Pumpkin Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

The perfect fall dessert combining your favorite flavors, this cake is moist, flavorful, and topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting.

If you’re a pumpkin lover but need something just a little different, this one’s for you.

large square slice of pumpkin cake with apple in background.

Apple Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist pumpkin and apple sheet cake with spices and a from-scratch cream cheese icing
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
cooling 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Serving Size 20 slices



  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups pureed pumpkin 1 (15 oz) can
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 medium apple shredded
  • ¼ cup applesauce


  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • cups powdered sugar
  • 1 dash vanilla
  • pinch of salt


  • Prep. Preheat oven to 350. Spray 10 x 15 jelly roll pan with vegetable oil cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  • Make batter. Beat pumpkin, sugar, and oil until well combined.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, and beat until blended, scraping down the bowl as necessary. Mix dry ingredients separately and add them one cup at a time,  blending on low after each addition. Stir in applesauce and shredded apples by hand.
    stages of making cake batter.
  • Bake. Pour batter into prepared pan, gently spreading to smooth it out. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.  Cool in pan on wire rack.  After 15 minutes of cooling, cover with a clean tea towel.
    cake batter and fully baked cake.
  • Frost. After cake is cooled, make icing:  blend butter, cream cheese, and vanilla with mixer until fluffy.  Slowly add powdered sugar and beat until smooth. Spread icing on cake and serve directly out of the pan. Refrigerate any leftovers.
    mixing bowl with cream cheese frosting.


Cake can be made in two 8 inch rounds and served as a layer cake.  Double the frosting to have a layer in the middle.
The cake may look uneven when it come out of the oven but will settle as it cools.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this classic fall dessert:

  • sugar
  • vegetable oil
  • canned pureed pumpkin 
  • eggs
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • baking powder
  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • ground ginger
  • ground cloves
  • ground allspice
  • ground nutmeg
  • shredded apple
  • applesauce
  • melted butter
  • cream cheese
  • powdered sugar
  • vanilla
ingredients on wooden board.
  • 10 x 15 rimmed jelly roll pan
  • electric hand mixer or stand mixer
  • large mixing bowl

🥫 Storage instructions

If you have any leftovers, be sure to store them in the fridge. The cake will keep for up to four days.

If you’re eating it the same day, it’s fine to leave it out at room temperature.

👩🏻‍🍳 Expert tips

2 squares of pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting.
  • Grate the apples however you want. I just use a box grater, but the food processor with the shredding disc does a good job too.
  • Make sure the cream cheese is softened before making the frosting.
  • Don’t overmix the batter. Stir in the applesauce and shredded apples by hand.
  • The cake can be made in two 8-inch rounds and served as a layer cake. Double the frosting to have a layer in the middle.
  • Any variety of apples will work just fine.

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