It’s officially pumpkin season and I have just the fall dessert recipe for you! This stunning caramel pecan pumpkin cake recipe is loaded with the most incredible fall flavors! It’s made with home-made caramel sauce, salted caramel buttercream and delicate spiced pumpkin cake layers. You’ll love every single bite of this extravagant fall dessert! It’s the perfect Thanksgiving dessert recipe!
The Pumpkin Cake Layers!
This pumpkin cake recipe is all about the pumpkin! If you love spiced pumpkin lattes, you’re going to love the flavor in this cake. The cake layers are made with pumpkin puree and spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, lending a warming flavor to the layers. The pumpkin puree makes the cake layers super moist and delicate, not heavy at all!
(This cake is a total show stopper. The mixed flavors and textures pecans, caramel and cream cheese make this one of best pumpkin recipes of all time! Enjoy!)
1 pkg. (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin, divided – 100% pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup oil
1-1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, divided
1 pkg. (8 oz.) Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tub (8 oz.) whipped topping, thawed
1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
1/4 cup chopped Pecans
Preheat oven to 350°F
BEAT cake mix, 1 cup pumpkin, milk, oil, eggs and 1 tsp. spice in stand mixer, or, beat in a large bowl with a hand mixer.
Pour into 2 greased and floured 9-inch round pans.
Put the cake pans in the oven and bake for 28 to 30 min. or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool cakes in pans 10 min. Remove the cakes from the pans and transfer to wire racks to completely cool.
BEAT cream cheese in medium bowl with hand mixer, or stand alone mixer, until creamy. Add in the sugar, remaining pumpkin and spice; mix well. Gently stir in the whipped topping.
Cut each cake layer horizontally in half with serrated knife; stack on serving plate, spreading cream cheese filling between layers, leaving top layer unfrosted. Do not frost the top layer!
Drizzle with caramel topping just before serving; top with nuts. Refrigerate any leftovers.