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Apple Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist pumpkin and apple sheet cake with spices and a from-scratch cream cheese icing
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
cooling1 hour
Total Time1 hour 50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple pumpkin cake, fall dessert
Servings: 20 slices
Calories: 330kcal
Author: Katie Shaw



  • 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.


Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 39mg | Sodium: 200mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 4062IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 1mg