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This Easy Pumpkin Snack Cake is a great cake made with cake mix. I’m showing you how to make a sugar-free pumpkin cake or a regular sweetened one. Either way, this easy snack cake is moist and full of pumpkin flavor. 

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Table of Contents
  1. EASY Pumpkin Snack Cake Recipe
  2. Ingredients
  3. How to Make Sugar-Free Pumpkin Snack Cake
  4. Can I Use Regular Cake Mix?
  5. How to Serve It
  6. Tips
  7. More Snack Cakes You’ll Enjoy
  8. Sugar-Free Pumpkin Snack Cake Recipe

One thing I enjoy doing is coming up with sugar-free desserts for family who can’t have sugar, and I often get notes from readers asking for sugar-free desserts. So today, we have this sugar-free pumpkin cake!

It’s a snack cake that’s perfect with an afternoon cup of coffee or tea, but it can totally double as dessert. It’s all about fall, too, with the pumpkin and pumpkin spices! 

EASY Pumpkin Snack Cake Recipe

  • This is a pumpkin cake with cake mix which means it’s very easy to make!
  • What makes it so good is the cinnamon butter swirled into the top of the batter before the cake goes in the oven.
  • It’s also super moist and tender – the perfect snack cake!
  • I don’t add a topping for this cake, but I’m sharing some ideas if you want to dress it up.
  • You can also make this a regular cake and use a regular cake mix.

Ingredients

Cake Mix: Use Sugar-Free Cake Mix for sugar free cake or regular cake mix for regular cake. Pillsbury has a sugar free cake mix that I love.

Pumpkin Puree: Be sure to use canned pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie mix

Oil: Vegetable oil works best, or you can substitute melted butter.

Eggs: Be sure to buy large eggs.

Pumpkin Pie Spice: Make my homemade pumpkin spice if you don’t have it.

Melted Butter: This is for the topping.

Cinnamon: Adds so much flavor to the top of the cake.

How to Make Sugar-Free Pumpkin Snack Cake

  1. Oven Prep: Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9×13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Mix Cake Batter: In a large bowl, combine the sugar-free cake mix, pumpkin puree, oil, eggs, and pumpkin pie spice. Mix it with a hand mixer for about 2 minutes. 
  3. Reserve some batter: Scoop out a ½ cup of the batter and set it aside. Pour the rest of the batter into the prepared 9×13” pan.
  4. Make the Swirl: Place the ½ cup of batter back in the bowl, and stir in the melted butter and cinnamon. Drop dollops of the cinnamon batter mixture over the batter in the pan. Use a spoon to swirl the topping into the batter.
  5. Bake: Bake the cake for 23 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool the cake completely before slicing and serving.
Close up shot of easy pumpkin snack cake with one bite missing

Can I Use Regular Cake Mix?

Yes, you can use regular cake mix to make this cake. All of the instructions are the same!

How to Serve It

You can serve this cake plain – it’s delicious! But, if you want to dress it up with a topping, here are few ideas:

  • For a sugar-free cake: Dust the cooled cake with sugar-free powdered sugar or top it with sugar-free Cool Whip or unsweetened whipped cream.
  • For a regular cake: It’s excellent with powdered sugar, or try a whipped topping or whipped cream frosting that you like.
Overhead view of corner slice of pumpkin snack cake on a plate with a fork

Tips

  • For the sugar-free cake, I’ve only tested this recipe with a Pillsbury sugar-free mix. It has a great flavor.
  • You can freeze this cake once it’s thoroughly cooled. Freeze it whole to slice later, or slice and freeze the individual pieces.
  • The cooled cake will keep in an airtight container for two to three days at room temperature. Or, store it in the refrigerator for up to a week. Whether you make this pumpkin cake with sugar-free cake mix or regular cake mix, I know you’re going to love it. Both versions are so good – soft and moist and full of fall spices. It’s the best snack cake for fall!

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Sugar-Free Pumpkin Snack Cake

5 from 1 vote
Easy Pumpkin Cake with cake mix! Make pumpkin snack cake regular or make a sugar free pumpkin cake – no frosting needed!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 12 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 sugar-free cake mix (I recommend Pillsbury)
  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • cup (79ml) vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ cup (57g) unsalted butter , melted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9×13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Mix cake mix, pumpkin, oil, eggs, and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl with a hand mixer until well incorporated, about 2 minutes. Reserve 1/2 cup of batter and place the rest into the prepared pan.
  • Place reserved batter back into your bowl, and and add the melted butter and cinnamon. Stir to combine.
  • Place dollops of the cinnamon batter mixture over the cake and swirl with the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Bake for 23-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.

Recipe Nutrition

Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 178IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword cake, cake mix, pumpkin, sugar free
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This Easy Pumpkin Cake is a great snack cake made with cake mix. It’s a snack cake that’s perfect with an afternoon cup of coffee or tea, but it can totally double as dessert.

Last Updated on September 10, 2021

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  1. I googled “sugar free cake mix pumpkin cake” and found your recipe.  My 91 year old Dad is diabetic and loves to have SF treats.  I’m always looking for special things to bake for him, and this is perfect for our family Thanksgiving dinner.  I just baked them in four smaller rounds (pretty baker disposables), and the house smells deeeelicious!  Thank you for sharing your easy recipe!  They will look beautiful at the dessert table, and Dad will have love having one all to himself.

  2. So this is getting made today! Have to go to the store anyways for other stuff. I have gestational diabetes right now and it’s hard. I just want a donut or pizza or cake. But this looks like something I could have and it will also taste good. YEAH! Thanks so much for the recipe. I love pumpkin anything so this will be good.

  3. My Grandpa is diabetic, so I always try to make a sugar-free dessert for the holidays. Last year, I made this healthy apple cake I found online. It tasted good, but it would have worked better for a brunch than a dessert. (My family is very Southern and likes their desserts sweet, not healthy.) This recipe was a huge hit!!! Thanks! You should post more sugar-free desserts so I can wow my family again at Christmas! Thanks!

  4. I’ll be making this for Easter. My daughter and I are on Medifast so no sugar and a friend is a new diabetic. Looks great. Can’t go wrong with pumpkin. Who knew there was a sugar free cake mix?

    1. I LOVE that cake mix Sheri! They have brownie mix too. I make cookies, cakes, and all sorts of treats for my dad with them!

  5. Wow Dorothy I didn’t even know they made sugar free cake mix. This pumpkin snack cake look super moist and delicious. I’ll have to try it too (for the pictures). My Mother-in-law is diabetic and she loves pumpkin. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.
    Michelle

  6. as a type-1 diabetic for 34 years (coma & hospitalization the week before Halloween), i’m always looking for things i can enjoy: so i will definitely be trying this VERY soon, albeit with a few changes of my own that i can already tell need to be made. if they work out, i’ll let you know.

    thanks a bunch!

    1. Yes, please do!! I’m always on the look-out for good sugar-free recipes. I’d love to hear about your changes!