Pumpkin Layer Cake

Pumpkin Layer Cake by Wood and Spoon blog. This is a fluffy and moist pumpkin cake layers with cinnamon sugar buttercream. This dessert is a spiced cake perfect for fall or winter holidays. To learn how to make a festive cake for thanksgiving or fall, check out the recipe and how-to on

This pumpkin layer cake features fluffy pumpkin layers and a cinnamon sugar buttercream that is perfect for fall desserts!


For the cake:

  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup whole milk, at room temperature

For the filling:

  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons water 

For the buttercream:

  • 2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 7 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 23 tablespoons whole milk


To bake the cake:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease 3- 8” round pans with baking spray and cut out rounds of parchment paper to fit into the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer or large bowl, cream the butter on medium speed for 2 minutes until smooth. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the sugar, creaming for an additional 2 minutes until smooth. Add the eggs, mixing on low speed after each addition until combined evenly. Add the vanilla and pumpkin, stirring on low to combine. Scrape the sides of the bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Add half of the dry ingredients to the butter and egg mixture. Stir on low to combine. Add half of the milk, stirring on low to combine. Repeat this process with the remaining dry and wet ingredients. Scrape the sides of the bowl and fold in any unincorporated bits. Divide the batter evenly between the three pans and smooth with an offset spatula. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-23 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. 

To prepare the filling:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, whisking together until smooth.  

To prepare your buttercream and cake:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter on medium speed until smooth and slightly pale, about 3 minutes. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon and whip an additional minute. Add the milk and beat until smooth and fluffy, about an additional minute. Assemble your cake by first using a serrated knife to level the cakes. Spoon a small amount of the cinnamon sugar soak on to two of the layers to soak in. Spread a small amount of buttercream on a 8” cake board. Add your first cake layer with the cinnamon soak to the board and use an offset spatula to spread the buttercream on top. Continue layering your cakes and buttercream, finishing with the cake layer that didn’t have any soak on it, and use an offset spatula to smooth frosting on the outside as desired. Decorate with any remaining frosting.