Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

1 pkg. spice cake mix ($.49)
1 C. water (free)
3 eggs ($.35)
16 oz. can pumpkin (not pumpkin puree) ($.69)
1/3 C. unsweetened applesauce ($.15)
1/3 C. chopped walnuts ($.30)

1 pkg. Neufchatel cheese, softened ($.50)
1/3 C. light brown sugar, packed ($.10)
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract ($.05)
1 1/4 C. Cool Whip Lite ($.10)
1/2 tsp. nutmeg (for garnish) ($.05)

1. Heat oven to 350.

2. Grease a 13x9" glass baking dish (will cook more evenly in glass).

3. In a large mixing bowl, beat spice cake mix with water, pumpkin, egg, and applesauce.

4. Stir in nuts. Pour into prepared pan.

5. Bake at 350 for 30-34 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in cetner of the cake comes out clean. Cool completely.

1. Beat Neufchatel with brown sugar, mix in 1/2 tsp. extract, if desired. Fold in whipped topping.

2. Spread frosting evenly over cake. Dust with nutmeg, if desired.

Yields: 16 servings
Cost: $2.78
Cost per serving: $.17


  1. Love, love, love pumpkin! It's my favorite fall ingredient, thanks for giving me a new way to use it!

  2. Can't wait to make this - my kids love pumpkin.

  3. Simply SassyNovember 27, 2011

    I'm the only pumpkin lover so for Thanksgiving I made this instead of pumpkin pie and the whole family loved it! Thanks for sharing this recipe - worked out so well and the cake is unbelievably moist.