LUSCIOUS FOUR-LAYER PUMPKIN CAKE

 

  • Cooking Time:
  • Servings: 16
  • Preparation Time: 20

Backstory

This also has directions of cutting and stacking layers. Great for Thanksgiving as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 (18 ounce) package yellow cake mix
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin, divided
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, divided
  • Filling:
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) container whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/4 cup caramel topping
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  • Beat cake mix, 1 cup of the pumpkin, the milk, oil, eggs and 1 teaspoons of the pumpkin pie spice in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.
  • Pour evenly into prepared pans.
  • Bake 28 to 30 minute or until wooden toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean.
  • Cool in pans 10 minutes.
  • Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely.
  • To prepare filling, beat cream cheese in small bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy.
  • Add sugar, remaining pumpkin and remaining 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice; mix well.
  • Stir in the whipped topping.
  • Cut each cake layer horizontally in half with serrated knife.
  • Stack layers on serving plate, spreading the cream cheese filling between layers. (Do not frost top of cake.).
  • Drizzle cake with caramel topping just before serving; sprinkle with the pecans.
  • Store leftover cake in refrigerator.
  • How to Slice and Stack Cake Layers:
  • Place one of the cooled cake layers on a serving plate.
  • Make a 2-inch horizontal cut around side of cake using a long serrated knife.
  • Then, cut all of the way through the cake layer to make two layers.
  • Remove the top layer by sliding it onto a 9-inch round cardboard circle.
  • Frost the cake layer on the serving plate with one-third of the whipped topping mixture, then slide the top half of the split cake layer from the cardboard circle onto the frosted layer on plate.
  • Place the remaining unsplit cake layer on a cutting board.
  • Cut into two layers as done for the first layer.
  • Repeat the process of transferring the cake layers to the stacked cake layers on plate using the cardboard circle.

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