Nov 17

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake

If you make no other desert for the holidays, this is it! I shared this with my neighbors and friends and everyone raved about it. What they had left over they ate for breakfast the next day! Two layers of moist pumpkin cake have a layer of spiced cheesecake in between them, with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting topping it all. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove provide the season’s flavors both in the pumpkin cake and the spiced cheesecake. A tip I found helpful was to make the cheesecake a day ahead of the pumpkin cake since it takes a lot longer to cool. Enjoy!


Pumpkin Cake Layers:
3/4 C. unsalted butter, room temperature
1-1/2 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 Tbsp. oil of choice (I used avocado oil)
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 large egg white, room temperature
2-1/2 C. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1-3/4 C. pumpkin puree

Spiced Cheesecake:
24-oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1 C. sugar
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 C. sour cream
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
4 large eggs, room temperature

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting:
16-oz. cream cheese, room temperature
1 C. butter, room temperature
8 C. powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

To make the cheesecake:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line the entire inside of a 9 inch cake pan with aluminum foil. Press it into the pan to get it as flat as you can. You’ll use the aluminum foil to lift the cheesecake out of the pan when it’s baked and cooled.

In a large mixer bowl, mix the cream cheese, sugar and flour together until combined. Use low-speed to keep less air from getting into the batter, which can cause cracks. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.

Add the sour cream, vanilla extract and spices and mix on low-speed until well combined. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing slowly and scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition.

Pour the cheesecake batter into the lined cake pan. Place the cake pan inside another larger pan. Fill the outside pan with enough warm water to go about halfway up the sides of the cake pan. Bake for 1 hour. Turn off the oven and leave the cheesecake in the oven with the door closed for 30 minutes. Do not open the door or you’ll release the heat.

Crack oven door and leave the cheesecake in the oven for another 30 minutes. This cooling process helps the cheesecake to cool slowly to prevent cracks. Remove cheesecake from oven and chill until firm, 5-6 hours.

To make the cake layers:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of two 9 inch cake pans with parchment paper and grease the sides.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar on medium speed until light in color and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and oil and mix until combined. Add eggs and egg white in two batches, mixing until incorporated after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to make sure everything is combined.

Add the dry ingredients to a medium-sized bowl and whisk to combine. Add half of the flour mixture to the batter and mix until combined. Add the pumpkin puree to the batter and mix until combined. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix until well combined and smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to ensure everything is well combined. The batter will be thick.

Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans. Bake for 23-26 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes our with a few crumbs. Remove cakes from the oven and allow to cool for 3-4 minutes, then remove from pans to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

To make the frosting and build the cake:

Combine the cream cheese and butter in a large mixer bowl and mix until smooth. Add about half of the powdered sugar and mix until smooth. Add the vanilla extract and cinnamon and mix until smooth. Add the remaining powdered sugar and mix until smooth.

Use a large serrated knife to remove the domes from the top of the two pumpkin cakes. Place the first layer of cake on a cake plate. Spread about 1 cup of frosting evenly on top of the cake layer. Use the aluminum foil to lift the cheesecake out of the cake pan, remove the foil and place the cheesecake on top of the cake. Spread another cup of frosting evenly on top of the cheesecake, then add the second layer of cake on top. Frost the outside of the cake.

Refrigerate cake until ready to serve. Cake is best for 3-4 days when frosted and in an airtight container.

2 comments

    • Judy on December 12, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    I am making this for church Christmas party, wish me luck. It looks like a lot of cake. I bet it is delicious.. Will let you know how they like it.

  1. Great, I am making it for a Christmas party this weekend also. I was told I had to bring it by multiple people since it was so good. It is a lot of cake but so worth it!

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