Secret Recipe Club: Pumpkin Spice Cake with Maple Cinnamon Glaze

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It is that time again already! This month I was assigned Veronica’s Cornucopia website.

She has a kitchen addiction and loves to bake almost as much as I do! Not only does she cook, she has posts every Thursday called Thankful Thursdays. There is always something to be thankful for and I am glad to see someone consistently write about it.

When I was going through her recipes I had a hard time choosing what to make. Something I like about Thanksgiving involves pumpkin so I totally decided to make her Wacky Pumpkin Spice Cake. The fabulous thing about it was that the recipe was also vegan too!


I can never get enough of pumpkin so I grabbed my stash of pumpkin puree and made this cake for our church potluck.

Do you have your own stash? 

I know at one point my husband was tired with all my pumpkin baked goods but seeing that I have taken a long break from making anything with this squash, I decided to make this cake.

It started baking and as soon as it was out of the oven and cooled, I had my husband take a whiff of it. He remarked how the house smelled like fall all over again.

This cake smelled delicious. It looks more like a chocolate cake but it calls for one tablespoon of cocoa. I looked up info wondering why this cake would ask for just this amount.

Thanks to my loving hubby since he did such a great job adding the glaze to the cake while I snoozed a little extra. :-)


Joy of Baking describes it like this: When natural cocoa (an acid) is used in recipes calling for baking soda (an alkali), it creates a leavening action that causes the batter to rise when placed in the oven.  Popular brands are Hershey’s, Ghirardelli, and Scharffen Berger.

I learned something new!

You know something else that was delicious? The glaze on this cake. Maple syrup in a glaze is sure delicious and my first time using it.

You should make this and think of November.

Thanks Veronica for posting this delicious recipe!

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Maple-Cinnamon Glaze

by Noelle Kelly
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 60 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert vegan pumpkin

Ingredients (18 slices)

    For the cake

    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 cups coconut palm sugar
    • 1 tablespoon cocoa
    • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin puree
    • 1 ½ cups water
    • ½ cup vegetable oil
    • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

    Maple-Cinnamon Glaze

    • 1 cup powdered sugar
    • ¼ cup real maple syrup
    • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
    • ½ teaspoon pumpkin spices

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10” bundt pan.

    In a large bowl mix together flour, sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, water, oil, vinegar, and vanilla. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry until thoroughly combined. Pour into prepared pan and bake for an hour, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

    Place on a cooling rack and allow the cake to stay in the pan for five minutes, then invert onto cooling rack and allow to cool completely. Once cool, put on a plate, blend the glaze ingredients together and pour over the cake.
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    • Cookaholic Wife

      I love that I’m not the only person with a stash of pumpkin. :) The cake looks great and maple cinnamon glaze sounds delicious!

    • Veronica Miller

      I had fun hunting down who was assigned to me! Wow, an opera singer! This is the first time I’ve run across your blog-so glad to meet you through SRC. Glad you enjoyed the cake!

    • Lesa @Edesias Notebook

      Looks delicious, Noelle! I didn’t know that about cocoa powder and baking soda either. Interesting! Oh, and it’s so sweet how your husband helped you out. Mine knows he isn’t allowed near my culinary creations until after I have taken pictures!

    • Noelle

      @Cookaholic Wife- Yay!! I thought I was crazy, but it is recipes like this that makes me continue to stock up on seasonal items.

      @Veronica-Thanks! So glad we have this cool club.

      @Lesa-Ha ha, I am usually like that but with a baby now, things get a little hectic around here. 😉

    • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef

      what a beautiful cake! i definitely have my own pumpkin stash, glad to meet another pumpkin lover!

    • Danielle

      Great choice! I may be a little biased though because pumpkin is, by far, my favorite flavor! I’m so adding this to my list of things to try. I’m trying to steer our family more and more towards a vegan lifestyle too, so this will be perfect. Thanks for a great post.

    • Danielle

      Oh and I’m your newest follower too (:

    • Dena 40 Fit In The Mitt

      beautiful! just beautiful

    • Deelicious Sweets

      This looks amazing! I love the glaze and the addition of cocoa. Great SRC choice!

    • Amanda

      What a pretty cake! I love the glaze, and yes, i have a stash of pumpkin LOL

    • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

      Love pumpkin! This looks moist and delicious! Great pick for SRC!

    • Jaida

      My co-workers would love this – and I just happen to have a couple of cans of pumpkin in the pantry!

    • Megan’s Cookin’

      Pumpkin is alright with me any time of the year. The cake looks awesome and glaze sounds divine. Great choice!

    • My Inner Chick

      –This must have been a HUuuuGE hit at your church pot luck.

      Looks simply DeLISH!

    • Simply Life

      looks like you picked the perfect recipe to try- this looks SO good!

    • Erica

      That looks ridiculous moist and tasty!! I never get sick of pumpkin. Yes, I hoard it :)

    • Susie

      I love anything pumpkin, and I would love to have that great fall smell again, so comforting!

    • Katie @ This Chick Cooks

      Yum! That cake looks absolutely delicious! I love pumpkin also :)

    • Bizzy B. Bakes

      What glorious flavors. Yummy.

    • Shumaila

      Oh my god that cake looks DELICIOUS! And the glaze on top is “icing on the cake”!

    • Lisa

      Oh glory, you’ve got me wanting to make that cake so bad.

    • Carolyn

      Yep, that might have been my choice for the SRC too. What a gorgeous cake!

    • kitchen ideas

      I have never eaten pumpkin cake, but thanks to this post definitely try.

    • Monica @ TheYummyLife

      Yes, I have a stash of pumpkin, too! I’m always afraid I’ll run out in the fall and end up overstocking. This recipe looks fabulous!

    • Noelle

      Sarah @ The Pajama Chef-yay! Thanks!

      @Danielle-Let me know how it goes. Great to know pumpkin is one of your fav flavors. I hit a spot!

      @Dena 40 Fit In The Mitt-Aww thanks lady!

      @Deelicious Sweets -Thanks!

      @Amanda-Glad to know I am not the only one! Woohoo!

      @Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts-Thanks!

      @Jaida-Hope you like it as much as we did! :-)

      @Megan’s Cookin’-Thanks!

      @My Inner Chick-For sure. they left me 4 pieces!

      @Simply Life –I need to make it again for sure!

      @Erica-Yes, moist is the right word.

      @Susie-Why is pumpkin so comforting. I need to buy a pumpkin candle now.

      @Katie @ This Chick Cooks–Thank you!

      @Bizzy B. Bakes -Thanks!

      @Shumaila-Yes, the glaze made it all!

      @Lisa-I’m such a tease now, right? :-)

      @Carolyn-Thank you!

      @kitchen ideas-Yes, pumpkin cake is so near to my heart. Gotta try it!

      @Monica @ TheYummyLife-Thanks! So glad I am not the only one with a stash! :-)

    • Cheap Ethnic Eatz

      You cake turned out just perfect and stunning. Love the glaze too. Great choice for SRC!

    • Angie {Successful2gether}

      WOW~ that thing is beautiful :) Love it :)

    • Monet

      Thank you for your note the other day. Whenever I visit your blog, I think of my sister :-) And like you, I do have a stash of canned pumpkin :-) Thank you for sharing this delicious cake. I hope you are having a lovely week. Weather is warm in Austin, and we are anticipating crowds for SXSW. Hugs and love.

    • Amber | Bluebonnets and Brownies

      I totally have a stash of pumpkin and use it year round. Great choice!

    • Noelle

      @Cheap Ethnic Eatz -Thanks!

      @Angie {Successful2gether} -Aww thanks a bunch!

      @Monet Have fun in Texas. I miss being around my friends and family. ;-(

      @Amber | Bluebonnets and Brownies -Yay for pumpkin stashes! Glad you stopped by!

    • Mary

      This cake looks delicious! I didn’t realize that the cocoa and soda worked together like that either. Cool!

    • Noelle

      @Mary- I learn something all the time. I wish I could be trained so that I knew this little tidbits all the time. :-)

    • Lisa~~

      Very interesting on the chocolate. I wonder if this cake would work as well if I used GF flour as I think my daughter would love this…as would we all but she’s the one that needs GF & vegan.

      If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry: Broiled Sushi.

      Cook Lisa Cook