Magic Pumpkin Cake

This delicious 3-layer magic cake is our new favorite pumpkin recipe! A creamy pumpkin puree layer, a layer of yellow cake, and lastly a white chocolate pumpkin spice frosting topped with white chocolate shavings!! See for yourself why this Magic Pumpkin Cake is so magical!

3 layer magic cake

What is Magic Cake?

Hola!! It’s me, Lily!! Do you know that yesterday was my brother’s birthday?! On Friday, we went to Chuck E Cheese. And yesterday, we made cake and watched a movie together. We watched Toy Story. It was really fun! Today’s recipe is Magic Pumpkin Cake. YUMMMMMY!! Even though I don’t love pumpkin, I reallllly liked this recipe (that we got from I Wash, You Dry). It has three delicious layers – a pumpkin layer, a fluffy cake layer, and pumpkin spice frosting layer.

This cake is called “magic cake” because the pumpkin layer sinks to the bottom while it’s baking. It’s really cool – kind of like a science experiment. My mom says it has something to do with the cake batter being really liquid-y, and the pumpkin layer being heavier and more dense. You also bake it in the oven for a really long time compared to other cakes, and while it’s baking for so long, the pumpkin layer starts to sink down to the bottom. Neat, huh? Just like magic! If you like Pumpkin, you’ll love this recipe!

Magic Cake Recipe

The pumpkin will sink to the bottom – it’s MAGIC!!

How to make Pumpkin Magic Cake:

Start out by preparing the yellow cake mix as the instructions say to on the box. Pour the cake batter into a greased 9×13 pan and set aside. Then, make the pumpkin layer by mixing the pumpkin, evaporated milk, cream, eggs, and brown sugar in a medium bowl until it’s smooth. Pour all over the cake mix in the 9×13 pan. Bake for about an hour until it doesn’t jiggle in the middle.

While the cake is cooling, make the frosting by whisking together the white chocolate pudding mix, pumpkin pie spice, and milk until smooth. Then, fold in the Cool Whip and mix well. Spread the frosting over the cooled cake and top with white chocolate curls if you like! Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Pumpkin Magic Cake

Be prepared for lots of Pumpkin and Halloween treats because we’re going to be making lots of them!! I hope you can come back again soon for more yummy treats from me.

Love, Lily

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Pumpkin Magic Cake Recipe

5 from 14 votes

This delicious 3-layer magic cake is our new favorite pumpkin recipe! A creamy pumpkin puree layer, a layer of yellow cake, and lastly a white chocolate pumpkin spice frosting topped with white chocolate shavings!! See for yourself why this Magic Pumpkin Cake is so magical!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 357 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 box yellow cake mix PLUS ingredients needed to make - eggs, water, oil
  • 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 c evaporated milk
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c brown sugar

Frosting

  • 1 box white chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 c cold milk
  • 1 c cool whip
  • white chocolate curls

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Prepare cake as instructed on package and pour into a greased 9x13 pan. Set aside.

  3. In a medium bowl add pumpkin, evaporated milk, cream, eggs, and brown sugar and whisk until smooth. Pour all over the cake mix in the 9x13 pan.

  4. Bake for an hour (or until it not longer jiggles in the middle).

  5. Let cool and make frosting by whisking together the white chocolate pudding mix, pumpkin pie spice and milk until smooth.

  6. Fold in Cool Whip and mix well.

  7. Spread over cooled cake and top with white chocolate curls.

  8. Refrigerate until ready to serve. ENJOY!

Recipe adapted from I Wash You Dry

ENJOY!!

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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. I am a little confused. So you use 3 eggs according to the yellow cake mix. Then you list the ingredients and say 3 eggs. Is that an additional 3 eggs, that we are supposed to use? Thank you in advance for your response.

  2. I’m wondering if I could put the pumpkin layer in the pan first followed by the cake mixture? To get a better layered look rather than marbled. I don’t mind if there’s no magical sinking. 🙂

  3. Thanks! This is awesome! I made it tonight and it was layered perfectly. To get the layers it takes 6 eggs. Or however many eggs for your cake mix PLUS the three eggs in the recipe. I think a lot of people didn’t understand that.

  4. This cake was fantastic!! Super easy to make too! I actually made it with my class for a Thanksgiving feast and we all loved it! The cake did make it’s magic layers so we were very happy!

  5. The Pumpkin Magic cake is my 8 yo Grandson’s favorite cake of all times. Any time I ask him what kind of cake should we make…………………..Pumpkin Magic!

  6. hi from Australia.
    cake looks great, we don,t have canned pumpkin here, can I cook the pumpkin, let get cold. then use? but what amount, eg ; grams or ounces, please

    1. Thank you Beverly!! You can definitely make your own pumpkin puree. You’d need like 1 3/4 c to 2 cups (15ounces). I’d love to know what you think!! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. I just use a grater. One used for grating carrots or potatoes and use it on a white chocolate bar. I like to use the side of the bar and stoke down. Hope that helps!

  7. I made this cake today and I used a 4 serving pudding mix and followed your instructions and the frosting was like soup. Was I supposed to make the pudding, let set and then add the cool whip? Thanks!

  8. I made this recipe but tweaked it slightly by using a spice cake mix. I didn’t get the obvious layers but that’s because I don’t make boxed cake mixes following the exact instructions. I add an extra egg, substitute mild for the water and instead of oil, I use melted butter, doubling the amount. I love the result! Also, I opted to frost it with a pumpkin spice buttercream frosting and garnish with chopped pecans. This was a really great dessert, a huge hit!! Thank you for sharing!!

  9. Does this cake need to be refrigerated? I made two 8×8″ cakes and will be serving them two days in a row to two different groups. So I need to store one for two days.

      1. I’d love to know how it tastes, so we can pass that along! Thanks. And, yes, it needs to be refrigerated, if you aren’t serving right away. Thanks for stopping by!

    1. I’m sure you could, though I haven’t tried that. You could follow the instructions on the box for two rounds, then I guess make the layers and split in two to pour over. You’d have to decide how to layer your two rounds. Let me know how it comes out!! Have fun! Thanks so much!

  10. The recipe calls for a cup of cool whip. Did you measure out a cup or did you use the whole 8 oz (technically 1 cup by weight) container? Also, would it hurt to put the pumpkin mixture in the pan first to ensure it layers right? I want defined layers for my pumpkin loving fiance’.

    1. I just used the container. If it’s 12 oz, I just used most of it. And, also it goes in layered, so it will be in layers, if you follow the instructions. Hope that helps!! Enjoy!!

      1. OMG!!!!! It turned out AMAZING!!!!! My layers are fantastic and super defined. You are awesome and this cake is definitely going to be made a gazillion times! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

          1. You are most welcome and to anyone making this cake, trust the process. The pumpkin layer will sink if you follow the instructions to the letter. It will look marbled on the top but when you cut it you will see the magic.

  11. I couldn’t find white chocolate instant pudding mix. The only flavor I could find was vanilla. Do you think it’all be ok?

  12. I made this for Thanksgiving and EVERYONE loved it! My husband begged me to make another. So guess what I’m doing tonight?! 😉 Thank you for the fabulous recipe!

  13. I made this tonight and it turned out well. My pumpkin was actually in the middle instead of the bottom but I liked it that way actually. I used vanilla because my husband doesn’t like white choclate (so strange I know). I will make again for sure!

  14. Can this be frozen to thaw and serve later? How long does it stay if refrigerated? It looks delicious and can’t wait to try it!

  15. would it be ok to add some pumpkin pie spice to the pureed pumpkin ? It really doesn’t taste like much if that’s not in it. and if so, how much?

    1. You could. I add it in the frosting, but not the cake part. I wouldn’t know how much exactly, since I haven’t tested it out. I would start with a small amount. Maybe a few tablespoons?

  16. hello, I tried your pumpkin magic cake and got great reviews from my testers (guinea pigs-lol) it was divine, hopefully for thanksgiving I will make it again. will always keep this recipe. I didn’t know how to make the curls on top so I didn’t add it. I wasn’t going to add the white chocolate because I couldn’t find it, but I did find it ( so hard to locate) and I am so glad I did add it. it just gave the cake and added texture. this cake is so delicious

    1. I am so happy to hear that!! I am glad you found the white chocolate!! I just get a peeler (one I would peel carrots, etc) & use it on the chocolate, to make the curls. Thank you for sharing with me!

  17. How will the cake come out in layers like that with the yellow Cake in the middle if you put the pumpkin mixture on top of the cake? Do you put the cake then pumpkin mixture or the other way in so confused..

  18. I made this recipe last night. It was heavenly! My whole family loved it! Thank you so much for sharing! Anyone that makes this will not be disappointed! Its very moIst and light!

  19. something dosnt make sence, it looks like the pumpkin is the only thing on the bottom, it dosn’t look marbled how do you get it to look like the pic?

  20. I just made this for the first time (havent tasted it yet) and My PumPkin layer didnt sink to the bottom. Could this be becaused i used a gLuten free cake mix? I’m disappoiNted that it doesnt Look like it was supposed to, but i Imagine it should taste about the same. The layers are just in a different order.