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Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Icing

I hope you’re not sick of pumpkin yet because this cake is something you need to try. Pumpkin Butterscotch Cake is a fairly dense, but moist cake. The texture is similar to pound cake. It’s covered in a wonderful butterscotch-flavored icing.

Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Icing


I’m a huge fan of pumpkin but I haven’t always been. Probably because growing up, I didn’t realize that there were any pumpkin desserts besides pumpkin pie.

I’m pretty sure that’s the only pumpkin dessert that existed in the 70s and 80s.

Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Icing


Isn’t it wonderful we have so much more variety and more ways to enjoy things now?

Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Icing


A box of cake mix is used as a base for this recipe. I always welcome taking a few shortcuts during the holiday season. Don’t you?

Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Icing


A box of instant butterscotch pudding combined with pumpkin puree gives this cake a unique flavor. A smooth and creamy icing with brown sugar and cinnamon gives the perfect finish to this fall cake.

Happy Halloween!

Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Icing


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Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Icing

Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Icing

With three layers of pumpkin-flavored cake and a butterscotch icing, this is the ultimate fall cake.
PREP: 1 hour 15 minutes
COOK: 18 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour 33 minutes



  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 1 (3.4-ounce) boxinstant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 5-6 cups confectioner's sugar
  • pecan halves, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine all cake batter ingredients and use an electric mixer to mix them on LOW for 30 seconds and then on HIGH for 2 minutes.
  • Pour batter into 3 greased 9-inch cake pans. Place in oven and bake for about 18 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in pans 10 minutes and then remove to racks to cool completely.
  • For Icing, melt butter over medium-low heat in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.
  • Add brown sugar and stir constantly until sugar dissolves. Bring mixture to a simmer and stir constantly for 2 minutes.
  • Slowly add cream and stir constantly for another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Pour mixture into a large mixing bowl and let cool for 1 hour.
  • Add 4 cups of confectioners' sugar to the cooled mixture and beat on high until smooth. Continue to beat in 1/2 cup of confectioners' sugar at a time until icing reaches desired sweetness and thickness.
  • Spread Icing between cake layers and on top and sides of cake. Decorate with pecan halves if desired. Store cake at room temperature for up to 3 days.


Calories: 413kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dessert

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13 thoughts on “Butterscotch Pumpkin Cake with Butterscotch Icing”

  1. CakenGifts.in

    Great article with beautiful pics this is very rare combination, this is my goodness that I found it on google, brilliant idea you have shared thank you so much.

  2. This cake is gorgeous, Christin! I love the pretty layers! Butterscotch and pumpkin sound amazing together!

  3. Butterscotch and pumpkin sound like a match made in heaven! This cake looks absolutely delicious. 🙂

  4. Shashi at RunninSrilankan

    I could never ever be sick of pumpkin with this Pumpkin Butterscotch Cake looking at me! Christin – this cake is gorgeous! Love how you doctored up that box of cake mix!

  5. Sarah @Whole and Heavenly Oven

    Oh, man! That butterscotch frosting is just about killing me! You totally nailed this cake, Christin! SO stunning!

  6. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    This cake is simply stunning, Christin! I can never get enough pumpkin, so I’m loving this combination. Sounds perfect!

  7. No fair there are way too many pumpkin recipes I need to try this fall, and not enough time!! I just want to face plant into that icing nomnom!

  8. Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen

    Christin this cake looks amazing! Perfect for a Thanksgiving dessert! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Mary @chattavore

    Christin, this sounds absolutely amazing. Pumpkin & butterscotch together? Yes please!

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