


Just made this and tried it with and without the icing….delicious either way!!

Kim Williams

Do you just make it as a sheet cake? Or a layered round cake?

Reply to  Kim Williams

I usually just make it as a sheet but you can do either

Kelly Hovis

This may be a dumb question , I rarely bake, but is this cake supposed to be refrigerated?

Kristi Olivarria

Do you use a 9×13 pan?


Is the powdered sugar amount correct? This is 3.5 cups?!


Do you add water…cake box instructions?

Mary Chavez

Is the canned pumpkin 100% pumpkin or is it the pumpkin pie mix/filling?


Kerry H

I made this last week for a Fall work related pot luck and had 4 co workers ask me for the recipe along with lots of “likes”. Thanks so much for sharing–it was delicious!


Please put the Savory Stuffing recipe back on the site, it is delicious and I can’t remember the entire recipe.

Reply to  Sher

Hi Sher! I am getting all of this figured out today, unfortunately when we switched over website platforms, a few recipes did not transfer- thank you for point this out!


Has anyone tried making cupcakes from this recipe? Wondering if they stay as moist….


What type of oil?

Reply to  livingwithland

Vegetable oil and boxed cake mix… not the healthiest choices. There are better options; especially if one of Landyn’s sponsors is Whole Foods!

Reply to  Gilespy

Hi Gilespy! You could use a substitute oil and even make your mix from scratch – I’m actually not sponsored by Whole Foods!

Shannon Whisenant

This was a HUGE win at Thanksgiving this year!!!! Everyone loved it and went back for more!!!! Thanks, Ladyn


I’ve been to 4 stores….no spice cake mix! What can I do? I really want to make this.

Reply to  Maria

oh no! I know pumpkin has been so hard to find these season – everyone at home baking :/ You could try regular pumpkin?


No trouble finding pumpkin….spice cake mix!😬


Will you be sharing meemaws cornbread recipe? I saved the ingredients, but didnt see instructions?

Reply to  Tracy

YES! Don’t worry!!

Angela Petitt

This cake was delicious!! I made it in a Bundt pan and baked about 38 minutes and did not frost it. It was super moist and a hit at my house.

Reply to  Angela Petitt

oh my goodness! sounds like an absolute DREAM


I made this using a bundt pan and it turned out amazing. It is so yummy!

Marcy Skehan

when you say cake pan, is a 9×13 good?

Reply to  Marcy Skehan



Could you make cupcakes out of this instead using same recipe?

Reply to  Kristin


Lu G

We have a son with celiac… I am going to try with a GF cake mix! Looks delish!

Alexi Mann

Can I use coconut oil instead of vegetable oil?

Reply to  Alexi Mann

You should be able to!

Alexi Mann

I used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. It was delicious but the cake was quite dense.

Afton Adams

Has anyone tried making this in the form of cupcakes? Curious what the baking time was!? The cake is delish!


I made these in cupcake form for my office thanksgiving! I left out the oil by accident and I actually think they turned out better than ever! I know a lot of people were asking about baking time too, I cooked mine for 19 mins!

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