Step away from the cake mix! This Pumpkin Spice Cake is not only easy, but doesn’t take any longer than a boxed mix.   The Browned Butter Glaze takes an extra minute, but if you’re feeling unsure about it, leave it out! Just cream the butter in with the cream cheese and call it a day.  But the browned butter gives the glaze an extra depth of flavor that goes so well with the sweetness of the cake.


Pumpkin Spice Cake (old Southern Living recipe) with Browned Butter Glaze (from Sugar Mama)



4 large eggs

2 cups sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves


Preheat oven to 350.  Grease and flour a Bundt pan.  


Combine eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, and pumpkin and mix with electric mixer until smooth.  


Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger, and cloves in a separate bowl.  


Stir flour mix into pumpkin mix until well blended.


Spread batter into Bundt pan.  


Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  



For the glaze:



6 tablespoons butter

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2-4 tablespoons milk

½ cup walnuts, toasted for garnish


In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the butter releases gets foamy and just starts to turn golden, about 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat, pour browned butter into a small bowl to cool slightly (try to keep the solids out of the bowl, but it’s ok if some get in).


Use an electric mixer to combine browned butter, powdered sugar, cream cheese, and vanilla. Add milk until a pourable consistency is reached. Garnish immediately with toasted walnuts.


Pumpkin Spice Cake