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Pumpkin Snack Cake With Browned Butter Frosting

This mouthwatering Pumpkin Snack Cake with Browned Butter Frosting has a tender crumb single layer cake that’s packed with fall flavor. The crowning touch is a luscious browned butter frosting generously slathered on top. It’s baked in a jelly roll pan, which results in pieces thin enough to be a cake-like bar that’s perfect for any potluck gathering dessert.

Pumpkin Snack Cake With Browned Butter Frosting

Easy Pumpkin Snack Cake with Browned Butter Frosting Recipe

The season of all things pumpkin doesn’t come around fast enough in my book. I know it’s a flavor we all associate with Fall and Thanksgiving here in the US, but it’s a real treat year-round. Whether you enjoy a streusel topped Pumpkin Muffin with a cup of coffee or a Pumpkin Spice Latte made at home, the pumpkin options are truly endless. This Pumpkin Cake is completely made from scratch and then it’s topped with a luscious brown butter frosting that takes it to another level. It’s made in an angel food pan making it a single layer cake that can feed a crowd.

Pumpkin Snack Cake With Browned Butter Frosting

How to Make the Best Pumpkin Snack Cake with Browned Butter Frosting Recipe

I love this pumpkin snack cake in particular, because this recipe makes enough to feed a hungry crowd, yet comes together so incredibly easy. The amazing taste of the browned butter frosting has a nutty edge that makes it so appealing. You can’t beat homemade-from-scratch seasonal goodness like this delectable pumpkin cake plus, it feeds a crowd making it a potluck favorite.

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Pumpkin Snack Cake with Browned Butter Frosting:  All purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pumpkin pie spice, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, canned pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, large eggs and vegetable oil. You’ll also need chopped toasted pecans to garnish the top.
  • For the easy Browned Butter Frosting you’ll need: Butter, powdered sugar, half and half plus vanilla extract.
  • Kitchen gadgets you’ll need: Mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons, a hand mixer or a stand mixer, a jelly roll pan, large spatula or spoons for spreading the batter into the pan and a small saucepan to make the browned butter.
  • To make browned butter, you’re actually toasting the milk solids in the butter. It adds such a depth of flavor and richness to the frosting flavor overall. It’s worth the small amount of effort to make.
  • This cake can be made up to 2 days in advance and stored chilled until serving.
  • Store leftover Pumpkin Snack Cake chilled in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Pumpkin Snack Cake With Browned Butter Frosting

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Pumpkin Snack Cake With Browned Butter Frosting

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Pumpkin Snack Cake With Browned Butter Frosting

Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Cooling time2 hours
Total Time2 hours 50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pumpkin-snack-cake-with-browned-butter-frosting
Servings: 36 servings
Calories: 276kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 15-oz can pumpkin puree
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Browned Butter Frosting:
  • 3/4 cup salted butter
  • 32 oz powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup half and half plus additional as needed
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 cup toasted chopped pecans or walnuts


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and spritz a 15 x 10 x 1 1/2-inch jelly roll pan with baking spray. Set aside.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, sift together the flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt. (Tip: A wire whisk works perfectly) 
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, eggs, oil and vanilla.
  • Using an electric mixer on low gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until fully moistened and the batter is creamy. 
  • Pour batter evenly into the pan. Bounce on the counter to release trapped air.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes back clean. Cool completely in the pan on a cooling rack.
  • To make the frosting: In a heavy bottomed saucepan over low heat, melt the butter. Cook for 10 minutes or until the butter turns light golden brown in color, stirring occasionally. The butter will bubble and froth.
  • Once browned, remove from the heat. Set aside to cool slightly. 
  • Add the powdered sugar, half and half and vanilla to a medium size mixing bowl. Using an electric mixer  on low speed gradually add the browned butter. After all is added, increase the speed of the mixer and beat until fluffy and smooth. Add additional half & half in 1 Tbsp increments if needed, until it reaches spreading consistency. 
  • Frost the cooled cake. Sprinkle with 1 cup toasted pecans or walnuts if desired.
  • Store chilled.


To toast the nuts, place 1 cup chopped nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in a 350°F oven for 6-8 minutes. Cool completely before sprinkling on top of the cake.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 159IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 4 stars
    Good recipe – could use additional/richer spicing. I will make again – great moist texture – but will use my own spice mix (vs the pumpkin pie spice blend) to amp up the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves. Thank you for sharing this recipe as a base recipe for me and my family! (I can’t resist a browned butter frosting!)

  2. 5 stars
    This snack cake is absolutely delicious! I made the recipe exactly according to directions and it came out perfect. This recipe is super easy and the ingredients are staples in most kitchens. I like how it uses the whole can of pumpkin so there is no waste.
    The texture is very smooth. The frosting is just sweet enough to complement the cake. Will definitely make again !

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