Pumpkin Pie Cake

Pumpkin Pie Cake – six pumpkin cake layers with toasted marshmallow filling, pumpkin pie filling, shortbread crumbs and vanilla buttercream.

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Cake for Thanksgiving

As most of you know by know, I’m not the biggest fan of pie. I know it’s shocking to some of you. And I’m pretty sure it breaks my mom’s heart every time I say those words. She spent hours teaching me how to make the perfect pie crust when I was growing up. And for pie crust, hers is definitely the best, but I just can’t get on board.

I just accepted that I wouldn’t eat dessert at Thanksgiving dinner 🙂 But then, a few years ago, I tried Sweetapolita’s Autumn Delight Cake and instantly fell in love with the fall-inspired flavors. I immediately thought it would be the perfect cake to serve at a Thanksgiving dinner! And so, I did it. I replaced pie with cake and it was the best Thanksgiving ever!

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Pie Inspired Cakes

I later tried Milk Bar’s Pumpkin Pie Cake and Apple Pie Cake and became the biggest fan of pie-inspired cake. This year, I decided it was high time I came up with my own recipes. For my pie-inspired cakes, I took inspiration from three family recipes: my mom’s Apple Pie and Ryan’s mom’s Triple Chocolate Pecan Pie, and her Pumpkin Pie. In each of my new recipes, I’ve incorporated the fillings from each of these three family favorites.

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Pumpkin Pie Cake

First up, is my Pumpkin Pie Cake. Out of the three (Pumpkin Pie Cake, French Apple Pie Cake, and Triple Chocolate Pecan Pie Cake), this one is my favorite! I’ve split three layers of pumpkin cake into six thin layers to maximize the number of fillings I can add to the cake. I then used toasted marshmallow filling, Ryan’s mom’s pumpkin pie filling, and a shortbread crumb to fill each layer. The cake is then covered in a vanilla buttercream.

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Make sure to fill your fork with both the pumpkin pie layer and the toasted marshmallow layer so you get the entire experience with each bite. It’s the best form of pumpkin pie I’ve ever had if I do say so myself 😉

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Here’s a short video to show you how I’ve assembled the cake.

I’m so excited for you to make this cake! It’s definitely the one I’ll be making for Thanksgiving dinner at my house. Follow me @cakebycourtney for more cake tips and recipes!

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Courtney Rich
Six pumpkin cake layers with toasted marshmallow filling, pumpkin pie filling, shortbread crumbs and vanilla buttercream.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Cake
Servings 20 people



  • 1 1/2 cups (300 g) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (165 g) light brown sugar packed
  • 5 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup (218 g) vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (6.3 g) vanilla
  • 2 cups (450 g) pumpkin purée
  • 3 cups (360 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (21 g) baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons (7.8 g) ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons (3 g) ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon (2.64 g) nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon (5.6 g)salt


  • 3/4 cup (150 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (12.5 g) light brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon (8.12 g) cornstarch sifted
  • 2 teaspoons (5.28 g) ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon (2 g)ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon (1.4 g) salt
  • 1 can about 16 oz. pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
  • 3/4 cup (173.25 g) whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup (120 g) sour cream
  • 3 large eggs beaten


  • 16 tablespoons (226 g) unsalted butter melted
  • 3 cups (360 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.8 g) Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons (44.4 g) water


  • 24 large white marshmallows
  • 1 1/2 cup (187.5 g) powdered sugar measured and then sifted
  • 1 cup 2 sticks (226 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.1 g) pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 jar about 100 g marshmallow fluff


  • 2 cups (452 g) unsalted butter chilled (I take the butter out of the fridge 30 minutes before I make my frosting)
  • 6 cups (750 g) powdered sugar measured and then sifted
  • 3-4 tablespoons (43.3 -57.75 g)heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon (4.2 g) pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1-2 drops orange food gel optional
  • *This buttercream recipe makes enough to fill and cover your cake. If you want to add additional piping, you’ll want to make an extra 1/2 batch.



  • Preheat 350 degrees F. Spray three 8-inch or four 6-inch round cake pans with cooking spray and line the bottoms with parchment paper rounds. Spray again and set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the sugar and eggs together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add the oil and vanilla and beat on medium until combined, about 30 seconds. Add the pumpkin filling and mix until combined, about another 30 seconds.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg, and salt, and with the mixer on the lowest speed, gradually add to the pumpkin/egg mixture.
  • Evenly distribute batter into the prepared pans, smooth with a small offset palette knife and place in the center of the middle rack of the oven, about 2 inches apart. Bake until a knife or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. (Mine took 23).
  • Let pans cool on a wire rack 10 minutes, and then invert cakes onto rack and cool them completely.


  • Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  • Using a whisk, mix the sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a medium sized bowl until no lumps remain.
  • Blend in the pumpkin, whipping cream, sour cream and eggs.
  • Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until filling has puffed at the edges and center is almost set. Let cool completely and then move to an airtight container, mix, and then store in fridge overnight.


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Combine the salt and flour into a large bowl. Stir to combine. Pour in the melted butter and water. Stir to combine, until you get small clumps.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes, until lightly golden brown on top.


  • Place the marshmallows on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Place on the middle rack of the oven, and broil the marshmallows until golden brown on top, about 30-60 seconds. Keep your eye on them!
  • Remove the pan from the oven and gently turn the marshmallows over and broil them again until they are golden brown on the other side.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and powdered sugar and beat on low until blended. Add the vanilla and mix on medium speed for about three minutes
  • With the mixer on low speed, add the marshmallow cream and (cooled) toasted marshmallows, and mix for about one minute.


  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter for about 2 minutes. This will soften the butter without it having to be warm.
  • With the mixer on low speed, gradually add the sifted powdered sugar, one cup at a time, mixing a little in between each addition.
  • With mixer on medium speed, add whipping cream, vanilla and salt.
  • Turn the mixer to medium-high speed and beat for an additional 5 to 7 minutes. The frosting will become lighter in color and texture.
  • Before spreading on your cake, spend a couple minutes mixing the buttercream by hand with a wooden spoon to push out the air pockets.


  • Slice each cake layer in half horizontally, so you have six cake layers.
  • Place the first layer on your cake board, cut side up (so bottom of the cake layer is touching the board), and spread about 3/4 cup of the pumpkin pie filling on top, followed by about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of shortbread crumbs. Gently pat the crumbs into the filling with your hands to set them in place.
  • Place the next cake layer on top and cover with about 3/4 cup marshmallow filling.
  • Repeat step 2 and 3 until you get to your final cake layer. Place the final cake layer, top side down, on top of the final layer of pumpkin pie filling and shortbread crumbs.
  • Cover the cake with a thin layer of frosting and chill for 10 to 15 minutes in the freezer. This crumb coat will set the crumbs in place.
  • Frost the cake with the remaining buttercream.
Keyword Pumpkin Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Pie Cake
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Courtney Rich

I’m a self-taught baker, obsessed with cake.

I long ago ditched box mixes in pursuit of melt-in-your-mouth, to-die-for flavor combinations, fillings and textures. I believe cake must be decadent, life-changing and worthy of celebration! And I believe anyone should be able to bake that kind of cake – and I’m here to teach you just that!

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  1. 5 stars
    I CAN NOT wait to make this recipe, Courtney! It sounds amazing! Adding it to my line up for my next family dinner! Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Hi Courtney!

    When I found this recipe I was SO excited because I’ve never seen anything like it! I am in the process of making it right now for a “Friendsgiving” tomorrow. I just wanted to confirm that after making the pumpkin pie filling, you mix it in an air tight container and store in in the fridge overnight? Also, would you recommend wrapping the cake layers in plastic wrap and placing them in the fridge overnight until I assemble the layers tomorrow? Thanks so much! Can’t wait to try it when its done!!


  3. I need to know the rest of the instructions for putting this cake together. After number 6 cannot read. I have been on my tablet, iPhone and computer-no luck. Will not show the rest of instructions.
    Also, do you add orange gel to make buttercream frosting? Do not see mention of that in frosting instructions. Please get back to me. Thank you!!

    1. I’m not sure what’s going on there. I will figure it out but there’s actually nothing past 6 – just finish frosting the cake. I did add a little orange to my buttercream.


    1. Yes, after it bakes in the pan, let it cool a bit and then you’ll want to chill it before you spread it in the cake. If you see my video, you’ll notice it’s easy to spread like a pudding (but more stable).

  5. I was wondering why the frosting looks like you added coloring to it? Is this vanilla buttercream? And this cake looks amazing BTW

  6. I’m in the process of making this cake right now, and every has smelled (and tasted) delicious so far. One quick note, though, I did not have enough cake batter to make 3 thick 8 inch layers. I was able to make two 1″ inch thick layers and one 1/2″ thick layer. I’m hoping my one inch layer will cut through okay despite not being super thick! I followed the directions to a tee, so not totally sure why I didn’t yield enough. Still exciting about putting this thing together in the next couple of days!!

    1. Hmm, that’s so strange. My pumpkin cake layers usually rise a bit above 1″. Sorry that wasn’t the case for you. Is your baking powder fresh?

  7. Courtney, could this cake be assembled in its entirety days in advanced and then frozen? I wondered if the freezing might alter the consistency of the marshmallow filling and/or the pie filling. Thanks in advance. I’m stoked to make this cake.

    1. Actually, no, it won’t affect the texture and flavor. I have done it with this cake already and it’s great. I recommend freezing it for an hour initially and then wrapping it entirely in plastic wrap (tightly too). The night before you want to serve it, put it in the fridge and then room temp the next day.

  8. I am committed to making this for Thanksgiving dinner. I know my family will love it! However, I have not been able to find pumpkin purée. Is it possible to make it myself out of canned pumpkin? Also, I need to make a bit smaller cake. Would you recommend making half of the recipe to get a smaller cake? If not, any other recommendations?

  9. I am going to attempt this for thanksgiving! But I’m scared of doing the 6 layers. The 3 layers are fairly delicate but going even thinner scares me. Any tips on preventing the cake from falling apart when trying to assemble?

    1. Ok, so what I do, is divide my layers but keep them stacked and wrap them to freeze them so they are more firm to move around and stack the cake with. I also use a cake leveler to level the cakes and then a cake lifter (which is like a giant spatula) to move them as I stack the cake. Hopefully that makes sense.

  10. 2 stars
    i have made a few cake by courtney recipes and they have all been amazing! this recipe was pretty disappointing though. i made it ON thanksgiving (it took 3+ hours) and the cake was just fine. i would have been happy to bake for that long (while my family was all waiting…) if the cake was incredible, but the only adjective that came to mind when i took a first bite was that it was “fine.” two stars because the toasted marshmallow frosting was really yummy contrasted with the rich and spicy pumpkin flavors, but there just wasn’t enough of it when assembled according to instructions to redeem this cake. if you looooove pumpkin (and i list myself in that category), it might be worth a shot, but be aware that you will be baking for a very long time.

    1. Hi Dani, I’m so sorry you were unhappy with the cake. It’s gotten so many good reviews and is one of my personal favorites! Yes, this cake does take some time to make. I do include that time in the instructions and if you’re following me on instagram and my blog, you’ll see that I often suggest making cake layers and certain fillings ahead of time so there’s not too much stress the day of assembly. I’m glad to hear you’ve enjoyed some of my other cakes and I hope you’ll continue to try many more. xx-Courtney

  11. Courtney I just came across this wonderful looking cake, read the recipe….and was hooked !!! I will be making this for our prayer meeting this Friday night…. I’m sure this will be a keeper !!! Thanks for sharing !!!!

  12. I’m so excited to make this cake for thanksgiving! Your website and Instagram have been such a help as I’m starting to bake cakes. A couple questions: 1) in the video I see that you pipe around the edges on some layers-is that with the buttercream frosting? If so, Will there be enough frosting to do that, and to frost the whole cake? 2) should I add sugar to the shortbread crumbs, or should I leave the sugar out of it? Thank you so much!

  13. Hi,
    Thank you for this recipe. It sounds amazing. I am assuming I should store the pumpkin pie filling in the refrigerator over night? Can you please clarify this for me? Thanks so much!

  14. Hey Courtney,
    I’m making this cake for my son’s farm birthday and I’m excited to see how it turns out. I was just wondering if I make the marshmallow filling the day before I assemble the cake is it better to store it At room temperature or in the fridge? Will it mix back up okay if it’s made in advanced?

  15. 5 stars
    I made this from start to finish yesterday and didn’t read through beforehand (which is always a mistake) and didn’t realize I needed to have time to cool the pumpkin pie filling! I made it, cooled it a bit and then stuck it in the freezer for a few hours. This was such a hit. Everyone loved it and I think it was in one of the top cakes I’ve made from Courtney. I especially love the short bread crunch inside!

  16. The baking powder says 1.5 TABLESPOONS, but only 6 grams, which is more like 1.5 teaspoons. I didn’t notice this until after I put in at least one tablespoon and saw the scale say 15!

  17. 5 stars
    This recipe was amazing. Do you think I can make a filling used in this cake for the sweet potato cake?

  18. Very excited to try this cake for my pumpkin pie loving husband’s birthday! Quick question – does this cake freeze well?

  19. Hello!!! I haven’t made this cake but I do plan to next week!!! I’m going out of town next weekend and I would like to bake this cake here in my hometown, and bring with me to my travels to see family, I’m driving. Do you have any suggestions on prepping this cake? I would like to make all the fillings and buttercream first, then package them separately, bake my cake layers, freeze and wrap individually, and take all of that with me on my travels, this way I can assemble it for my family when I get to my arrival. Should I freeze the buttercream separately? Or keep it cold? Room temp? What do you think? Hope to hear back from you😁. Thank you for your time😉

      1. Thank you for responding to me! Can I put the pie filling, shortbread crumbs and marshmallow filling in the fridge too?

  20. 5 stars
    Fr the cake recipe it says “Add the pumpkin filling and mix until combined, about another 30 seconds.” when I think it means “Add the pumpkin puree and mix until combined, about another 30 seconds.”

  21. 5 stars
    This cake was beyond fabulous. The only change I made was the frosting because Thanksgiving Day it was over 80 degrees here and I didn’t think the buttercream would hold up traveling to our friend’s house. I made divinity frosting instead. This cake as just the right amount of sweet but not sickeningly so. The crumbs.. yum. Each of the components are wonderful individually but together, a masterpiece. My husband has already asked me to make it again. Looking at your other posts to find one for Christmas. ❤️

  22. Hi! I can’t wait to help my daughter (who is 12 and has aspirations to be a baker) make this for Thanksgiving! I do have a question, in the ingredients for the pumpkin pie filling you state whipping cream. Is that heavy whipping cream or a whipped cream (like Cool Whip)? Thank you so much!!!

  23. I made a lot of pumpkin jam recently. Do you think I could use it in the cake and reduce the sugar? I’d like to make it for Thanksgiving.

  24. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! You have done it again! This pumpkin pie cake is sooo delicious and moist, and that buttercream is just as amazing! I actually subbed the Gluten Free Flour 1:1 for the wheat as I’m gluten free and it tasted on point, and was fluffy as the original recipe! Thank you so much! This is my go to when family and friends want a cake that tastes like the pie 😀

  25. I ran out of time to make the pumpkin pie filling last night and was re-reading the instructions this morning and Barely noticed that you say to refrigerate overnight……… How can I speed up that process. I was planning on assembling everything tonight after work, but now I’m not sure how to go about. Could I speed it up by putting the filling in the freezer to set????
    Any help would be much appreciated.