Pumpkin Spice Butter Cake aka “Crack Cake”


This Pumpkin Spice Butter Cake will quickly replace your favorite pumpkin pie recipe this Thanksgiving! It is everything you hope it will be and so much more!


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Pumpkin Spice Butter Cake aka “Crack Cake”

4 from 7 votes
Recipe by Angela and Mark Course: DessertsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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This Pumpkin Spice Butter Cake will quickly replace your favorite pumpkin pie recipe this Thanksgiving!


  • Crust
  • 1 box yellow cake mix (or 3 cups homemade)

  • 1 egg

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter

  • Filling
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioners sugar

  • 1 whole egg

  • 2 egg yolks

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened

  • 1 (15 oz) can pure pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice mix (ground cloves, all spice, green cardamom, and cinnamon)

  • Additional 1.5 cups powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Brown butter in pan over med heat
  • With hand mixer, combine all ingredients until thoroughly mixed
  • Spray 10×15 pyrex with cooking spray
  • Spread batter in thin layer across bottom of pyrex and up the sides about halfway to the top of the dish. Set aside and make the filling
  • Sift 3.5 cups confectioners sugar into bowl of a stand mixer
  • Add egg and egg yolks, cream cheese, pumpkin, vanilla, and spice mix. Mix on low until just combined, then increase speed to medium-high until thoroughly combined (approx 5 min).
  • Slowly add the remaining 1.5 cups confectioners sugar, then mix on high for 5 min.
  • Pour into crust
  • Bake for 40-50 min, then remove and let cool, and serve right out of the dish.

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  1. Cake is very sweet, hard to taste any pumpkin.

    1. Angela and Mark Author says:

      Hi Gayle,
      We are sorry to hear that you didn’t prefer the sweetness of this cake. Southern butter cakes like this are generally on the sweeter side, and this version is pretty true to the traditional ones.

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