Naked Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Buttercream

A naked Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Buttercream for your Thanksgiving!

It’s been one of those weeks where I am wiped out. I wish I could say TGIF but it’s going to be an even busier weekend. So I am going to keep it short today and tell you to simply make this pumpkin cake with caramel buttercream if you can this weekend or keep it in your back pocket for Thanksgiving.

It’s a stunner that will be perfect for holiday gatherings. Starting with my favorite spiced pumpkin cake recipe, I filled this moist and delicious cake with a creamy sweet caramel buttercream and topped it off with drizzles of caramel. It could only get better if you used salted caramel sauce as I imagine a sweet and salty combo with pumpkin will just be great.

A naked Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Buttercream for your Thanksgiving!

I am sharing the recipe of this pumpkin cake and also a step-by-step tutorial on making the best caramel sauce over on The Kitchentuisiast, the Kitchenaid blog. Head over there to get the recipe.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Naked Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Buttercream
Yield: 1 8-inch layer cake

Naked Pumpkin Cake with Caramel Buttercream

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


For the Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 15 ounces (~1 1/2) cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk, room temperature

Caramel Frosting

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup homemade caramel sauce, plus more for topping


  • For the full instructions, head over to The Kitchenthusiast.
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