Luscious Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake

So for those purist out there... stop reading... cause this uses a cake mix. *gasp*! You know what, I'm all about doing it from scratch, but sometimes, like when it's thanksgiving and you are already making 4 other desserts, a little shortcut is a nice thing. This comes straight from Kraft... who I really don't like as a company... but they did have a tasty recipe so... oh well. Oh I did change a few things to lighten it up a bit (not as much as usual since Mom was watching over my shoulder saying "oh just follow the recipe and put the oil in!" haha), you'll see my slight changes below.

This cake looked amazing, so pretty! And it wasn't bad at all to make. I made the cakes the day before Thanksgiving, then whipped up the topping the day of and assembled it. The cake was a hit with everyone and I would totally make it again. However I may try my own homemade cake recipe next time.


Luscious Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake
1 pkg. (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin, divided
1/2 cup skim milk
1/3 cup oil (I used 1/4 since Mom looked away)
4 eggs
1-1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, divided
1 pkg. (8 oz.) 1/3 less fat Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP fat free Whipped Topping, thawed
1/4 cup Chopped Pecans

HEAT oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) round baking pans. Beat cake mix, 1 cup pumpkin, milk, oil, eggs and 1 tsp. spice in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Pour into prepared pans.

BAKE 28 to 30 min. or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 min. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely. Beat cream cheese in small bowl with mixer until creamy. Add sugar, remaining pumpkin and spice; mix well. Gently stir in COOL WHIP.

CUT each cake layer horizontally in half with serrated knife; stack on serving plate, spreading cream cheese filling between layers. (Do not frost top layer - I totally frosted the top... yum.) Sprinkle with nuts. Refrigerate leftovers.

MMMMM now I want some cake...

4 chews:

Meg said...

Amazing and low fat! This pumpkin lover wants some of this cake NOW!

Reeni said...

Four layers of total yum!!! It's gorgeous!

I totally made this for Thanksgiving too! And yes, it was a huge hit. Small time investment too! =)

Reeni said...

Four layers of total yum!!! It's gorgeous!

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