Pumpkin Magic Cake is a must for the holidays. The yellow cake and pumpkin pie layers magically separate into a delicious treat.
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Why Pumpkin Magic Cake is Best
Do you know what goes great with pumpkin pie? Cool Whip. Sorry friends, I know it’s a bit controversial and some people are judgmental about it. If you prefer to not eat it, that’s cool.
When I saw this Pumpkin Magic Cake on Shawn’s blog, I knew it had to be made. I have been eyeing this cake recipe for quite some time!
Shawn has a pudding frosting to top her cake, but I skipped that and just used Cool Whip! This cake is making an appearance on our Thanksgiving table because we LOVED it so much!!
And it’s truly a magic cake.
- THREE layers of deliciousness to enjoy
- The pumpkin layer and yellow cake layer magically separate
- Warm spices make it perfect for the holidays
Important Ingredient Notes
- Cake Mix – You need a box of yellow cake mix for the base of this recipe. Any brand will do.
- Pumpkin – Be sure to use a can of PURE pumpkin puree, not a pumpkin pie filling.
- Brown Sugar – I use light brown sugar, but dark brown sugar would be fine too if that’s all you have. Be sure to pack it well when measuring.
- Spices – The recipe calls for cinnamon, ginger and cloves, but you could also swap these out for pumpkin pie spice.
- Cool Whip – I’m a big fan, but you could also make our stabilized whipped cream if you prefer.
- Blend together the cake mix, water, oil and eggs as directed on the cake mix box.
- Pour into a 13×9 baking dish coated with non-stick baking spray (you could also use our homemade cake release).
Pumpkin pie layer.
Combine all of the ingredients for this layer and mix until well combined and smooth.
Pour into the cake layer. The pumpkin will settle to the bottom, as it should. No need to swirl or mix.
- Bake the cake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 1 hour, then let cool completely.
- Frost the cake with Cool Whip and then refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.
Tips and Tricks
- Make sure to beat the cake layer and the pumpkin layer until very well mixed and very smooth.
- When you remove the cake from the oven you’re going to think to yourself, “I did something wrong, it doesn’t look separated.” Trust me, it will WORK. Wait until you slice into the cake and you’ll see.
- Also to note, the cake may look a little more “done” than other cakes; that is OK! Trust the process.
- Be sure to let the cake cool completely before you add the Cool Whip or other frosting. And then be sure to refrigerate for at least 4 hours – or even overnight – before slicing and serving it cold.
Yes! Because this cake needs to cool before being frosted AND then be refrigerated for at least 4 hours – or overnight – it is best made in advance.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator covered with foil or in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. This cake tastes best when its nice and cold.
More Cake Recipes
- Banana Macadamia Nut Cake: If you love banana snack cakes…and macadamia nuts, then this cake is just for you!
- Coconut Cream Poke Cake: a sweet treat at the end of your meal!
- Apple Pie Poke Cake: this sweet cake is a cross between a classic pie and a moist cake. A family favorite!!
- Dirt Cake
- Chocolate Eclair Cake
- Turkey Rice Krispie Treats – fun Thanksgiving treat!
- Peanut Butter Cookies
- Cheesecake Recipe
Pumpkin Magic Cake
For the Cake layer:
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup canola oil
- 3 large eggs
For the pumpkin layer:
- 1 can pure pumpkin 15 oz
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup light brown sugar packed
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
For the frosting:
- 1 tub Cool Whip, thawed 16 oz
- Preheat oven to 350 degree F. Spray 13×9 baking dish with non-stick baking spray. Set aside.
- Prepare cake layer by blending ingredients together until smooth. Beat 2 minutes and pour into prepared baking dish.
- For the pumpkin layer, combine ingredients and beat until smooth. Pour into cake layer. Pumpkin will sink down to the bottom, as it should. No need to swirl or smooth.
- Bake for 60 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely. The cake will look a little more “done” than usual, that’s okay. Frost cooled cake with Cool Whip and refrigerate until ready to serve (at least 4 hours or overnight). ENJOY!
Look at those beautiful layers in this Pumpkin Magic Cake! This is a must make recipe for the holidays!