Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake

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    I went to the eye doctor yesterday and you know the little puff of air they do to test your eye pressure? Oh my gosh, how many of you hate that machine? I literally scream NO when they tell me it’s time for the air puff machine. The anticipation of when that puff of air is going to come out of that machine is what kills me every time. I’m like squinting and scootching back in my chair and blinking fiercely – pretty much doing everything you should not do during this test. And then, the technician is the one sitting behind the machine getting ready to press that button the one second you forget to blink. I bet they think it’s so funny watching you squirm and anticipating that puff of air! Those sneaky people! ;) Just thinking about it freaks me out!

    It makes me wonder why they made me suffer so long with that puff of air when there were EYE DROPS that do the same thing without the puff of air. They put two drops in your eyes (it STINGS but I’ll take stinging any day over that puff of air) and then you wait 2 minutes and then they shine blue lights into your eyes (yes, I’m very technical here) and bam, you’re done. They can figure out your eye pressure from that. No more puff of air. Gah!! Why didn’t they tell me this earlier? I bet they secretly like watching me squirm like a 2 year old :) just kidding

    Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake | tablefortwoblog.com

    Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake | tablefortwoblog.com

    This pumpkin spice sheet cake recipe was given to me by my mother in law. The first time ever had it was at Thanksgiving last year. It was just non-chalantly sitting on the counter and it was getting to be the “omg I’m craving something sweet” hour so I decided that I would have a slice of this cake.

    Um, it was like the most amazing pumpkin sheet cake I’ve ever had. It was literally a melt in my mouth, I wanted to consume the entire pan, kind of cake. I think during the course of our five day visit, I ate about 6 slices. The first night I had it, I went back for seconds and I very rarely go back for seconds for dessert. I loved the cream cheese frosting, too. It wasn’t too powerful but you could definitely taste the subtle cream cheese flavor that pairs so perfectly with this pumpkin spice cake.

    Later, I found out what really made this cake so moist and I was like “woah” so when I made this cake at home, I substituted the vegetable oil for Greek yogurt. The texture is a little different with Greek yogurt. It makes the cake more sponge-like. If you prefer a moister cake that’s softer, I would use the vegetable oil, if you want to go healthier and don’t care much about the texture, I’d use Greek yogurt. Either way this cake is phenomenal so however you make it, it’ll be just amazing!!

    Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake

    Topped of with a creamy cream cheese frosting layer, this pumpkin spice sheet cake can be paired perfectly with your cup of tea or coffee!
    Prep Time: 15 mins
    Cook Time: 30 mins
    Total Time: 45 mins
    Servings (adjustable, but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings): 1
    Calories: 190kcal
    Author: Julie Chiou
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    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 heaping tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt OR 1 cup of vegetable oil
    • 1: 15 oz can of pure pumpkin puree, NOT pumpkin pie filling
    • 4 eggs

    For the frosting:

    • 2 cups powdered sugar
    • 1/3 cup butter, softened
    • 3 oz cream cheese, softened
    • 2-3 tbsp milk
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract


    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line the bottom of a 9x13 inch with parchment paper and grease the sides of the pan. Set aside.
    • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
    • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine Greek yogurt (or vegetable oil) and pumpkin puree. Mix in eggs one at a time, making sure each egg is well incorporated after each addition.
    • Add the flour mixture to the stand mixer in 3 additions, mixing well after each addition.
    • Evenly spread batter into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    • Let cake cool completely before frosting.
    • To make the frosting, combine all the frosting ingredients in a bowl and whisk until all is incorporated. You'll want the frosting to be thick, but not too thick that you can't pour it. If you feel you need more liquid, add additional milk 1 tbsp. at a time.
    • Once cake has completely cooled, pour the frosting all over the top of the cake and spread out evenly with an offset spatula. Let sit for 10-15 minutes to harden then slice to serve.
    • Store cake in an airtight container for up to one week.


    Servings: 24
    Nutrition Facts
    Pumpkin Spice Sheet Cake
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 190 Calories from Fat 45
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 5g8%
    Carbohydrates 34g11%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 25g28%
    Protein 3g6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    *Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate
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  • Tieghan says:

    I have never been to the eye doctor so I have no idea what you are talking about, but it sounds awful! I would never want a puff of air in my eye! Yikes!

    Love this cake. It has such awesome fall flavors!

  • Pam says:

    I didn’t think it was spongy… I did think it was moist and delicious! I’m so lucky I get to try your creations!

  • Aimee @ Simple Bites says:

    I love yogourt in cakes, so you’ve got me sold!

  • Emily says:

    Will this recipe work with nonfat greek yogurt? I have some trader joe’s brand pumpkin non fat greek yogurt in the fridge and was thinking of using that!

    • Julie says:

      Yup! You can use whatever Greek yogurt you have on hand.

  • Vicki @ WITK says:

    I love sheet cakes, they’re so simple and easy! I’ve never been to the eye doctor, now I don’t want to go ever! :)

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) says:

    Gahhh! I hate that machine at the eye doctors–I haven’t been in a LONG time, but it freaks me out every time. Fabulous idea to use yogurt instead of vegetable oil–I’m sure both versions are great! :)

  • Heather Christo says:

    this SERIOUSLY looks amazing. I am going to make this and bring it for school snack. I love it Julie.

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    I haven’t had an eye exam since like elementary school or something like that. Bad right? So I’ve never experienced the puff of air or drops, just basic read the letters. Now where’s my slice of cake!?

  • Kelly Marsteller says:

    Ha the Eye Dr. comments made me laugh, I used to work for an eye Dr. and just to let you know the drops numbed your eye (that’s why it stung) so that the “blue light” which is actually a device that TOUCHES the eye and pushes to get the pressure reading inside…. bet you will take that non touching puff of air from now on….lol

  • Marian (Sweetopia) says:

    Gah! I’d love a piece or two of that right now!

  • Kevin @ Closet Cooking says:

    I could definitely go for a slice of that right now!

  • marla says:

    I’m always up for pumpkin and this cake looks great!

  • dixya| food, pleasure, and health says:

    I have never taken that eye test but I could see how it could get freaky.. I am loving anything with pumpkin lately and that cream cheese on it – YUM. I wonder if I can half the recipe because I know otherwise I will eat the whole pan.

  • Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain says:

    Simply stunning. I love sheet cake anything. My hubs would adore this!

  • Amanda says:

    What a beautiful plate! Who is it made by?

    • Julie says:

      Pier One.

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says:

    Pinning this to my pumpkin board, cannot wait to make and enjoy this!

  • Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie says:

    It’s funny. Even though I really dislike frosting layer cakes, I more often make them than sheet cakes. How silly of me! This one particularly looks good.

  • Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch says:

    I love pumpkin spice cake!!! I could dive right on in to this with that frosting!!! Looks amazing!!!

  • naomi says:

    I know what you mean about the eye doctor. Puff of air – sucks.

    As for the cake- um, yes, please!

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says:

    Hahaha! Julie, I worked in ophthalmology for 10 years. I’ll take that puff of air over what they used to do before that gizmo was invented to test intra-ocular pressure, tonometry. They used to actually TOUCH your eye (with a handheld instrument before changing over to the “blue light”) to take that measurement after numbing the eye with anesthetic drops. THAT (touching the eye) used to make me squirm in the exam chair! LOVE this pumpkin sheet cake…perfect for a Halloween party!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    Sheet cake is such a fabulously easy treat! Love this pumpkin version.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) says:

    I need this cake in my life!

  • ashley - Baker by Nature says:

    What a pretty pumpkin cake, Julie!!! I definitely want this with my morning coffee ;)

  • Nessa says:

    I just got an eye exam and I kept jumping when the puff went into my eye, so I had to do it like 10 times! :( This looks great though!

  • Pam says:

    I found this recipe this afternoon & made it. It was absolutely delicious!!

    • Julie says:

      I’m so happy you made and loved it Pam!!

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective says:

    Love that you used Greek Yogurt in this!

  • Coleens Recipes says:

    I love a good sheet cake.

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    GAH I HATE THE EYE DOCTOR. Ugh. I cringe and cry every singe time.

    Love this cake my love! It’s gorgeous!

  • Leah | So, How's It Taste? says:

    Sheet cakes are so underestimated I think, but they are so delicious and so easy! Love this pumpkin version!

  • kristin says:

    This does sound good. I couldn’t have stumbled across your recipe at a better time. I just got coconut oil that I’m not sure what to do with but I think it would be amazing in here instead of the oil/yogurt. I cannot wait to give this a try.

  • Lynna says:

    I seriously feel like I can taste this right now. With all the pumpkin desserts around, I`m craving some!

    P.S. I totally hate that eye pressure machine, too!

  • Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Yum :) this cake looks fantastic!

  • Jen @JuanitasCocina says:

    I’m eating a HUGE bit of this cake right now! I was out of Greek yogurt and subbed in Grapeseed Oil. Worked perfectly, and this cake is divine! Thanks for the fab recipe!

  • Ash-foodfashionparty says:

    Sheet cakes are a lot of fun and I can see myself making this a lot.

  • Amanda D says:

    I so agree with you about the eye test. the anticipation for the puff of air is the worst! Sometimes I blink so much, they just give up on me and do it next time ha!

    This cake looks great. Any variation of a spice cake is a winner to me!

  • stacy says:

    This looks amazing! Do you think the batter would work for cupcakes?

    • Julie says:

      Hi Stacy! I definitely think it’s do-able for cupcakes!

  • Suzanne says:

    Hi Julie, I had to come back and let you know that this cake is simply AWESOME! I made it on the weekend – followed the recipe exactly and produced the moistest, most delicious cake EVER. I have never used yogurt in a cake before! Thanks so much for posting another fab recipe!

  • Becky says:

    This cake is easy & delicious! Thank you for sharing!

    • Julie says:

      Thanks, Becky!

  • Amy says:

    This cake came out of the oven a bit ago and is cooling right now! I am going to make the icing a bit later this afternoon. I am super excited! It looks and smells amazing!!!!! An early Thanksgiving treat tonight!!!!! YUM!!!!!!

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