Easy One-Step Pumpkin Cake


It’s perfect timing, really. Now that Thanksgiving and the holidays are over, it’s high time to load up on some of those delicious grocery store sales.

You know: the $1 festive cake mix, the 50¢ box of candy canes. This time, though, it was the $1.24 canned pumpkin that caught my eye.

Veni vidi vici, suckers.
Veni vidi vici, suckers.

And then I wondered what exactly I could do with pumpkin.

I tried making a mousse, consisting of just pumpkin and marshmallows.

It was awful.

I tried eating it straight from the can.

It was worse.

I tried freezing it into a pumpkin ice cream.

It was actually worse than eating it straight, and I’m still absolutely confounded as to how that was possible.

So I threw some cake ingredients in a pan, stirred a little, and baked the thing.

It was… Wow.

Easy One-Step Pumpkin Cake

This cake is so moist and the flavors melt together in your mouth so smoothly. It’s deliciously sweet and wonderfully warm with the powerful pumpkin and cinnamon duo. The best part is that this cake forms a sort of crust on the outside, a dark crunchy layer of caramelized sugar and pumpkin, that gets better with every passing day. It’s simply delightful.


Makes one 9″ cake

  • 1/2 7-oz. can pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt


Mix together wet ingredients (the first 3), then mix in the dry. Bake for about 20 minutes at 350°F.



What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe?

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29 Comments Add yours

  1. I use the pumpkin puree in a soup and it is delicious!
    2 cans of pumpkin puree
    1 can of coconut milk
    Some chicken broth (depending on how thick/thin you like your soups)
    onions and garlic
    3 tablespoons of peanut butter
    a bit of cayenne or paprika

    It’s like thai style soup cause of the peanut butter.

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      Oooh might have to give this a try then! Haven’t played around with coconut milk for a while…

  2. Laura says:

    This looks amazing – and I’m always in the mood for pumpkin!

  3. sedrate organizes says:

    I’ll give this a try for my husband since the only pumpkin thing I know how to make is pie. I hate pumpkin but he loves it.

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      Awesome, as always let me know how it goes!

  4. Yum! I love anything with pumpkin. This cake looks so moist and delicious 🙂

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      Thank you, as always! 🙂

  5. I’ve tried a recipe for something similar to this, but made into cupcakes with a cheesecake-type filling in the middle (well, and gluten-free). 🙂 Your cake looks lovely, and so easy!

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      Oh my, I can definitely imagine a cupcake incarnation of this. Cheesecake in the middle? Get outta here, that’s awesome.

  6. Alice says:

    Hi there! I love reading your blog and have nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. Participation is, of course, optional and rules can be found here: http://closeencountersofthecookingkind.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/dragons-loyalty-award/

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      Thank you thank you Alice! You are awesome for reading my blog, and this makes me really happy! 🙂

  7. mydearbakes says:

    What a delightful looking bake you have there! =)

  8. Hi! Cici, I really enjoy reading your blog and have nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award. Learn more here:

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      Thank you so much Julie!! I’m so glad you enjoy my blog. 🙂 This makes me very very happy indeed!

  9. Great post! I will give it a try tonight! Wish me good luck 😉

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      Recount your experience to me!

      1. Hey! I did it last night with some modifications 😉 Do you mind if i post the recipe in my blog ?

      2. Kitchen Cici says:

        Be my guest!! 🙂 Also if you’re nice and awesome, link to the original on my blog! Thank you thank you 😀

  10. Kitchen Cici, why do you do this to me? I sit here in bed, cruise my reader, and I always come across something you’ve posted and instantly my hunger pains grow.

    WHY!?!?!?!?! 😉

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      Muahaha, I take pleasure in this comment very very much. *evil laugh*

  11. I’m looking for something easy to bake in my new kitchen with very limited resources (no proper oven) and this recipe could be it!! I am hoping to try a steamed cake recipe though… (don’t want to mess around with the circular glass bowl that is a ‘mini oven’)

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      Oh interesting – a steamed cake! You won’t get the lovely crust, but please let me know how it goes! 🙂 It is so easy.

      1. The crust is a huge component of texture/flavour to an un-iced cake too! I imagine the cake will be of very soft texture, we’ll see!

  12. annascuisine says:

    Oh, my! What a delicious looking cake; so moist and vibrant. Thanks for sharing the recipe. 🙂

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      You’re so welcome! 🙂

  13. florald7 says:

    Hey cake is looking awesome i am gonna try i wanna make big cake can i double the all ingriedents

    1. Kitchen Cici says:

      You sure can! Also tripling is possible. And quadrupling. Et cetera.

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