Pumpkin Spice Cake~Doctored Cake Mix

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Today I'm going to share an amazingly moist and flavorful doctored cake mix Pumpkin Spice Cake recipe!

The BEST Pumpkin Spice Cake-Doctored Cake Mix Recipe by MyCakeSchool.com!


Every year, as summer draws to a close and the temperatures begin too cool off, I start to crave all things pumpkin and spiced!

There's such a coziness around these fall flavors. In fact, I think that we should call them snuggly flavors because one bite or sip of spiced or pumpkiny goodness just makes you want to snuggle up in a warm, fluffy blanket and call it a day. Ahhhhhh....


DELICIOUS Pumpkin Spice Cake - A Doctored Cake Mix Recipe by MyCakeSchool.com.


Nobody would guess that this heavenly Pumpkin Spice Cake starts from a simple cake mix!

I love a good scratch cake recipe (and we happen to have a fantastic scratch Pumpkin Spice Cake that you can find linked below)... but doctored cake mix recipes are so convenient, consistent, and when you find a recipe as good as this one, you NEED to drop everything and save it!

This cake is soft, ultra moist, and the flavor of the pumpkin is perfectly complemented by the pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, and of course, cream cheese frosting!

Ohhhh, how I love cream cheese frosting! Make sure to scroll beneath the recipe for links to our favorites! For this cake, I would recommend the Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting, but you cannot go wrong with any of the options linked below!

Make sure to keep this flavorful cake recipe in mind for your Thanksgiving or fall gatherings. It is sure to be a hit!


Pumpkin Spice Cake~Doctored Cake Mix

YUM! Delicious Pumpkin Spice Cake- A Doctored Cake Mix Recipe by MyCakeSchool.com!

This delicious Pumpkin Spice Cake all starts with a simple cake mix!


For the Pumpkin Cake Layers

  • 1 Package Yellow Cake Mix ( I used Duncan Hines Classic Yellow 15.25 oz (432g) Plus 5 Tablespoon flour (42g) ******See my note below
  • ½ c. (100g) Granulated Sugar
  • ½ c.107g) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (235g) pumpkin (Not pumpkin pie filling). We use Libby's 100% Pure Pumpkin (canned)
  • ½ cup (121g) milk
  • 1 teaspoon (4g) vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons (6g) ground cinnamon
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon (2g) nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon (1g) ginger
  • You could also add chopped pecans or mini chocolate chips as add ins if you like


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease and flour baking two 8 or 9 inch cake pans or a 9 x 13 baking pan (Batter makes great cupcakes too!)

In the bowl of your mixer, add the cake mix, 5 Tablespoons flour, (hand whisk to blend the flour into the cake mix, sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla, pumpkin, milk, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and eggs.

Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes until well blended. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl half way through. Transfer to the cake pans.

Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 min. or until it springs back to the touch.

Frost with cream cheese frosting or Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting


**Since my original posting of this recipe, I have also tried this recipe using Spice Cake Mix -- I just left out the spices that the recipe calls for since they are already in the mix. It works perfectly if you need a short cut or don't have the spices on hand!

What Frosting goes well with Pumpkin Spice Cake?

*As I mentioned above, all things pumpkin and spiced deserve a generous slathering of silky smooth Cream Cheese Frosting!  You will LOVE this cake with our Spiced Cream Cheese Frosting or Classic Cream Cheese Frosting. The combination is out of this world!


**Looking for a Pumpkin Spice Cake recipe from scratch? We have fallen head over heels for this flavorful autumn classic:  Homemade Pumpkin Spice Cake


For more fall favorites, check out our Fall & Thanksgiving Roundup of Ideas, Recipes, and Tutorials!

The BEST Fall and Thanksgiving Cake Roundup! Recipes and Cake Design Ideas by My Cake School!


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YUM! Delicious Pumpkin Spice Cake- A Doctored Cake Mix Recipe by MyCakeSchool.com!

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  1. Hi JeanF,
    Yes, originally the recipe used a cake mix with 18.25 ounces. I have made it with the current mix size and it was fine. Also, you can whisk in 4 to 6 Tablespoons flour until the mix equals 18.25 oz. and this will give you the same quantity cake batter as the original recipe. This is what I usually do. This is the recommendation of Anne Byrn, the author of The Cake Doctor Books.

  2. This recipe looks wonderful. Can you tell me how many cups of batter it makes in order to determine if I need a 2" or 3" deep round pan. Thanks - I am new to this website and to baking, for that matter.

  3. Hi Mary, I forgot to list the cups of batter this recipe makes but I think about 6 1/2 cups. We used 2 inch deep cake pans for this recipe. I hope you enjoy the cake!

  4. Thank you for sharing this recipe This cake is so good and moist will def make again I seen in the mixing directions it calls for water but didn't see water in the measurements so I didn't add any water just wondering if it's suspose to have water also ? Thank you for sharing this delicious cake recipe

  5. Hi Pamela, Thank you for letting me know. I have made the correction, it should read milk instead of water. I'm so happy you enjoyed the cake!!

  6. I want to make this a belly bump cake covered in fondant. Would it be firm enough for me to do that and can a spice cake mix be used to make it "extra spicy?"

  7. This recipe was absolutely delicious! I had a request for a pumpkin spice cake for a baby shower cake. The customer said it was a hit! This will be going into my cake flavor options. (My husband and I ate all the cake trimmings with our morning coffee!)

  8. Hi Debbie, I love the way you decorated your cake......just beautiful! Thanks so much for your nice review, I am so happy it was a hit with your customer. Thank you for posting!