Pumpkin cakes are a fun, festive, and delicious way to celebrate Halloween or the wonderful fall season! With a wide variety of flavors, all of these cakes have one thing in common - they are all pumpkin-shaped! These cakes are perfect for hosting parties or just enjoying a fun treat at home with your family!
Best Pumpkin-Shaped Cakes
Baking fun and festive treats is one of my favorite ways to enjoy the fall season! All of these pumpkin-shaped cakes are so much fun to make and even more fun to eat!
They are a great way to add a festive touch to Halloween parties, and you can make them as spooky as you like! Of course, they are also perfect for any fall festivities, even outside of Halloween!
- Best Pumpkin-Shaped Cakes
- 1. Pumpkin Bundt Cake
- 2. Jack-O-Lantern Cake
- 3. Boo-tiful Pumpkin Drip Cake
- 4. The Great Pumpkin
- 5. Pumpkin Sponge Cake
- 6. Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes
- 7. Great Pumpkin Cake
- 8. Pumpkin Spice Cake
- 9. Halloween Pumpkin Cake
- 10. Vegan Mini Pumpkin Cakes
- 11. Kitty Cat In A Pumpkin
- 12. Little Pumpkin Cakes
- 13. Pumpkin Patch Pull-Apart Cake
- 14. Chocolate Filled Pumpkins
- 15. Halloween Candy Cake
- 16. Pumpkin Pail Cake
- 17. Party Pumpkin Cake
- 18. Pumpkin Bundt Cake
- 19. Vegan Pumpkin Cake
- 20. Pumpkin Peaks Cake
- 21. Pumpkin Cake Pops
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- Pumpkin Cakes: Pumpkin Dump Cake (+More Fun Pumpkin Shaped Cakes!)
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1. Pumpkin Bundt Cake
This pumpkin bundt cake is perfect for any fall occasion! It looks just like a pumpkin straight from the pumpkin patch!
This fun dessert is made by using two separate bundt cakes and stacking them on top of each other! It is then coated in frosting, and the stem is made from butter and sugar!
2. Jack-O-Lantern Cake
This jack-o-lantern cake is a super fun way to celebrate during the month of October! The pumpkin shape is carved from cake, while the stem is an inverted ice cream cone!
Plus, you can make this cake extra simple by using a boxed cake mix!
3. Boo-tiful Pumpkin Drip Cake
If you are worried about decorating your pumpkin cake, this option is one of the easiest! Most of the exposed cake remains unfrosted, using just enough orange frosting to cover the top and drip down the sides!
Top it with a green ice cream cone, and you'll have yourself an adorable pumpkin cake!
4. The Great Pumpkin
This adorable pumpkin would be perfect for any get-togethers that have a ton of kids! You could even make it with your kids and let them help decorate the face!
This recipe utilizes candy such as candy corn and M&Ms to make a super cute and fun pumpkin face!
5. Pumpkin Sponge Cake
I love how natural and rustic this cake appears since it replicates a white pumpkin instead of the traditional orange one. This recipe actually goes the extra mile and will walk you through how to make a gelatin mold to get the perfect pumpkin shape!
It has a hard chocolate shell, is loaded with cake, and is then filled with a delicious mousse!
6. Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes
These little cakes are incredibly cute and simple to serve, as no slicing is required!
They feature carrot cake that is made in mini bundt pans and cream cheese frosting. For an extra authentic touch, they are topped with real pumpkin stems!
7. Great Pumpkin Cake
This chocolate cake has a melted chocolate filling for an extra rich treat! It is coated with a glaze rather than frosting and even has chocolate leaves!
No matter where you serve this autumnal cake, everyone will definitely be impressed!
8. Pumpkin Spice Cake
Not only are these tiny pumpkins cute and festive, but they are also pumpkin-flavored! All you'll need is a mini bundt pan and some fondant for the stem!
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9. Halloween Pumpkin Cake
This incredibly spooky cake looks so lifelike! It uses two bundt cakes so there is no need to carve the cake at all, making it perfect for a beginner cake decorator!
Finally, the pumpkin stem is simply a lump of fondant!
10. Vegan Mini Pumpkin Cakes
Here is an option for anyone vegan! They are mini cakes with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting for a wonderful fall flavor!
Additionally, they are gluten-free, dairy-free, and eggless!
11. Kitty Cat In A Pumpkin
This has to be the cutest pumpkin cake I have ever seen! It represents a trick-or-treating pumpkin bail with a small black cat inside!
I will say that this cake uses more techniques than the others on this list, but you can always try it out!
12. Little Pumpkin Cakes
These cute little cakes aren't even frosted, but they still look great! You can even drizzle some chocolate on top or dust them with some powdered sugar for a finished look.
Then, just top them off with a wafer cookie for the stem, and you're all set!
13. Pumpkin Patch Pull-Apart Cake
A pull-apart cake is when you place a bunch of cupcakes next to each other and decorate them as one cohesive picture. In this case, a pumpkin!
When ready to enjoy, you simply grab one of the cupcakes! It is really that easy!
14. Chocolate Filled Pumpkins
These mini cakes use a boxed cake mix to make them extra simple! As if that wasn't great enough, they are also filled with Nutella!
Perfect for any festivities this season, these mini pumpkins won't put any extra work on you because of how easy they are to prepare!
15. Halloween Candy Cake
If you love combining candy and cake, then you need to check out this recipe! I think it is perfect for any kid's party- especially if your child has a birthday in the month of October!
It is prepared exactly like a standard cake, so there is nothing difficult about it. Then, simply load it up with all of your favorite goodies!
16. Pumpkin Pail Cake
This fun cake looks like you just went trick-or-treating and hit the candy jackpot! It is shaped just like a pumpkin candy bucket- and is loaded with actual treats!
The interior hole is made by simply utilizing the typical shape of a bundt cake. Trust me, this is much easier than it looks!
17. Party Pumpkin Cake
This is a 'party' cake because it is just like a pinata! When you cut it open to serve it, a bunch of candy will pour out!
It is an awesome addition to any costume or birthday party you may have coming up this season. Load it up with your favorite candies, and then get ready to have fun!
18. Pumpkin Bundt Cake
This gorgeous pumpkin cake is made by stacking two spiced pumpkin bundt cakes! It is filled with cream cheese frosting and coated with a thick layer of buttercream for the perfect finishing touch.
19. Vegan Pumpkin Cake
It's hard to believe that this moist and delicious pumpkin cake is gluten-free, grain-free, and vegan-friendly! While it looks like a pumpkin, the flavor is rich and chocolatey (without being overly sweet).
20. Pumpkin Peaks Cake
Wilton is a household name for bakers and cake makers everywhere! Their stacked pumpkin cake makes a show-stopping centerpiece for any fall gathering.
21. Pumpkin Cake Pops
These adorable pumpkin cake pops are so easy to make and always a hit at parties! You can make them with pumpkin cake or any flavor of cake you like because it's all covered in pumpkin orange candy coating anyway!
I'm always looking to add to my collection of fun pumpkin-shaped cakes! Let me know what your favorite recipes are so that I can try them out, too!
All of these cakes are sure to be a show-stopper at your next event! Leave a comment down below, and let me know which one you are excited to try out!
🍂 More Tasty Fall Recipes
- Bat Sugar Cookies - These fun cookies are cut out like bats and decorated with black frosting!
- Meringue Ghosts - For some fun Halloween treats, check out these super easy-to-make meringue cookies that are shaped like ghosts!
- Candy Corn Sugar Cookie Pinwheels - These sweet cookies feature dough that is colored yellow and orange and then rolled together!
- Apple Cider Donuts - These yummy donuts are the perfect breakfast treat for anyone who loves fall flavors!
- Witches Brew Cocktail - This vodka drink is the best way to kick off any fun Halloween parties!
- Apple Pie French Toast Casserole - If you have family visiting, this casserole will be the ultimate breakfast treat!
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Pumpkin Cakes: Pumpkin Dump Cake (+More Fun Pumpkin Shaped Cakes!)
- 29 oz pureed pumpkin (1 29-ounce can or 2 14 to 15-ounce cans, *see note)
- 12 oz evaporated milk (1 12-ounce can)
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup light brown sugar (packed)
- 3 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (try my recipe or use your favorite brand)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 15.25 oz spice cake mix (1 15.25-ounce package)
- 1 cup butter (melted)
- ½ cup graham cracker crumbs (optional)
- ½ cup pecans (optional, crushed)
- To begin, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine your pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs, light brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice mix, and salt.
- Pour the mixture into your prepared baking dish.
- In a bowl, add your package of cake mix and melted butter. Stir until the mixture has a crumbly consistency and then sprinkle it over the pumpkin mixture.
- Sprinkle the optional crushed graham crackers and/or crushed or chopped pecans over the top of the cake.
- Transfer the baking dish to your preheated oven and bake at 350°F (175°C) for about 50-60 minutes, or until the edges have been lightly browned (*see note).
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool fully before slicing and serving (*see note).
- For best results, use Libby's brand pumpkin as it contains the least amount of liquid.
- This recipe uses pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling. However, if you only have pumpkin pie filling on hand, you can still use it. However, you will need to adjust (reduce) the sugar and spices so that it is not too sweet!
- Feel free to reduce your canned pumpkin by half, if desired - it will still be tasty!
- For some extra texture, you can add either of the optional ingredients - graham crackers or pecans. Or, use a combination of both crushed graham crackers and chopped pecans for the topping!
- If you notice that your dump cake is browning too quickly (but not done baking), simply top it with some foil and finish baking as directed!
- If you stick a toothpick into your dump cake, some of the pumpkin filling will stick to it. You'll know it is done when it is no longer jiggly in the center and the cake topping is set!
- Personally, I think this cake is the best on day 2 after spending some time in the refrigerator!
- To store: Place any leftovers into an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 4 days.
- To freeze: Wrap your dump cake in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil before storing it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before enjoying!
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!