Easy Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe (Vegan)

The Best Easy Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe creates a tender cake with a creamy spiced frosting. Make this Easy Pumpkin Cake from scratch using simple ingredients for the best vegan cake recipe! This quick and easy Vegan Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting is perfect to serve for all occasions!

Two slices of pumpkin spice cake are on plates with forks beside them.
Vegan pumpkin cake recipes are easy to make!

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cake recipes from scratch are fun to make in the fall or any time of the year. When I set about to test this, I had several criteria for success. For example, I wanted it to be delicious! Obviously! But I also wanted to make this pumpkin spice cake recipe easy!

How to Make Pumpkin Spice Cake from Scratch

Are you wondering how to make a pumpkin cake? Let me tell you this, it’s fun and easy to make pumpkin spice cakes recipes! Let’s begin with the ingredients and steps for this vegan cake recipe.

Step One: Combine Wet Ingredients

In a medium-size bowl combine the water, vinegar, oil, sugar, pumpkin, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Set aside.

Step Two: Combine the Dry Ingredients

In a separate bowl combine the flour, cornstarch, salt, baking soda, and spices. Use a whisk or a fork to whisk the ingredients together.

Step Three: Make the Batter

Pouring pumpkin batter into a bowl with flour.

Create a well in the middle of the flour mixture and pour the pumpkin mixture into the well. Use a spatula to get all the pumpkin mixture out of the bowl.

Then stir the pumpkin mixture in with the flour mixture. I like to use a whisk to stir everything together and break up any flour bits. Stir until combined.

Here’s where you can stir in some add-ins, like chopped pecans or chocolate chips.

Step Four: Pour and Bake

Pour the batter into a prepared 9X13 inch cake pan and bake for 35 – 40 minutes, until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cake batter is being poured into a white rectangle cake pan.

When the cake is done, remove from the oven and allow it to cool completely before frosting.

Step Five: Frost and Serve

This spiced pumpkin cake is delicious without frosting, but if you’d like to make pumpkin spice cake icing, I highly recommend serving this pumpkin spice cake recipe with my vegan cream cheese frosting. Be sure to frost the top of the vegan spice cake only after it’s completely cooled.

A close-up of a slice of cake with a fork holding one bite in front of the cake.
This eggless pumpkin cake is topped with a vegan cream cheese frosting.

Alternatively, a delicious Vegan Vanilla Buttercream Frosting would be delicious on this cake as well.

The Best Homemade Pumpkin Cake

Imagine this is a spice cake and pumpkin has been added for extra flavor. The fall flavors in easy pumpkin cake recipe with canned pumpkin are amazing! Cinnamon. Ginger. Nutmeg. Cloves. And Pumpkin. Oh how I love the pumpkin!

This moist Pumpkin Cake recipe is bursting with beta carotene (thanks to the pumpkin) and even a healthy dose of fiber thanks to the chickpeas. Yeah, that’s right. I put chickpeas in my vegan cake. It’s kind of kooky, but then again, that’s me!

I have a feeling lots of people love the flavor of pumpkin – that’s why it’s so popular the second the leaves start to turn colors. Pumpkin cake recipes from scratch are the best!

Marly’s Tips

Use these expert tips to make this homemade pumpkin spice cake perfect every time:

  • This spiced cake and pumpkin recipe calls for a can of regular chickpeas (not the low sodium variety)
  • I use Earth Balance for vegan butter
  • When using pumpkin puree, be sure to use plain pumpkin
  • Feel free to mix up the spices to your taste preferences, or use pumpkin pie spice instead of the ones listed below
  • This makes for lovely pumpkin birthday cakes by baking it as a layer cake. Pour pumpkin cake batter into two round cake pans (bake for 25 – 30 minutes) and add frosting in between the layers and on the top layer
  • Make a vegan gluten free pumpkin cake by substituting a 1:1 gluten free baking flour.
  • Create a Pumpkin Spice Birthday Cake by adding candles or baking it as a layer cake!

All you need is a recipe for spice cake and a can of pumpkin to make this delicious cake all year round!

Love Vegan Pumpkin Recipes?

If you love pumpkin recipes, these tasty treats will be right up your alley:

Two slices of pumpkin cake , one in front of the other, with forks beside each slice.
A dairy free pumpkin cake is moist and tender thanks to canned pumpkin.

I hope you love Easy Pumpkin Cake Recipes as much as we do! That’s why I was more than thrilled to open up my first can of pumpkin and get out the spices…and go to town in the kitchen.

I call it my “rain dance” for fall. The only difference is fall comes whether I dance for it or not. But I don’t care. The dance is part of the deal and I’ll continue to play my part. Care to join me?

A single slice of vegan pumpkin cake on a plate with a fork beside it.

That’s it for this ultimate pumpkin spice love cake!

I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

A single slice of vegan pumpkin cake on a plate with a fork beside it.

Pumpkin Spice Cake

You can make this Pumpkin Spice Cake and serve it as a delicious and healthy cake (made with a secret healthy ingredient) in less than an hour!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pumpkin Spice Cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 280kcal
Author: Namely Marly


  • 2 cups water (I used almond milk)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour (See note)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice
  • Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting


  • Heat oven to 350*F. Spray a 9 X 13 baking pan with vegetable spray
  • In a medium-size bowl combine the water, vinegar, oil, sugar, pumpkin, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl stir together the flour, cornstarch, salt, baking soda, and spices. Whisk until well combined. Create a well in the middle of the flour ingredients.
  • Pour the pumpkin mixture into the bowl with the flour mixture. Use a whisk to stir until well-combined.
  • Pour the batter into prepared cake pan and bake for about 35 – 40 minutes. Insert a tester in the center. If it comes out clean or mostly clean (with only a few crumbs), the cake is done. If not, return it to the oven and bake for another 5 minutes or so.
  • When the cake is done, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool completely before adding the Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting.


For flour, you can use whole wheat pastry flour, gluten-free baking flour, or all purpose flour.
Nutritional estimate is based on the cake without the cream cheese frosting.
Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Spice Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 280 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Sodium 305mg13%
Potassium 66mg2%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 2542IU51%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 14mg1%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

A close-up of a slice of vegan pumpkin spice cake sitting on a doily.
This Spice Cake with Pumpkin is topped with a Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting.

My favorite part of this recipe? Taking the time to enjoy each bite! You should consider biting into some other fall recipes like these:

A photo shows two slices of cake and the text below it reads, best vegan pumpkin cake.

Whatever vegan pumpkin desserts you’re making and munching on, enjoy!

Also, I created a quote graphic with one of the original photos from this post. Here you go.

Two birds on a landing next to the ocean. The text on he photo reads: Birds have wings, souls have dreams.

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8 Responses to Easy Pumpkin Spice Cake Recipe (Vegan)

  1. Living in the prairies, I really miss the ocean at times, but I do adore watching the leaves change colours during Fall.
    That pumpkin cake looks so perfect, light and fluffy with just the right amount of icing, yum!

  2. I just want to tell you that I made your scrambled tofu for lunch and it was delicious! I never made it with the starch/soy milk slurry, and that made the texture so much better. A little hot sauce on the finished product and some daiya cheddar shreds, and I was good to go. Thanks! Can’t wait to browse through the rest of your blog!

    • Wow, Pam, Thanks so much for your kind comments. So Glad you liked the scrambled tofu. I love that recipe too. It’s a perfect breakfast to get the day started on the right foot!


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