Pumpkin Cake with Brown Butter Icing Recipe

Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice blend together to perfectly spice this fantastic cake.

Pumpkin Cake with Brown Butter Icing Recipe

How To Make Pumpkin Cake with Brown Butter Icing

Prep: 45 mins
Cook: 55 mins
Total: 1 hr 40 mins


  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
  • 1 2/3 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for pan
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup homemade pumpkin purée, or canned
  • 1/2 cup milk, warm (110 degrees)
  • walnut halves, caramelized

For Brown Butter Icing:

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp milk


  1. Heat the oven to 350° F. Butter a 9x2-inch round cake pan. Line pan with parchment, and butter the parchment. Coat pan with flour, and tap out any excess.

  2. In a large bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside.

  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat sugar and butter together until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, and beat until combined. Add pumpkin purée and milk; beat until combined. Add reserved flour mixture; beat on low speed until just combined.

  4. Pour batter into prepared pan, and bake until a cake tester inserted into the middle comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Transfer the cake to a wire rack to cool. Let cake rest 20 minutes. Unmold cake. Using an offset spatula, spread icing over top of cake, and decorate with caramelized walnut halves.

  5. To make Brown Butter Icing, in a small saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat until nut-brown in color, about 10 minutes (see note). Remove pan from heat, and pour butter into a bowl, leaving any burned sediment behind.

  6. Add sugar, vanilla, and 1 Tbs. milk; stir until smooth. If the icing is too thick, add the remaining Tbs. milk, a little at a time, until consistency is spreadable. Let cool 5 minutes. Use immediately.

  7. Note: Browning the butter in the frosting gives this icing a nutty flavor. The consistency should be thin enough to spread but not runny.


  • Sugar: 53g
  • :
  • Calcium: 58mg
  • Calories: 488kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 75g
  • Cholesterol: 94mg
  • Fat: 19g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Potassium: 70mg
  • Protein: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 12g
  • Sodium: 284mg
  • Vitamin A: 624IU
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