Quick Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cake Mix

Easy pumpkin spice cake uses a yellow cake mix and spices for a delicious fall cake

I’m a big fan of shortcuts, so here is another recipe using a yellow cake mix and kicking it up a notch with some flavor.  This tastes like fall and makes your home smell soo good while baking!  The cake itself is not super sweet.  I have not added additional sugar and the cake mix I use is not overly sweetened.  I did this intentionally because I like to pair it with ice cream! I made no-churn maple cardamom ice cream with toasted butter pecans to go with this and made an ice cream cake.  Recipe for that ice cream will be up soon.


-As usual I used Cherrybrook Kitchen cake mix: https://www.amazon.com/Cherrybrook-Kitchen-Yellow-Cake-16-3-Ounce/dp/B000FPCVY8

The mix is available at both Wegmans and Whole Foods.

-I suggest if you want to make both the cake and ice cream and you are short on time, don’t try to turn it into a cake-like I did.  It took more time than I thought it would and next time I will just make both separately to serve together.

-I used about 1/3 less oil than stated on the box.  The pumpkin adds moisture and a little less oil is needed.

Pumpkin Spice Cake

Shilpa Joshi
Easy pumpkin spice cake uses a yellow cake mix and spices for a delicious fall cake
5 from 1 vote
Servings 8


  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • Yellow cake mix box I used Cherrybrook Kitchen
  • Milk per cake box instructions – I use milk instead of water
  • Oil use 1/3 less than stated on cake box instructions


Step 1

  • Empty cake mix into pot. Add spices and combine.

Step 2

  • Add milk and oil and combine.

Step 3

  • Pour into cake pan and bake!
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