Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting {Video}

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 4 reviews

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Cook time Cook time: 30 minutes

Pumpkin Sheet Cake is the must-try fall dessert! Soft, dense, loaded with pumpkin spice flavor, and topped with a maple cream cheese frosting!

When the fall season arrives, most people want to stay home and whip something creamy and delicious in the kitchen. Choose from these autumn favorites to help you enjoy the weather: Slow Cooker Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Homemade Apple Cider, and Sweet Potato Bread.

Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Pumpkin Sheet Cake may be baked using leftover pumpkin puree which is why it is so convenient and economical. This heavenly dessert is so easy to follow that it leaves anyone wondering why they haven’t known of it for a long time. 

Like the original chocolate sheet version, this dessert is also topped off with a glorious and fluffy frosting. It perfectly blends well with the base and has the right kind of sweetness and creaminess that it melts in your mouth. 

While this is an excellent recipe for the autumn season, it really does work well for any occasion. You can trust this combo to satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Having fall treats ready can really help liven things up especially when the lazy fall weather hits on. Enjoy a bite of this delight with your friends and family!

How to make Pumpkin Sheet Cake?

  1. Prepare for baking. Prepare your baking sheet and heat the oven to 350F.
  2. Make the cake batter. Whisk the flour, baking powder and baking soda, and a dash of salt. Afterward, add in a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves for flavoring. In another container, mix sugars making sure that to get rid of any clumps. Add in the rest of the ingredients. Combine the two bowls and mix.
  3. Bake. Pour the mixture into the baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes. 
  4. Make frosting. Whip butter and cream cheese, preferably using an electric mixer. Stop when it becomes light and fluffy. Add the sugar and maple syrup.
  5. Serve. When it is finished baking, let it cool completely before topping it off with the frosting. Afterward, serve. 

How big is a quarter sheet cake?

A quarter sheet is a 9 inch by 13-inch pan. They are mostly rectangular in shape and is very convenient. 

How many people does a quarter sheet cake feed?

It can feed 12 people. It is very convenient as it makes it easy to transport the desserts and also cut it into bars.

Can I make Pumpkin Sheet Cake ahead?

Yes! Cakes generally do not need to be refrigerated. However, for those infused with pumpkin, refrigeration is a must. 

Store it with the frosting right after baking and you can enjoy it within two-three days. For a longer period, put it in the freezer to make it last for at least a month.

More delicious pumpkin desserts:

The start of the fall season signals the abundance of pumpkin harvests. When leaves turn brown and crisp, and the weather temperature starts to slowly drop, spending some time in the kitchen can be exciting. 

Make use of the overload of supply, by making these varieties of delicious recipes:

Recipe Tips:

  • Make your cream cheese frosting look more appealing and flavorful by topping it with crushed nuts. 
  • Sometimes, the frosting may get runny and watery. Put it in the freezer immediately for a few minutes. Mix and repeat the process until you get a thicker consistency. 
  • Aside from cream cheese, you can also use cinnamon buttercream for the frosting. 
  • When mixing, don’t forget to scrape on the sides to make sure that it is well combined. 
  • You can also turn this delight into tiny treats by making it in cupcakes.
Pumpkin sheet cake slice.

Pumpkin Sheet Cake

Pumpkin Sheet Cake is the must-try fall dessert! Soft, dense, loaded with pumpkin spice flavor and topped with a maple cream cheese frosting!
5 from 4 votes
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Chill: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 743kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet


Pumpkin Sheet Cake:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (melted and cooled slightly)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pecans (or walnuts)

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 12 oz. cream cheese (slightly softened)
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar (or more)
  • 1/2 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


Make the Pumpkin Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Spray a 9x13 baking pan with non-stick cooking spray, and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.
  • In a large bowl, using a mixer whisk together granulated sugar and brown sugar until combined.
  • Add melted butter and oil. Add eggs one at a time.
  • Add in pumpkin puree, vanilla, and milk and whisk until combined.
  • With mixer set on low speed slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until combined.
  • Scrape down sides and bottom of the bowl and transfer it to the prepared pan.
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 - 30 minutes.
  • Allow it to cool completely before topping with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip together butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  • Mix in powdered sugar, cinnamon, and maple extract and whisk for a few minutes until light and fluffy. If needed add more sugar.
  • In the mixture is too runny, chill it in the freezer and whisk again.
  • Once the cake has cooled, frost it and garnish with chopped nuts and candy pumpkins.



Calories: 743kcal | Carbohydrates: 89g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 511mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 68g | Vitamin A: 6568IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 3mg
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Jenn @ EngineerMommy

This cake sounds so delicious and easy to make. Gotta try this recipe



This looks really delicious. I don't think I've tried pumpkin sheet cake before. I have a lot of these ingredients already, so I'll have to try it.


Jessica Formicola

I am ready for allll things pumpkin! This sheet cake looks amazing!


Terri A Steffes

A classic! It's time to get those pumpkin favorites out and ready to make. I'll add this one to my list!


Lizzie Lau

I'm excited to try your pumpkin sheet cake recipe this fall. We put in a small patch of sugar pumpkins this year so I'm pinning all the pumpkin recipes!



I love the idea of combining pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting. Such a perfect fall recipe!



I like the idea of pumpkin sheet cake I need to give this one try. As pumpkin baking season is coming now.


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