Easy Pumpkin Cake with Apple Cider Glaze

Pumpkin Cake

Here’s a glazed pumpkin cake recipe that’s really easy to make and tastes like you worked harder than you actually did to make it.

Best of all, it costs less than half of what you might pay for one from the bakery, serves eight to ten people and only takes just 50 minutes to make — 35 of that is oven time.

Glazed Pumpkin Cake


1 box yellow cake mix
1 15 oz. can plain pumpkin puree — not pie mix
2 eggs


⅓ cup apple cider
⅓ cup whole milk
1½ cups confectioner’s sugar
½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, 325 degrees if using a glass pan.
2. Grease a 9 x 13 glass pan or bundt style pan.
3. To prepare the cake batter, combine the cake mix, pumpkin puree, and eggs together. It will come out thick.
4. Spread the batter out in the greased pan.
5. Bake it for about 35 minutes at 325 degrees if baking in a glass pan or 350 degrees in any other pan.

For the Glaze

1. Pour the cider into a pot on the stove and boil it reduce the cider by half, constantly stirring for about five minutes. Watch it carefully as it can burn quickly.
2. Turn off the heat, and when the cider is cooled, add milk, pumpkin pie spice, and confectioner’s sugar. If the glaze is too thick add a little more cider and stir until the right consistency.
3. Set the glaze aside to cool off until it’s ready to use.
4. Pour the glaze on top of the cooled cake and enjoy!

Easy Pumpkin Cake

Readers, please let us know what you think of this recipe by posting in the comments section below. We’d also love to hear any details surrounding your preparation of the cake: what occasion did you choose to make it for, what kind of meal preceded this dessert, and which beverages did you choose to go with it?

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