slice, Magic Layer Pumpkin Cake on a white plate topped with cinnamon chips

MAGIC PUMPKIN LAYER CAKE (+Video)

Magic Pumpkin Layer Cake is vanilla cake on the bottom with pumpkin pie filling layered on top and finished with cinnamon whipped topping.

MAGIC PUMPKIN LAYER CAKE

I don’t know about you but I’m ready for fall. Well, maybe not the shorter days that come with fall. I am a daytime, warm, sunshine-loving kinda gal. But I’m definitely ready for fall flavors. I love those fall smells of apples, cinnamon and clove (and of course, pumpkin.)
slice, Magic Layer Pumpkin Cake on a white plate topped with cinnamon chips
VIDEO INCLUDED BELOW:

WHY IS IT CALLED MAGIC PUMPKIN CAKE?

Well, because you actually pour the cake batter in first and the pumpkin pie filling in second –  but after it bakes – the pumpkin layer ends up on bottom and the cake layer on top. So obviously, no magic happpening here, it’s just because the pumpkin layer weighs more than the cake layer so it sinks to the bottom of the baking dish. But baking it this way allows everything to cook evenly without any layer being under-done or overcooked. Magic Pumpkin Layer Cake recipe from The Country Cook

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
vanilla cake mix (plus ingredients needed to make cake: eggs, oil, water)*
pumpkin pie mix*
evaporated milk
eggs
instant vanilla pudding
pumpkin pie spice (or MAKE YOUR OWN)
cold milk
whipped topping (COOL WHIP)
vanilla cake mix, pumpkin pie mix, evaporated milk, eggs, instant vanilla pudding, pumpkin pie spice. cold milk, whipped topping (COOL WHIP)
*Pumpkin Pie Mix Note: We’re using pumpkin pie mix NOT canned pumpkin puree. Pumpkin Pie Mix already has the pumpkin and seasoning and sugar added to it. All you have to do is add the eggs and evaporated milk to it. I add additional pumpkin spice seasoning because we love it. Canned pumpkin is just plain pumpkin – we don’t want that here.
Libby's Pumpkin Pie Mix

HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN LAYER CAKE:

Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Prepare cake mix according to package directions.
preparing vanilla cake mix in a stand up mixer
Pour cake batter into prepared baking dish (don’t bake yet!) Keep the mixing bowl handy!
vanilla cake batter in white baking dish
Now, prepare the pumpkin pie mix. Combine contents of can of pumpkin pie mix with eggs, evaporated milk and one teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Stir well.
pouring evaporated milk into pumpkin pie mix in a stand mixer
I just wipe out the same bowl I used for the cake batter and use that to mix the pumpkin pie filling. No need to make a bunch of dirty dishes!
pumpkin pie batter in a batter bowl of a stand mixer
Slowly pour the pumpkin pie mix right onto the cake batter.
pouring pumpkin pie batter into vanilla cake batter
Just drizzle it all around the entire cake.
drizzled pumpkin pie batter on vanilla cake batter in a white baking dish
Then put in the oven and bake for about 50-60 minutes. The cake will look a little darker than what we’re used to. Don’t worry – it will be fine. And fear not – there will be layers under there! Allow cake to cool completely – at least a couple of hours.
fully baked Magic Pumpkin Cake
Once cake is cooled, begin making topping. Combine package of instant pudding with teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.
instant vanilla pudding mix topped with pumpkin pie spice in a small glass bowl
Next, pour in cold milk. Whisk mixture until pudding begins to thicken.
whisking together cold milk with instant vanilla pudding and pumpkin pie spice in a bowl
Gently fold in whipped topping.
whipped topping gently mixed with pumpkin spice pudding mixture
Spread topping onto cooled cake. You can serve it immediately but I would recommend popping it in the fridge for at least an hour. This will help the topping setup a bit more and make it easier to slice (but it’s not absolutely necessary.)
pumpkin spice whipped topping being spread with a spatula onto the cooled cake
I added some cinnamon chips on top just to make it look pretty.
Hershey's Cinnamon Chips
Slice up and serve! Keep refrigerated if not eating immediately. In addition, refrigerate any leftovers.MAGIC PUMPKIN LAYER CAKE TOPPED WITH CINNAMON CHIPS

Enjoy!

Originally published: August 2015
Updated & republished: November 2019

RECIPE INSPIRATION: I wash…you dry

MAGIC PUMPKIN LAYER CAKE

Magic Pumpkin Layer Cake is vanilla cake on the bottom with pumpkin pie filling layered on top and finished with cinnamon whipped topping.

  • 1 box vanilla cake mix ( (plus ingredients needed to make cake: eggs, oil, water))
  • 1 (30 oz) can Pumpkin Pie Filling Mix
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 (3.5 oz) box instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (divided use)
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 (8 oz) tub whipped topping (thawed (COOL WHIP))
  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Spray a 9 x13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Prepare cake mix according to package directions (using eggs, oil & water).
  4. Pour cake batter into prepared baking dish (don’t bake yet!)
  5. Combine contents of can of pumpkin pie mix with eggs and evaporated milk and one teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.
  6. Stir well.
  7. Slowly pour the pumpkin pie mix right onto the cake batter (over the entire cake).
  8. Bake for about 50-60 minutes.
  9. The cake will look a little darker than what you’re used to and that’s normal. (fear not – there will be layers under there!)
  10. Allow cake to cool completely – at least a couple of hours.
  11. Once cake is cooled, begin making topping.
  12. Combine package of instant pudding with teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.
  13. Then pour in cold milk.
  14. Whisk mixture until pudding begins to thicken.
  15. Then gently fold whipped topping into the pudding.
  16. Spread topping onto cooled cake.

Optional: Sprinkle some mini cinnamon chips on top of finished cake. Keep refrigerated if not eating immediately.

You can serve it immediately but I would recommend popping it in the fridge for at least an hour.

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