Pumpkin Sheet Cake Recipe

Rachael Dart | Spache the Spatula

Pumpkin Sheet Cake is a unique cake with distinct flavors. Pumpkin and lavender make this cake extra special.

Pumpkin Sheet Cake Photo

Would you believe me if I told you that there are scientific studies to back up this seemingly odd flavor combo?

It’s true! In a study to discover the most alluring scents to men (for the purpose of perfume), pumpkin pie + lavender, together, came out on top! Which is interesting, because I had this idea planned out long before I knew of its tantalizing properties.

Pumpkin Sheet Cake Picture

You see, it’s really no secret that pumpkin and lavender are my two very favorite flavors, ever, so it’s only natural that I would eventually combine them!

Pumpkin Sheet Cake Image

The outcome is something amazing---it’s calming and comforting, and just crazy delicious. The cake is soft, super moist, and full of big pumpkin flavor that is enhanced by a touch of cinnamon. The frosting is fluffy, impossibly light, tangy, silky-smooth, and beautifully scented with just enough lavender. I’m actually shocked I hadn’t tried this combo sooner!

Pumpkin Sheet Cake Pic

Oh, and this cake couldn’t be simpler to throw together! It’s a sheet cake, which mean no leveling, layer stacking, or worrying about getting that frosting spread on just right. What this cake lacks in fancy appearance, it more than makes up for in sophisticated flavor.

While this cake makes an incredible dessert, it’s not overly sweet, so it can also pair perfectly with tea or coffee. Yes, I’m 100% guilty of eating it for breakfast, and I don’t even feel bad about it!

Frosting for breakfast should be a regular thing, don’t you think? I mean, what easier way to make a random Tuesday special?

Pumpkin Sheet Cake Pics

This easily serves a crowd, and I imagine it would be wonderful for a ladies’ brunch (wait, do people still have these?!), but I can assure you that the dudes will like it, too! Mikey, my boyfriend, ate an entire piece in under 1 minute. That’s always a good sign :)

Need a few more ridiculously good dessert ideas? Try my super stuffed chocolate chip cookies or old fashioned pumpkin spice doughnuts!

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Pumpkin Sheet Cake Recipe

    18 Servings


For the Cake:
  • 1 15 ounce can Pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, Melted
  • 1/2 cup Canola Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 4 large Eggs
  • 2 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
For the Frosting:
  • 2 cups Confectioners Sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon Lavender Flower Buds
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, At room temperature
  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream


For the Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 15” x 10” x 1” jelly roll pan with butter; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with the whisk attachment, beat together the pumpkin, butter, oil, vanilla, and sugar. Add in the eggs and mix to combine. Add in the dry ingredients, and beat until just combined.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and spread evenly.
  4. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to fully cool.

For the Frosting:

  1. In a food processor, process together the sugar and lavender, until the lavender is ground, and the sugar is fragrant.
  2. Add the lavender sugar, and the rest of the ingredients to the bowl on an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat for 5-8 minutes until light and fluffy.
  3. Spread the frosting over the cooled cake, slice, and enjoy!


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Author: Rachael Dart
Recipe Yields: 18 servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 slice
Servings Per Recipe 18

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 149
Calories 373

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g
  Saturated Fat 8g
Sodium 162mg
Total Carbohydrate 35g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 36g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Rachael Dart

About Rachael

Rachael is passionate about every kind of food, but especially desserts. Her blog, Spache the Spatula, is darling! We're so glad to have her as a Dessert fanatic.

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