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One-bowl Healthy Pumpkin Cake

An easy and healthy recipe for pumpkin cake topped with fresh cream cheese frosting! Made with homemade pumpkin puree made from scratch or from the can. :: DontWastetheCrumbs.com

A healthy and easy pumpkin cake recipe is topped with fresh cream cheese frosting! Made with homemade pumpkin puree made from scratch or from the can. Goes perfectly with a cup of homemade pumpkin spice coffee!

Ingredients

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Cake

Frosting

  • 18 oz brick cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 Tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease an 8×8 or 9×9 square baking dish. Set aside.
  2. Combine dry ingredients – whole grain flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, baking powder, baking soda, salt – in a bowl and whisk together.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients – coconut oil, egg, vanilla, pumpkin puree, and maple syrup – in a small bowl and mix well. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Give the batter a stir or two, just until everything is combined.
  4. Pour into the prepared baking dish and use a spatula to make the surface mostly smooth.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick or knife inserted into the middle comes out mostly clean.
  6. Let the cake cool.
  7. Meanwhile, prepare the frosting. In a stand mixer, blender, OR by hand, combine the cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and maple syrup. Add the salt and taste, adjusting the sweetener as desired.
  8. Spread frosting on cooled cake and serve.

Notes

Adapted from amyshealthybaking.com

  • If you want a sweeter pumpkin cake, I recommend adding ¼ – ½ cups of granulated sugar to the recipe, depending on your preferences. Remember that you can start with ¼ cup and add more.
  • If you want to make this pumpkin cake with cake mix, I recommend using 1¾ cup of cake mix (try my homemade recipe) instead of the flour, baking soda, salt, and maple syrup in the recipe (the homemade yellow cake mix already contains granulated sugar).

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Keywords: pumpkin cake

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