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

Yes! Yes! And 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.

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

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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

As you can see in my video below, you can use any cake mix to make this treat.

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. A great finishing touch!

I just love how you can adapt this recipe! The pumpkin taste with the chocolate is subtle, but it’s such a moist cake! The chocolate chips add 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.

Related: German Chocolate Caramel Cake

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!

Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Cake


  • 1 box of cake mix
  • 1 (15 o) can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Prepare 13×9 pan with non stick baking spray.
  3. Mix together cake mix and can of pumpkin.
  4. Spread into prepared pan and bake for recommended time from cake mix.
  5. Let cool and dust with powdered sugar just prior to serving.

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.

Find the pan HERE.

Something as simple as a pretty bundt pan can really elevate the look of a simple cake recipe.

Find the molds HERE.

And how fun are these Halloween baking molds?

Find the baker HERE.

I also couldn’t resist this beautiful pumpkin baker from Staub. If you’re not a fan of the rustic orange color, it also comes in a mini ivory option.

The large one is a bit of an investment but it also serves as elegant decor in addition to a great serving piece. But the mini one at under $25 makes a lovely fall gift!

They’re those types of pieces that when you get them home, you’ll have a recipe or a decor idea to put it to good use. Just imagine them on your Thanksgiving table surrounded by all of your homemade recipes!

Related: How to Throw The Perfect Thanksgiving Celebration

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.

Find the cookies HERE.

This pumpkin cutout and cinnamon pumpkin cookie collection from Cheryl’s includes their delicious buttercream cutouts and my all-time favorite pumpkin cookie with a cinnamon buttercream icing.

They’re individually wrapped as well making them great for gifting.

And since we have a bit of a pumpkin theme going on, I can’t NOT share one of my favorite cheesecakes. 

You can get the cheesecake HERE.

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!

My Homemade Cheesecake is also a winner… you can find my recipe HERE.

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,


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