4 Ingredient Pumpkin Cake

Friday, September 20, 2019
This 4 ingredient Pumpkin Cake is the easiest pumpkin cake ever!

Not only is this cake super moist and simple to make, but it really shouts fall flavors.

What can be better than easy and delicious?

I also have recipe suggestions listed below to even make different versions like a coffee cake style, rum sauce or slathered in cream cheese frosting so take your pick.

Of course, this pumpkin spice cake tastes great plain dusted with powdered sugar so the skies the limit of possibilities!

If you love pumpkin, then don't miss this one, everyone will rave about this cake thinking you make it from scratch too, and ask for the recipe!

Scroll down to get the printable recipe card and tell me what you think after you make it in the comment box.

I can't wait for you to try this one!

If you love easy recipes, also try my pumpkin cake mix cookies, pumpkin cheesecake squares and some slow cooker pumpkin spice latte, to go with all these recipes!

Psst, my favorite is the rum cake adult version, but that's between you and me!

this is a slice of cake with cream cheese frosting sprinkled with mini chocolate chips and a plastic pumpkin pick on top

these are pumpkin cupcakes with white chocolate chips

Easiest Cake or Cupcakes Ever!

This is an easy one-bowl fall dessert that’s perfect for entertaining or anytime or when you have a pumpkin craving!

Did I mention how easy this cake is to make, oh yes I did, I got a little excited again!

The best thing about it, there are several options to make loaves, muffins, frosted cakes, one adult version, and filled like a coffee cake, interested yet?

Then keep reading!

The cake is perfect for potlucks, Halloween parties ( especially using the adult version) and fun for the kids to help make.

This really is the world's easiest cake and the adaptions are fun to create a different cake every time you make it!

this is a pumpkin bundt cake with a blue background

Here's What You Need To Make 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Cake

  • fresh or canned pumpkin puree
  • ground cinnamon
  • eggs
  • spice cake mix or package yellow cake mix

this is fresh pumpkin eggs and the cake mix to make a pumpkin cake

Tool You May Need:

  • Loaf Pans
  • 13 x 9 Sheet Cake Pan
  • Muffin Tins
  • Bundt Pan
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Mixing Spoons
  • Parchment Paper

this is a collage of pumpkin, the batter and cupcakes using a cake mix

Tips and Suggestions:

  • Make a coffee cake filling version below that's a fabulous version see it in the recipe card
  • Add 1 cup of any Chocolate chips, White chocolate chips (as shown in the cupcake photo), or Peanut butter chips to this batter
  • Add 1 cup of Raisins or Craisins
  • Any kinds of nuts, pecans are a nice addition around 3/4 cup
  • Leave the cake plain or cream cheese frosted
  • Sprinkle with powdered sugar
  • Top muffins and loaves with cinnamon sugar before baking
  • These freeze well
  • Make sure you grease any pans you use heavily
  • Keep unused cake in the refrigerator
  • Use freshly made sugar pie pumpkin puree or canned pumpkin, not pie filling
  • You can use cinnamon or allspice as an addition to using a yellow cake mix (I still use the cinnamon in the spice cake version, but it's a taste preference.

this is a bundt pan filled with pumpkin cake batter and sprinkled with chocolate chips and coffee cake filling

Pumpkin Rum Cake!

Surely you have heard of Bacardi rum cake before?

Well, if not I got this idea from a cruise we took some years ago when they served pumpkin cake with Bacardi rum poured over the top.

Of course, I had to recreate it as I love to copycat a recipe that I love from anywhere we go!

This was as simple as can be making this simple syrup, poking a few holes in my bundt cake and viola, pumpkin rum cake!

It was the biggest hit that year at our Halloween party!

this is a pumpkin cake with bacardi rum poured over the top

The Batter:

The batter is fragrant and wonderful for any vessel you choose to bake it in.

I love spice and I actually do add another teaspoon of cinnamon to this batter.

The spice cake is perfect for this cake but I love the addition of cinnamon for a stronger flavor.

If you're not a lover of cinnamon, you can omit that ingredient when using the spice cake.

I do recommend that you use more cinnamon if using a yellow cake mix.

this is the batter for 4 ingredient pumpkin cake

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More Pumpkin Recipes

Crockpot Pumpkin Spiced Latte
Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
Amaretto Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
Roasted Pumpkin Puree
Savory Pumpkin Cheddar Scones
Pumpkin Pie
Easy Pumpkin Cheese Pie
Best Ever Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream
Pumpkin Fritters
Baked Pumpkin Pecan Donuts

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a recipe card for pumpkin cake

4 ingredient Pumpkin Cake

prep time: 10 Mcook time: 45 Mtotal time: 55 M
A pumpkin semi-homemade cake with just 4 ingredients. It's moist, easy to make, and also is great using loaf pans for gift giving!


  • 15 oz of fresh pureed pumpkin or 1 can canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) spice cake mix or package yellow cake mix
  • Optional - 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate, white chocolate or raisins to mix in the batter
  • Garnish:
  • Cream Cheese frosting canned or homemade frosting recipe
  • mini chocolate chips
  • Plastic decorations from a dollar store for the cake topping
  • Cooking spray,


How to cook 4 ingredient Pumpkin Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease or line with parchment paper: a bundt pan, loaf pans, muffin tins or sheet cake pan.
  2. Mix all ingredients till well blended.
  3. Place half the batter into greased pan (batter will be extremely thick) add chocolate chip below mixture on top, then more batter.
  4. Bake at 350 till center is firm and toothpick test is clean, around 45 minutes depending on what size pan you use..
  5. Cool cake completely
  6. Frost with canned frosting, or use my homemade frosting below.
  7. If using the filled version, dust with powdered sugar.
  8. Version 1 Filled Cake :
  9. Optional Coffee Cake Style Filling:
  10. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  11. 1 1/2 cup chocolate chips or chunks ( I realized after I made this I should have added the whole bag!)
  12. 1/2 cup chopped nuts optional
  13. 2 tablespoon flour
  14. mix together set aside.
  15. Divide the batter, fill with half the batter top more batter than filling on top.
  16. Bake as directed.
  17. Version 2 Frosting Recipe:
  18. Cream Cheese Frosting
  19. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  20. 1 (3 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  21. 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  22. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  23. 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  24. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  25. mini chocolate chips
  26. Beat all together except for mini chips, frost cooled cake and sprinkle the top with mini chips
  27. Adult Version 3 Bacardi Rum Drizzle Topping:
  28. 1/4 cup water
  29. 1 cup sugar
  30. 1/2 cup Bacardi dark rum
  31. 1/2 cup butter
  32. Boil ingredients for 5 minutes in a heavy-duty pan,. Place baked bundt cake on a deep cake server to catch the drippings..
  33. Poke holes in warm cake, throughout cake evenly with a fork, pour mixtures over the top of warm cake. 
  34.  Cool completely.
  35. Serve with whipped cream sprinkled with cinnamon sugar on top.
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For All Pumpkin Lovers Try These Other Favorites:

Glazed Pumpkin Spiced Breakfast Scones
Pumpkin Spice  Rum Cookies
Pumpkin Mini Turnovers
Baked Mini Pumpkin Donuts
French Pumpkin Mini Muffin Puffs
 Italian Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin Smoothie

Watch my Quick Video on 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Cake

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2010. It was edited and re-published in 2019.


  1. A splendid bundt cake! The large slice with cheese frosting looks heavenly!

  2. yummmmmmm... I'll take the adult version, and quick

  3. This looks amazing Claudia. LOVE the chips in the pumpkin cake! I've been away for a couple of weeks...nice recipe to come back to!

  4. What a heavenly cake Claudia! I am lovin on the rum frosting too. I hope that big slab is for me!

  5. Great recipes...I'm with Drick, will take the adult version :)

  6. Questa torta con la zucca e chips di cioccolata è davvero fantastica. complimenti. Buona domenica Daniela.

  7. I like both versions. A little runmnever hurt - but I'll take my pumpkin anyway I can. Autumn-pretty, autumn-lovely.

  8. Creamed cheese, chocolae, pumpkin, rin...what's not to love here!!!!

  9. I didn't make dessert tonight... OMG I wish I had a slice of this! Beautiful cake Claudia. Love the adult version :)

  10. Wow, that slice of cake looks so good that I'm practically speechless. I want a piece.

  11. I do have plenty of pumpkin which I'm starting to slowly cook and portion away...ready to go just for recipes like these ;o)
    The use of dark Rum is so much better suited than the white Rum variety...great decision on your part ;)
    The cake looks ready for my fork once again. LOL

    Have a lovely Sunday,

  12. thank you for linking this delicious spiced cake

  13. Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments...hope you all try this one...easy and perfect for fall!

  14. pumpkin bundtcake ,oh,looks so good and the ingredients are lovely!

  15. I vote for the adult version. Dark rum with the spices sounds yummy.

  16. Pumpkin? Excellent. Chocolate chips? Yum. Cream Cheese frosting? Definitely. And THEN you add rum? I *must* try this.

  17. Sign me up for a big slice of the adult version.

  18. Yes please, I will take a slice of two of this deliciousness!

  19. beautiful cake Claudia! thanks for sharing :)

  20. Incredible and so easy!

  21. Loving all the variations you've included for this recipe.

  22. Loving all the variations you've included for this recipe.

  23. This sounds amazing! A perfect cake for pumpkin season and the rum pushes it over the top!!

  24. I'm all about adding the rum. What a delicious cake to ring in my very favorite season!!

  25. So much easier to make than pumpkin pie!

  26. Love the idea of using cake mix for this. Makes it so much easier!

  27. This recipe caught my attention when I saw it had just 4 ingredients. And it was so easy to make, and yummy to eat! Thanks!

  28. Not only does this sound so easy to make but sounds so delicious to eat! What a perfect fall recipe!

  29. This recipe couldn't be any easier! Thanks for all of the fantastic ideas for different ways to make these spice-a-licious treats!

  30. A delicious Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Spice Cake! Your awesome post has been featured on Full Plate Thursday,560 this week! Thanks so much for sharing with us and hope you come back soon!
    Miz Helen


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