Is it a pumpkin pie or a pumpkin cake? Well, it’s neither! This lovely creation is actually called a pumpkin magic cake, and it’s purely delicious. In fact, this pumpkin magic cake recipe is really something special, and it will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth and your pumpkin cravings this fall.

This pumpkin magic cake has three layers of delicious pumpkin flavor!

Pumpkin Magic Cake Recipe

I first started making this simple pumpkin cake last fall after hearing about the recipe from a friend. Oh, and I have to give credit where credit is due. I totally got this recipe from Betty, herself. :)

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I can remember the first time I made it wondering if it was going to turn out right. It certainly doesn’t seem like any kind of magic is going to happen the first time you make it!

This pumpkin magic cake recipe has three layers of delicious pumpkin flavor!

Don’t worry, that pumpkin pie layer really does sink to the bottom in a magical way. I just love the yummy layers in this pumpkin magic cake recipe!

This pumpkin magic cake has three layers of delicious pumpkin flavor!

I love pumpkin pie, but my husband and kids really aren’t fans. This pumpkin magic cake recipe is wonderful because it gives me that pumpkin pie layer but also satisfies my cake-loving family.

It’s really so very tasty. You have to try it!

This pumpkin magic cake has three layers of delicious pumpkin flavor!

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Pumpkin Magic Cake

Author: Crissy Page


Cake Layer

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs

Pumpkin Layer

  • 1 can 15 oz pumpkin
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1 package 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Pumpkin pie spice


  • Heat oven to 350°F. Spray a 13×9-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cake mix, water, vegetable oil and 3 eggs on medium until well combined. Spread in pan.
  • In another large bowl, whisk pumpkin, brown sugar, half-and-half, 3 eggs, 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice and 1/2 teaspoon of salt until smooth. Carefully spoon this pumpkin mixture over the cake batter in pan.
  • Bake 48 to 53 minutes or until cake is set when touched lightly in center. Cool 30 minutes, then refrigerate at least 4 hours to chill.
  • In large bowl beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and 1/8 teaspoon salt until smooth. Add whipping cream; beat until smooth and stiff peaks form. Spread over chilled cake. Garnish by sprinkling pumpkin pie spice on top. Store covered in refrigerator.
Nutrition values are estimates, sourced from an online nutrition calculator. This information should never be considered a substitute for medical advice. Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Course: Desserts

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  1. Does this pumpkin magic cake take 6 eggs?, 
    Or is this a misprint?

  2. Lynda Cook says:

    I made this cake yesterday and I don’t know what happened or what I did wrong, but it did not layer and the pumpkin just sat there on the top and didn’t want to cook, I had the cake in the oven for almost and 1 1/2 hour and finally took it out and it’s still all soft pumpkin on top, I am going to have to ditch this cake, I’m very upset, I really wanted to try this, it looks so good

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