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Pumpkin Spice Mini-Cakes with Cream Cheese Icing

by Milisa on October 10, 2011

Pumpkin Mini-Cakes with Cream Cheese Icing

Pumpkin desserts are always a welcome sign of fall.  This is a really easy dessert that would be wonderful for guests or even the holidays.  It starts with a boxed cake mix with pumpkin added in for a moist cake that just almost melts in your mouth.  It is topped off with a drizzle of cream cheese icing and praline pecans, how could you resist?

I am glad for the cooler weather and the beautiful fall colors. I’m just not ready for the cold Wyoming winter.  The last few days have been more like winter, but I think fall is coming back later this week.

I hated to not get more recipes up last week but I just couldn’t make it happen.  I had an appointment with the accountant, which is my real job, I do  the bookkeeping on the ranch and for the other small businesses that we have.

We shipped cattle.  I showed up to help move cattle- not really realizing that I was going to help- wearing light blue capris and a bright red, flowery shirt and tennis shoes without backs.  Thank goodness I didn’t need to ride a horse!  I take a little teasing now and again for my clothing choices.  I’m like the lady on the commercial who says “I’m too lazy for real pants”.

I attended a JV football game where my  middle son had a fantastic game with a fumble recovery and the game winning tackle. They don’t call him the Tackling Tornado for nothing.

I cleaned house like mad for the interview with the “big city” news paper.  I should’ve been practicing like I was going to be Rachael Ray for the day because they brought their video camera!  They filmed me cooking and all I can say is I hope that they have an amazing video editor or else….. I’m sure you can fill in the rest.  Now that you know where I’ve been, let’s get to this wonderful fall dessert!

Pumpkin Mini-Cakes with Cream Cheese Icing


for cakes:

  • 1 18.25 oz  box spice cake mix (I used Betty Crocker)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup pumpkin

for icing:

  • 6 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup praline pecans, chopped

Cooking Directions:

for cakes:

Add cake mix, eggs, vegetable oil, water and  pumpkin to a large mixing bowl.  Beat on medium speed with electric mixer until well combined.

Spray a mini-bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Pour 1/4 cup batter into each.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Allow to cool in pan for a couple of minutes. Gently remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

Repeat with remaining batter.

for icing:

In a large bowl combine cream cheese and butter until smooth.  Stir in vanilla and milk.  Add powdered sugar and beat in until smooth.

If cakes are mounded, you can trim them with a bread knife, allowing them to sit flat on your serving dish.

Pour icing over cooled cakes.  Sprinkle with praline pecans.

*If you do not have mini-bundt pans, cupcakes will work just fine.




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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Ashley@BakerbyNature October 10, 2011 at 11:14 am

These look great! I’m not ready for full on Winter yet, but I love the flavors and coziness that Fall brings.


The Kitchen Noob October 10, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I can’t make a cake from scratch to save my life, but out of a box I seem to have no problems. This recipe is right up my alley. I think this might have to be a neat little treat for Thanksgiving this year. :)


Heather October 10, 2011 at 7:52 pm

These look wonderful. I love pumpkin desserts. I’m not sure what’s going on where I live, it’s just raining all the time right now. I would like to have some fall days.


Tickled Red October 10, 2011 at 7:53 pm

LOL…fantastic minds think alike love :D Nummy cakes! Hope you and your family are enjoying fall so far.


Chris @ TheKeenanCookbook October 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm

It was chilly last week, here in NJ, but all of a sudden it hit mid 80s again this weekend – fall weather it certainly did not feel like. Love your sons Football nickname “Tackling Tornado” :)


JodieMo October 10, 2011 at 7:57 pm

These look so yummy! I love that cream cheese icing. It’s a personal weakness.
I’m sure your video will be great. Very little editing required. :)


Curt October 10, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Wow, that sounds delicious. I love cream cheese frosting!


Squash Blossom Babies October 10, 2011 at 8:35 pm

cute, cute, cute!


Cassie@ Bake Your Day October 10, 2011 at 9:34 pm

These are beautiful. I love the pecans on the top and the fact that you used a box. I love taking some help from the store!


Deborah October 10, 2011 at 9:38 pm

So cute- and they sound delicious!!


Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet October 10, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Why must you torture me Milisa? :) These look fantastic! I want want want!!



Kate@Diethood October 10, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Pumpkin and cream cheese icing… doesn’t get better than that! Love this!!


Kristina @ spabettie October 10, 2011 at 11:38 pm

gorgeous photos and WOW, these look perfectly tasty – a perfect welcome for fall – which I am looking forward to also! :)


Diane {Created by Diane} October 10, 2011 at 11:39 pm

they look so pretty, and I’m sure are delicious!!!


Aggie October 11, 2011 at 1:25 am

oh my heaven do those look good!!


Georgia Pellegrini October 11, 2011 at 6:22 am

Love these. They’d be perfect for “high tea.” Not that I have “high tea” often, but I really should…


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Oh wow, how exciting! I’d love to see the feature on you when it’s done.


DessertForTwo October 11, 2011 at 9:41 pm

You know how much I love mini desserts! :)


carolinaheartstrings October 12, 2011 at 2:46 am

Wow do those look fantastic. The pictures are just terrific. We are excited to be celebrating our first anniversary today and our first give away. Come over and check it out.


KathiK October 16, 2011 at 4:47 am

I love this new site! it will be one I look at a lot! Good job! I can’t wait to make the little cakes…might even give me a reason to get a new cake pan…:)


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