Pumpkin Cake with Vanilla Maple Glaze

Looking for a flavorful and easy cake for your fall dessert table? This pumpkin cake with vanilla maple glaze will please dessert lovers in your life.
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Pumpkin is one of my favorite fall flavors and maple is one of my favorite flavors anytime of year.While brainstorming ideas for this month the idea of combining them into one easy to make recipe was definitely one of my favorites.

The cake is really quick to make and not overly sweet, the glaze is just enough of a topping. It does use a cake mix because, with very few exceptions, homemade cakes never turn out as well for me.


Pumpkin Cake with Vanilla Maple Glaze

Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Author Micha


For the cake:

  • 1 18.25 ounce yellow cake mix
  • 1 3.4 ounce pumpkin spice instant pudding mix (if you can't find this see notes at the bottom of recipe)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree. just the plain pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter , softened
  • 1 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon milk , as needed


For the cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a Bundt pan.
  3. Combine the cake mix, pudding mix, pumpkin, eggs, melted butter, and buttermilk in a bowl.
  4. Beat with a mixer for 3 minutes until ingredients are well combined.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 35-45 minutes or until a tester comes out with fine crumbs.
  6. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes, remove from pan and cool completely on rack.

For the glaze:

  1. In a small bowl combine the powdered sugar and softened butter,
  2. Whisk in the maple syrup and vanilla.
  3. Stir a teaspoon of milk in at a time until the desired consistency is achieved.
  4. Spoon glaze over cooled cake.

Recipe Notes

The pumpkin spice pudding is a seasonal item if you cannot find it substitute a same size box of vanilla instant pudding with an additional 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.

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  1. Gorgeous cake! What an amazing colour!

  2. I love when good desserts start with a mix. makes baking so much more fun! going to pin this thx

  3. Yum-o! I love pumpkin everything this time of year 🙂 Pinned to try!


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