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Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake: two layers of delicious pumpkin cake with a creamy cheesecake center. Frosted with cream cheese frosting! You’ll love this holiday dessert.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake: two layers of delicious pumpkin cake with a creamy cheesecake center. Frosted with cream cheese frosting!

Have you tried to combine a perfect cheesecake recipe with the perfect pumpkin cake?

One ultimate dessert, all covered in cream cheese frosting? It’s going to be your new favorite Thanksgiving dessert.

You’ll love the layers in this recipe! Be sure to plan ahead though, this one isn’t for the faint of heart 🙂

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake: two layers of delicious pumpkin cake with a creamy cheesecake center. Frosted with cream cheese frosting!

What is a Cheesecake Cake

If you’ve been a long-time reader, you might know that cheesecake cake is something of a specialty around here.

If you’ve never had a cheesecake cake, you’re in for a real treat. Cheesecake cakes consist of a layer of cheesecake sandwiched between two layers of traditional cake.

Once the layers are stacked, they’re covered in frosting for a dessert that takes a regular layer cake to the next level.

How to make a Cheesecake Cake

Anyone who has made cheesecake and layer cakes separately can make a cheesecake cake!

The biggest difference between regular cheesecake and the cheesecake used in my favorite cheesecake cake recipes is that there is no crust on the bottom of the cheesecake. The bottom cake layer is your “crust” here!

When I make this Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake, I like to make the cheesecake first. It bakes at a lower temperature, so it is easier to increase the oven temperature for the cake after the cheesecake is done than vice versa.

All of the layers – cake and cheesecake – need to chill in the freezer for at least 2 hours before assembling the cake. Keeping everything nice and cold keeps the cheesecake from getting too soft while frosting the cheesecake cake.

Decorate the cake as simply or elaborately as you like.

Don’t be a hater on my cake decorating skills.
I am NOT a cake decorator.
To repeat.
I am NOT a cake decorator.

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake: two layers of delicious pumpkin cake with a creamy cheesecake center. Frosted with cream cheese frosting!

The Perfect Fall Dessert

This Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake is the perfect combination of fall flavors.

The pumpkin cake layers are so moist and full of warm spices, and the layer of cheesecake is tangy and delicious. I frosted this beauty in cream cheese frosting and topped it with a little bit of chopped walnuts and drizzled caramel.

Pumpkin, spices, caramel, and walnuts…what more could you want in a decadent fall dessert?

Get the full “how to” by watching my video below!

More Cheesecake Cakes

Like my Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake recipe? You may also enjoy some of my other cheesecake cakes!

Salted Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Cake is another perfect option during cooler fall weather.

During the holidays, I love Eggnog Cheesecake Cake and Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake.

I have even turned breakfast into dessert with Cinnamon Roll Cheesecake Cake!

Lemon Cheesecake cake features two layers of moist lemon cake, creamy cheesecake, and buttercream frosting bursting with citrus flavor!

More Cake Recipes:

Yield: 16 servings

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake

Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 5 hours

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake: two layers of delicious pumpkin cake with a creamy cheesecake center. Frosted with cream cheese frosting!

Ingredients

FOR THE PUMPKIN CAKE LAYERS:

  • 1 can (15oz) pure pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup apple sauce
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg

FOR THE CHEESECAKE LAYER:

  • 2 pkg (8oz each) cream cheese, softened
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

FOR THE FROSTING:

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp walnuts, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp caramel sauce (Hershey's caramel ice cream topping)

Instructions

FOR THE CHEESECAKE LAYER:

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Using a large roasting pan on the lower ⅔ of the oven, preheat the pan too!
  2. Prepare springform pan by wrapping bottom of pan (outside) with double layer of foil. Spray pan with nonstick baking spray and line bottom (inside) with a circle of parchment paper.
  3. Meanwhile, boil a kettle of water to use later.
  4. Beat cream cheese with granulated sugar for 2-3 minutes until creamy. Add in salt and eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in sour cream, heavy cream and vanilla.
  5. Pour into prepared 9inch springform pan. Place pan in center of preheated roasting pan in the oven. Pour boiling water slowly into the roasting pan, until there is about an inch of water coming up the sides of the springform pan.
  6. Bake cheesecake for 45 minutes. Turn oven off and let cheesecake sit in oven for an additional 30 minutes. Remove and cool completely on counter.
  7. When cooled, transfer entire springform pan into the freezer for several hours or overnight. I put it in the freezer for about 2 hours. **If using within 24 hours, feel free to just refrigerate cheesecake!

FOR THE CAKE LAYERS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two 9inch round cake pans by spraying generously with baking spray. Line bottom of each pan with a circle of parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Beat pumpkin, sugars, applesauce and eggs until fully blended. Add in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and seasonings. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. Bake cakes for 30-35 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans 15 minutes. Flip onto wire rack and cool completely. When cooled, wrap each layer in saran wrap and freeze for two hours, or overnight. **If using within 24 hours, just wrap cake in saran wrap and keep on counter.

FOR THE FROSTING:

  1. Beat butter and cream cheese for 3 minutes until smooth and creamy. Beat in vanilla, powdered sugar and heavy cream.
  2. To assemble cake, lay one layer of pumpkin cake on cake plate. Top with cheesecake and second layer of pumpkin cake. Frost sides and top with a thin layer of frosting to apply a crumb coat. Refrigerate 30 minutes to an hour. Remove from refrigerator and frost remaining cake, decorating using a tip if desired. Sprinkle walnuts on top of cake and drizzle with caramel sauce. I keep the cake covered in the refrigerator until ready to eat. Remove and allow to sit about 15 minutes before slicing. ENJOY!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 501Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 525mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 1gSugar: 63gProtein: 7g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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About Aimee

Aimee is a dessert lover (specifically rice krispie treats), workout enthusiast, self-taught foodie, and recipe creator.

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Posted on November 20, 2019

Comments & Reviews

  1. I have what may seem like a dumb question.  You mention putting the roasting pan on the bottom 2/3 of the oven.  I have 4 shelves to my oven and usually bake a cake on the second from the bottom – does this mean the roasting pan would be on the 4th, the bottom shelf?  

    1. I put it lowest just to create the moisture in the oven (it’s got the water inside) to help keep the cheesecake from cracking. You just don’t want your cheesecake close to the top of the oven drying out 🙂

  2. I had another piece this morning. I definitely taste more pumpkin today! Maybe my taste was off yesterday?
    I’ll definitely be making this for the holidays! Thanks you?!

  3. So I made this cake tonight. It’s beautiful! The only thing is the cheesecake layer didn’t taste like cheesecake. It wasn’t creamy enough for me. I guess if it was the top layer would smash it and it wouldn’t hold up?

  4. I’m confused. I’ve been baking for nearly 30 years, I AM a cake decorator hobbyist, and don’t know for the life of me why you’d use water around the bottom of a cheesecake springform pan. I never have. Besides, water boils at 212 degrees so because the cheesecake pan is surround by it, it won’t ever get warmer than that while baking even though the oven is set at 350 degrees. Are you TRYING to keep the temperature lower for more even baking? If so, why don’t you just bake the cheesecake at a much lower temperature? Doesn’t make any sense to me.

  5. This will be our Thanksgiving dessert this year. I can’t wait! I guess I do have to make dinner but it is all about dessert for me. 🙂

  6. I just want to make the pumpkin layer cake and use the cream cheese frosting between layers and to frost it. It looks moist and delicious.

    1. You can totally do that and skip the layer of cheesecake. It still makes a delicious dessert 🙂

  7. I am looking forward to preparing this cake. It looks spectacular, and from the reviews, it’s delicious too. Is frosting spread between the layers to hold the layers together when iced? Hope I didn’t overlook this step as I skimmed over the directions.

  8. I had trouble with the frosting. I made it twice. The frosting was too soft, became runny. Still was able to get it on the cake, but could not let it be set out of the refrigerator for too long. Did anyone else have this problem? I have cooked and named a lot. I could have kept adding powered sugar, but it would have almost doubled the sugar. Any suggestions? I plan to make it again in January for a birthday.

  9. I just made the cakes and do not plan on assembling for a couple of days. I wrapped the cakes with saran wrap and placed in the freezer. The cheesecake is cooling now and then I will place in the freezer for a couple of hours. I have a question though. Since I am not assembling for a couple of days do you remove the cheesecake from the springform pan and saran wrap it and return it to the freezer or do you just Saran Wrap the entire springform pan an keep it in the freezer? Thank you!

  10. Hi! I was wondering what size springform pan to use. Your directions say 9 inch, but mine are either 8 1/2 or 9 1/2 inches. I’m guessing the 9 1/2? I already made the pumpkin cakes and I’ve been having a really hard time not eating those on their own they smell amazing!

    1. Mine is a 9inch. But you can use whatever size matches your cakes. You can always go bigger and trim the cheesecake if necessary.

      1. I ended up using a 9 1/2 inch and trimming off the excess (to my husband’s delight!). The cake was amazing! Everyone at my daughter’s birthday party loved it and thought it was genius 🙂 Thanks so much for the recipe!

        1. You’re welcome! I’m so glad to hear you all enjoyed it! I appreciate you stopping back to let me know!

  11. Thanks for this amazing recipe! I made it and it came out great, even though I made a few mistakes along the way…

  12. Sorry, I’m new to baking homemade cakes :-/ I. Was wondering, is there a particular brand or type of applesauce to use? Also, if I freeze the layers, how much time do they need to thaw before frosting?

    1. I usually use Mott’s, but it doesn’t matter so much. I frost the layers while they are frozen!

  13. This looks yummy! Do you think I could make these into cupcakes? If so, do you have any suggestions for bake time changes or any other ideas? Thanks so much 🙂

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