Pumpkin Spice Cake with Candied Pecan Topping

I came up with this recipe a few weeks ago when we were under a heat advisory because it felt like it was 115 degrees here. Despite the weather, I was in the mood for fall and was craving something sweet, so I cranked the AC, lit my fall scented candle, and pulled some random ingredients out of the pantry to bake something. I ended up with this pumpkin spice cake and was super happy with the final result. I took the leftovers (the whole cake except for the piece I ate to taste it) to school to share with my fellow teachers the next day and it got lots of thumbs up, so I decided it was good enough to share here. Now that it’s finally starting to feel like fall, I can’t wait to make this again!

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Candied Pecan Topping



  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together cake mix, eggs, oil, and water until well combined.
  2. Whisk pumpkin puree into cake batter a little at a time.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice to the batter and mix well.
  4. Pour cake batter into a greased 9×13 baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes (until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean).
  5. Remove cake from oven and while it is still warm, poke holes in the cake with a fork so the glaze can sink into the cake better.
  6. To make the glaze, mix together the can of sweetened condensed milk and 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice.
  7. Pour glaze over cake while it is still warm and then allow the cake to cool completely.
  8. While cake cools, make the pecan topping.
  9. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and melt 1 tablespoon of butter.
  10. Add the chopped pecans to the melted butter, then add sugar.
  11. Cook until the pecans turn golden brown and the sugar forms a crust on the outside of the pecans.
  12. Spread the candied pecan pieces over the top of the cake.
  13. Serve with Cool Whip or homemade whipped cream (optional).


  • I like to use Duncan Hines cake mixes, because I find that they make the most moist cakes, so I have only tested this recipe with that cake mix brand.
Keywords:Cake, Dessert, Pumpkin Spice, Fall