Pumpkin Cake (Dairy-Free and AMAZING) & Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

I’ve been told this is my best cake recipe YET!  Enjoy!  This pumpkin cake recipe was not made to be dairy-free, but it just happens to be!  IT is AMAZING with the cinnamon cream cheese frosting – THAT is definitely not dairy-free though.


Pumpkin Cake (Dairy-Free)

  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 c. white sugar
  • ½ c. vegetable oil
  • ¾ c. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 c. canned pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c. chopped walnuts (optional: do NOT use for pumpkin cakes – want smooth batter)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour pan or muffin tins. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine sugar, oil, and applesauce. Blend in vanilla and pumpkin, then beat in eggs one at a time. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in nuts. Spread batter into prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Baking times:

  • 12×18 inch pan: 30 minutes
  • 8×8 inch pan: 25 minutes
  • Bundt cupcake tins (filled halfway): 14 minutes,
  • Regular cupcakes: 18-22 minutes
  • Mini cupcakes: 12-15 minutes

Allow to cool.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 cup confectioners’ / powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (pure is best)
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy.  Add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon.  Beat until smooth.  Frost cupcakes.  Refrigerate leftovers.  Makes enough for 2+ dozen standard cupcakes.

Cake recipe found and adapted from All Recipes.  Frosting recipe adapted from Taste of Home.


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