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Easy Pumpkin Traybake

Easy Pumpkin Traybake

Easy sponge with pumpkin puree and spices, topped with cream cheese frosting
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 476kcal
Author thebakingexplorer


For the sponge

  • 225 g Light brown soft sugar
  • 125 ml Vegetable oil
  • 3 Eggs large
  • 200 g Pumpkin puree
  • 275 g Self raising flour
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp Mixed spice
  • ¼ tsp Ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg

For the frosting

  • 160 g Full fat cream cheese
  • 120 g Butter or baking spread
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 280 g Icing sugar
  • Sprinkles of your choice optional


  • Pre-heat your oven to 160C Fan/180C/350F/Gas Mark 4, grease and line a 12" x 9" traybake tin
  • To make the sponge, mix together the oil and light brown sugar until smooth
  • Then whisk in the eggs and pumpkin puree
  • Then whisk in the self raising flour, cinnamon, mixed spice, ginger and nutmeg
  • Pour the mixture into the tin and bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Leave to cool fully
  • To make the cream cheese frosting use an electric hand whisk to mix together the butter and icing sugar, when they start to come together, add the cream cheese and vanilla extract and mix until smooth
  • Spread the frosting on top of the sponge, then add sprinkles of your choice
  • To serve, slice into squares. Store any leftovers in the fridge and eat within 3 days


If you can't get hold of pumpkin puree you could also use grated raw pumpkin, or butternut squash would work too. You can also roast or steam the pumpkin, then puree it and let it cool completely before adding to the mix.
Mixed spice is a British spice blend containing Cinnamon, Coriander Seed, Nutmeg, Clove, Pimento, Ginger.
If you live in a place where pumpkin pie spice mix is easily available, then you can use 3 tsp of that instead of the mix of spices I've listed in the recipe.


Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 61g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 137mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 3084IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg