Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


This healthy pumpkin sheet cake is perfectly spiced from the pumpkin pie spice blend, a mixture of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. A tangy, sweet cream cheese frosting helps balance the flavors. This cake is perfect for any fall gathering.

a recipe photo of the Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting in the cake pan with two slices cut and placed on plates alongside forks
Photo: Sara Haas
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 40 mins


  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup unseasoned pumpkin puree

  • ¾ cup water

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract, divided

  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar, divided


  1. Preheat oven to 350℉. Line a 9-by-13-inch metal baking pan with parchment paper, allowing it to overhang the edges. Coat with cooking spray.

  2. Whisk pastry flour, all-purpose flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add pumpkin, water, granulated sugar, brown sugar, oil and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla; whisk until smooth. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely in the pan on a wire rack for 1 hour before frosting.

  3. Place cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl; beat with an electric mixer on high speed until smooth. Slowly add 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar; beat on medium speed to combine. Add another 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar and the remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat to combine. Add the remaining 1 cup confectioners' sugar; beat on high speed until smooth and fluffy. Spread the frosting in an even layer over the cooled cake.


Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

155 Calories
5g Fat
28g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Serving Size 1 piece
Calories 155
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 19g
Added Sugars 18g 36%
Protein 2g 4%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Vitamin A 1659IU 33%
Vitamin C 1mg 1%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 17mcg 4%
Vitamin K 2mcg 2%
Sodium 191mg 8%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 5mg 1%
Potassium 40mg 1%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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