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

How To Make Pumpkin Cake with Brown Butter Icing

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45 mins
55 mins
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


  • 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.
  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, salt, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Note: Browning the butter in the frosting gives this icing a nutty flavor. The consistency should be thin enough to spread but not runny.

Nutrition Facts

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