Pumpkin Walnut Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Now that fall is finally here (AHHH!!!!) I couldn't wait to whip up this Pumpkin Walnut Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. This cake is perfectly fall-themed with notes of pumpkin and spice running throughout it. Plus, it's pretty simple to make and will leave your house smelling delicious! Before we jump into the recipe, I want to call out that I borrowed and modified this recipe from the ever perfect Martha Stewart. Am I the only one who can't help but read every Martha Stewart cook book, craft book and holiday entertaining book available this time of year?!? Anyway, get your aprons and mixing bowls ready and lets do this.

Pumpkin Spice Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Cake Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs and 1 egg white 
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree 
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients

  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-by-2-inch round cake pan. Rub a stick of butter along the sides and bottom of the pan until completely covered. Coat the pan with flour and gently tap to remove the excess.

  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Place the mixture to the side.

  3. Next, beat the sugar and butter until light and fluffy. This should take about 2 minutes with the aid of an electric mixer. Add the eggs and egg white and beat they are combined. Now, add the pumpkin puree and buttermilk and beat until everything is combined. Slowly add the flour mixture and walnuts, and mix gently until the batter is smooth.

  4. Pour the batter into the buttered pan, and bake at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center. Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool and let it rest for about 20 minutes while you make the frosting.

  5. To make the frosting simply mix all of the ingredients listed above until smooth. 

  6. Delicately frost the cake as desired and enjoy with tea or coffee.