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Pumpkin Spice Naked Layer Cake with Salted Caramel Drizzle

This deliciously spiced layer cake is perfect for fall entertaining
Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: iced pumpkin cake recipe, naked layer cake recipe, pumpkin spice cake recipe
Servings: 16
Calories: 824kcal
Author: Jen Pinkston


  • one 15 oz can of organic pumpkin puree
  • 1 ½ c. sugar
  • ½ c. olive oil
  • large eggs
  • 2 ½ c.  all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½  tsp.  baking powder
  • ¾  tsp.  baking soda
  • ½  tsp.  salt
  • Tbsp.  cinnamon
  • tsp.  nutmeg
  • ¼  tsp.  allspice

Ingredients for the Icing:

  • ounce  unsalted butter  softened
  • 16  ounce  cream cheese softened
  • cups  powdered sugar
  • teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • milk or almond milk to get to desired consistency

Ingredients for the top:

  • ½ c. salted caramel
  • 5 figs halved


  • Preheat the oven to 350° and grease three 8-inch round cake tins.
  • Whisk together the pumpkin puree, oil, eggs and sugar in a large bowl until smooth. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices and salt.
  • Combine the dry and wet ingredients and fold together until smooth. Divide the mixture between the prepared tins.
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 20 minutes.
  • While the cake cools, make icing by whisking together cream cheese, butter and vanilla until creamy.  Gradually add powdered sugar and stir together. If you need to thin the icing, add milk or almond milk.  Just be sure not to get it too thin.
  • Remove cakes from their tins onto a cutting board.  Carefully remove the rounded top portion of the cake with a bread knife so that each side of the cake is flat.  Then carefully cut each cake in half across the middle so that you are left with six thin cakes.
  • Carefully stack each cake on a cake stand with a thin layer of icing between it, allowing some too spill down the sides.  Top with extra icing.  Using a spatula, smooth the icing on the sides and top with salted caramel sauce and figs.


Calories: 824kcal | Carbohydrates: 151g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 93mg | Sodium: 307mg | Potassium: 195mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 114g | Vitamin A: 4945IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 3mg