Can you really make a delicious pumpkin cake with just 2 ingredients?

Yes! Yes! Yes!

If you’re shaking your head with doubt, you’re not alone. I wasn’t sure I was going to like the end result of this pumpkin cake either.

But then I tried it. And ate it. And smiled.

And you’ll be smiling too when you need a last minute dessert and know that you have this easy cake recipe in your arsenal!

I feel a little silly giving you a traditional recipe to read for this because with just 2 ingredients, it’s pretty easy to remember. A box of cake mix and a can of pumpkin. You can handle that, right? Don’t worry, there’s a printable below, just in case.

When you really want those traditional fall flavors, I like to use a spice cake mix. That’s how I usually make this pumpkin cake and what I used in the how to video below.

How To Make This Easy Pumpkin Snack Cake

This Pumpkin Cake Recipe Is So Versatile!

If you’re a chocolate lover, I recently made this pumpkin cake with a chocolate cake mix. And because I had them on hand, I added 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips into the batter.

WOW! I love how you can adapt this recipe! The pumpkin taste with the chocolate was subtle but it was such a moist cake! The chocolate chips added a little fudgy decadence.

I didn’t use frosting, although I think a cinnamon buttercream or a salted caramel buttercream might be nice. But honestly, part of what I love about this 2 ingredient pumpkin cake recipe is that it is light, so a heavy frosting may throw that off.

I kept it simple with a light dusting of powdered sugar. It was just right.

While I don’t know that you can call any cake “healthy,” this is a better choice when you’re being mindful of calories, fats and cholesterol. With no oil or eggs, it’s an option that allows you to bake your cake and eat it too.

2 Ingredient Snack Cake


*1 cake mix

*1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare 13×9 pan with non stick baking spray. Mix together cake mix and can of pumpkin. It will be a very thick batter. Spread into prepared pan and bake for recommended time from cake mix. Let cool and dust with powdered sugar just prior to serving.

If you like the shortcut of using a mix for a quick dessert, be sure to check out my brownie chip cookie recipe. You’re just a box of brownie mix away from a chocolate lovers cookie dream!

Fun Ideas For Fall Baking

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I also found a couple of cute baking items for the fall season I thought you might enjoy. Something as simple as a pretty bundt pan can really elevate the look of a simple cake recipe.

Nordic Ware Botanical Pumpkin Loaf Pan and Bundt Cookbook
Click HERE for shopping info for this cute pan!

How fun are these silicone Halloween baking pans?

3 PCS Silicone Halloween Ghost Pumpkin Baking Mold Set
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And I couldn’t resist this beautiful pumpkin server/baker from Staub.

Click HERE to shop this beautiful pumpkin

At under $25, I love it as elegant decor as much as I do for serving. This is a smaller piece (it holds 16oz.) But I really think it’s one of those pieces that as soon as you get it home, you’ll have a recipe or a decor idea to put it to use. Imagine 2 of these on your Thanksgiving table filled with your homemade recipes! It also come in 2 other colors, so if you like the farmhouse vibe, it does come in ivory! GORGEOUS!

And as much as I love to cook and bake, there are sometimes when I just want someone to do the work for me. Here are a couple of my favorite premade food items for fall.

This pumpkin cutout and cinnamon pumpkin cookie collection from Cheryl’s includes their delicious buttercream cut outs and my all time favorite pumpkin cookie with a cinnamon buttercream icing. In this COVID time, it’s nice to have things individually wrapped too. I love the idea of sending this to family and friends to celebrate the fall season.

And since we have a bit of a pumpkin theme going on, I can’t NOT share one of my favorite cheesecakes. Junior’s Pumpkin Cheesecake is perfectly flavored and spiced. I love that the crust isn’t graham cracker, but instead, a delicate sponge cake. There is usually a run on these as Thanksgiving gets closer…but they stay in the freezer for months, so if I were you? Get ahead of the rush!

Click HERE for Junior’s Cheesecake!

Let Me Know!

I’ll be anxious to hear from you if try the 2 ingredient pumpkin cake recipe. And let me know in the comments below if you try another variation!

From my fall kitchen to yours,