DIY: Pumpkin Spice Naked Cake

Pumpkin Naked CakeOn this pumpkin season why not create a beautiful naked cake? Normally the typical dessert of this season is the pumpkin pie, however if you want to create something original and beautiful you can try to use the basics of the pumpkin pie recipe and adapt it to the recipe of a standard vanilla “naked cake”.

“Naked cakes” are those that do not have frosting, butter cream or fondant covering theme, you see the inside of the cake and the filling right away. These cakes are now a trend and i have to say that is is much less work for the baker and they look very beautiful and natural.

Well here is the step to step tutorial to create your beautiful naked spice cake, I hope you like it.


1 Box of Vanilla Cake Mix

1 tbsp ginger

1 tbsp nutmeg

1 tbsp cinammon

1/2 tbsp cloves

1 medium size pumpkin

1 cup of powdered sugar


  1. Mix the cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg to create the pumpkin spice. Separately start cooking the pumpkin in boiling water until its soft.

Pumpkins Luxembourg

2. Follow the steps to bake the vanilla cake from the box. Bake the cake and leave it on the mold for 10 minutes to cool off.

Pumpkin Cake

3. Once the vanilla cake is cooled off, cut the cake carefully into 3 horizontal layers.

Cake Cut Layers

4. Once your pumpkin is cooked and soft, place it in the blender to smash it together with the skin. Place the smashed pumpkin in a sieve so take the exiding water away.

Pumpkin smashed

5. Mix together with the pumpkin spices (cinnamon, ginger, cloves and nutmeg).

Pumpkin Spice Mix

6. Add the powdered sugar to the mix to make thicker and perfect to use as a filling..

Pumpkin frosting

7. On each layer of the cake add some of the pumpkin filling, repeat on each layer.

Cake pumpkin

8. Once all the layers have filling, place them on the base of the cake one on top of the other. I used some thin plastic bases and some thick white bases to make the cake look larger.

Pumpkin Cake Base

9. Add the rest of the powdered sugar to decorate the cake and the cake base to cover the imperfections.

40th birthday pumpkin cake

Your cake is ready! Enjoy.

40th birthday pumpkin cake    Pumpkin cake 40th birthday


6 thoughts on “DIY: Pumpkin Spice Naked Cake

  1. The cake sounds delicious.
    Not everyone likes to use a microwave but I’d like to pass on a tip. Place the cut up pumpkin in a microwave safe bowl WITHOUT any liquids, cover and microwave for 2 to 3 minutes on high. Lift lid carefully to avoid steam. Mash with fork. If there are still pieces zap it another minute and mash. No need to drain.


      1. Look forward to reading how you make yours. I’ve had experiment because my recipes all called for canned (tinned) pumpkin and milk. I don’t usually do recipes on my blog but since I am writing about heirlooms I think I can get a recipe snuck in.

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