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Spiced Almond Pumpkin Cake

Spiced Almond Pumpkin Cake

Recipe shared by:Duncan Hines

Celebrate the holidays with this pumpkin puree yellow cake recipe. Who knows, it may just be your new holiday tradition.

  • Hands-on Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 60 Minutes
  • Servings: 12 Servings
  • Difficulty: EASY


  • 1 box Classic Yellow Cake Mix
  • 3 eggs
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup water
  • 1½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ cup chopped almonds

Baking Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F for glass or metal pans, 325°F for dark or non-stick pans. Grease a Bundt pan with butter or cooking spray.
  • Empty package of yellow cake mix, eggs, pumpkin puree, water, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large bowl. Mix on low speed until moistened, then increase to medium speed for about 2 minutes.
  • Sprinkle chopped almonds on bottom of Bundt pan and the pour cake batter in. Smooth out the top so it’s even and bake immediately. Bake for 33-36 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Invert onto cooling rack and let cool completely. Serve immediately.

Tips & Inspirations

For a simple dulce de leche, submerge an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk in boiling water, simmer for 3 hours (less, if you want it a thinner consistency) and cool.

Pour 2-3 cups of sugar into a sealable container. Combine with the zest of one lemon, shake well and store. Lemon infused sugar can be used immediately or kept for months, just like regular sugar.

Keep brown sugar soft by adding a couple of marshmallows to the bag.

To make crystallized honey liquid again make it liquid again, place the honey jar in a container that allows water to move around it freely. Run under a hot water tap (shaking occasionally) until the crystals have melted.

Use an egg slicer to quickly slice strawberries. Freshly sliced strawberries are the perfect topping to Angel Food cake!

Reuse jelly, pickle or mason jars to keep your cupcake liners and icing tips clean and collected.

Variety is the spice of life, so try different toppings on your cakes. We used spice cake with dulce de leche, fig preserves, powdered sugar, marmalade and ginger preserve, apricot jelly and honey.

Clean caramel from a pot by filling it with water and letting it simmer on the stove—the warm water will wash it away.

Whenever grating chocolate on a cheese grater always hold the chocolate cube with the palm of your hand not your fingertips. This method will protect your finger tips from getting nicked.

By cooking in sheets the layers you can create simple and professional result. Eating a cake prepared in this way provides a moist multi layered experience allowing for many opportunities for creative flavor changes.
Try making a cake with two or three compatible layers for greater variety.

Use a non-flexible thin knife when cutting cake around curved stencils for a professional look.

For additional texture, fold in 1/2 cup chopped walnuts to prepared cake batter before pouring into pan.

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