When it comes to making a dessert for our Thanksgiving holiday meal, I enjoy baking a homemade pumpkin cake with a delicious cream cheese filling.
This cake will take some time to make, but your time will be well spent. I guarantee you that you will get a lot of compliments from your family and friends once they taste it. If you have any left-overs, you will want to store them in an airtight container inside your refrigerator.
Pumpkin Cake Recipe
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup solid packed pumpkin puree
1/2 cup cold milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a deep dish cake pan with nonstick vegetable cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and salt, until they are well combined; set aside. In another large bowl, cream together the granulated sugar and softened butter, until they are creamy. Add in the eggs, pumpkin puree, milk and vanilla extract, beating well after each addition. Slowly add the flour mixture into the wet ingredient mixture, mixing well until all ingredients are combined.
Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
In a medium-sized bowl, whip together the softened cream cheese with the granulated sugar until smooth. Spread 2 1/2 cups of cake batter evenly over bottom of your cake pan. Spoon cream cheese filling evenly over the cake batter. Carefully spread it across the cake batter using a silicone or rubber spatula. Spoon remaining cake batter over cream cheese filling, spread evenly using a silicone spatula. Bake in your preheated oven for 45 minutes or until the cake tester comes out clean. (test the center of the cake.) Cool completely before adding the topping.
frozen whipped topping, thawed
A few minutes before serving the pumpkin cake, sprinkle your desired amount of confectioner's sugar on top. Cut cake into desired serving pieces and top with a dollop of whipped topping.