Pumpkin Pie Cake with Spiced White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

October 13, 2019 |

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  • Frostings

It's that time of year again! #Choctoberfest kicks off today and I've whipped up a deliciously tasty Pumpkin Pie Cake with Spiced White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting! Certainly, the Fall baking season requires a creamy cake and it sure is timely if you're a Pumpkin fan like we are.

Pumpkin Pie Cake with White Chocolate Frosting

This post is sponsored by Imperial Sugar. I have received sample products for writing this post as a #Choctoberfest participant. All opinions and images are my very own.

Choctoberfest

#Choctoberfest

If you're unfamiliar with what #Choctoberfest is about, it's an annual recipe sharing event. I've joined other food bloggers from around the world to create delicious chocolate recipes! This year, we have over 70 bloggers that have joined together to bring our readers a week full of chocolate cakes, pies, cookies, puddings, tarts, candies and more! You're welcome to follow along by searching the hashtag #Choctoberfest on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. Or, simply follow any of the participating bloggers listed below.**

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Pumpkin Pie Cake with White Chocolate Frosting

Imperial Sugar

Imperial Sugar is one of our #choctoberfest sponsors this year. I love the quality of their sugar…it's actually my "go to" brand for all of the different sugar types I use! They're currently having their Annual Scary Scramble Contest which is an online contest where players have to guess recipes based on clues! There will be a prize at the end of the event that includes Wilton Cookie Decorating items along with some, you guessed it, Imperial Sugar!!

Making the Cake

This Pumpkin Pie Cake recipe is fairly easy despite the several steps required, but I promise it's o worth the effort you'll put into it! Get the cake into the oven baking. After that, prepare the crust topping, which consists of crushed graham crackers, Imperial Sugar and pumpkin pie spice. It adds a little crunch and gives the cake an added "pie crust" taste and feel, which is perfect for getting that pie effect!

Spiced White Chocolate

When the cake is done baking, remove pans from the oven. Then, place the baking sheet with the topping into the oven while it's still hot and set it to broil. Toast in 10 second intervals, until they've reached their toasty level. Most importantly, you shouldn't walk away from your oven while doing this step. If you do, they will certainly burn to a crisp! Not that I speak from experience on the matter (tee-hee). Once it's ready, remove from oven and let it cool.

Pumpkin Pie Cake with White Chocolate Frosting

White Chocolate Frosting

Flavorings

To boost the Pumpkin Pie flavor in this recipe, I went all out. In the cake batter, not only did I use pumpkin puree, but I also used the ground spice along with the flavored coffee creamer. And…WOW! It tastes just like a real pumpkin pie!!! Plus, I also added the spice into the topping to help pull it all together. That being said, don't skimp out!

Spiced White Chocolate

Ingredients

Pumpkin Pie Cake with Spiced White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting represents everything Fall! Loaded with Pumpkin and warm Fall spices, this delicious cake mimics the traditional pie and dazzles your taste buds!

For the Cake

  • 1 box Spiced Cake Mix
  • 1 tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 cup Flour, All Purpose
  • 3/4 cup Imperial Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 4 Egg Whites
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • 8 oz Sour Cream
  • 1 cup Pureed Pumpkin
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Spice Liquid Coffee Creamer (or water)
  • 1/3 cup Water

For the Crust Topping

  • 5 squares Graham Crackers, crushed
  • 2 tbsp Imperial Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

For the Frosting

  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, ground
  • 3 oz Melted White Chocolate, cooled
  • 4 cups Imperial Powdered Sugar

Instructions

For the Cake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 (F) degrees. Coat two 8" round cake pans with non-stick spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, whisk dry cake mix, flour, sugar, spice and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine egg whites, sour cream, oil, pumpkin puree, vanilla, liquid coffee creamer and water. If water is being used in the place of coffee creamer, you will need a total of 1 1/3 cups for this recipe. Mix on slow speed until ingredients are blended well.
  4. With mixer still on low speed, slowly begin adding dry ingredients. Let mixer run on low speed for 2-3 minutes. Stop and scrape bowl and resume mixing until most lumps are gone.
  5. Divide batter between the two baking pans. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 10 minutes. Remove cakes from pans and transfer to cooling racks.
  6. If cake has a "dome", use a large serrated knife to remove it, making a flat surface to prevent cake from sliding. Do this AFTER the cake has cooled completely and just before assembling it.

For the Topping

  1. While cake is baking, prepare a small baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Crush the graham crackers, leaving small crumbs as it'll give it more texture. Add the spice and sugar. Stir until well combined.
  2. Spread the cracker mixture in a single layer on the parchment lined baking sheet. Set aside.
  3. When the cake is done baking, switch oven to broil and place cracker mixture in the oven to begin toasting. After 10 seconds, remove from the oven and stir with a fork. Spread it back out and return to oven for another 10 seconds. Continue doing this until the crackers have toasted to a dark golden brown color. DO NOT walk away from the oven while doing this step, otherwise the mixture will burn.
  4. Once they've reached their toasty-ness, remove from oven. Let them cool until ready to assemble the cake.

For the Frosting

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whip the cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add butter and continue until combined and uniform in texture.
  2. Add cinnamon and cooled melted chocolate. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Add 2 cups of sugar and mix on low until blended. Stop and scrape bowl. Add remaining 2 cups of sugar and resume mixing. If mixture is too loose, add a little more powdered sugar. If too thick, add a teaspoon of milk.

Assembling the Cake

  1. Place one cake layer on your cake stand or board. Spread about 1 cup of frosting evenly over the top. Using a spoon, add a layer graham cracker topping over the frosting, leaving outer 1/2" area without it.
  2. Take the second cake layer and smear a thin coat of frosting over the top (dome cut off) side. Carefully place the frosted side on top of the first layer, directly on top of the graham topping.
  3. Gently press down and adjust/align to center both layers. Frost the sides of the cake and smooth with an off-set spatula. Spoon a layer of topping all around the bottom base of the cake. With the back of the spoon, carefully push topping upward and press to stick to the icing.
  4. Pour remaining frosting into a piping bag fitted with an open 1M piping tip. Pipe small clusters spaced around the top, outer edge of the cake. Sprinkle some graham cracker topping over the center of the cake. If there is any UNmelted white chocolate available, grated a little over the top as well.
  5. Place cake in the fridge for 20-30 minutes to firm up before serving. Cover and store remaining cake at room temperature.

Make sure you check out the participating bloggers to see #Choctoberfest recipes throughout the week:

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