Pumpkin Spice Cake with Lord Baltimore Frosting

I actually made this cake almost a month ago, however, it’s such an intense recipe that I’ve been rather lazy and haven’t posted it…Until now. I snagged the original version of this recipe from Good Housekeeping Magazine’s November 2015 issue. Their recipe called for a fluffy white frosting but I didn’t feel up to putting together a meringue-based frosting so I went with Lord Baltimore instead. I don’t know who Lord Baltimore is but he made a damn good frosting.

  • Cake Ingredients:
  • 3 cups AP flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup molasses (not blackstrap)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 sticks salted butter, room temp.
  • 4 whole eggs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 3 8-inch cake pans. Line bottoms with parchment paper, grease paper. Dust pans with flour (unless you use Pam baking spray which already includes flour).
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, and baking soda. In another medium bowl, stir pumpkin, molasses, and vanilla.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, fixed with the paddle attachment, beat sugar and butter until well-blended and creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. With mixer on low speed, beat in eggs, one at a time. Add flour mixture and pumpkin mixture, alternating. Beat until just smooth, making sure to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. Divide batter evenly among prepared cake pans. Place pans in oven and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a cake tester (or toothpick) comes out clean.
  5. Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes. Loosen sides of cakes with an offset spatula. Invert cakes onto wire rack, cool completely.

This is where you pretend I took a photo of the cakes cooling.

  • Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients:
  • 2 bricks (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons salted butter, room temp.
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  1. Again using the bowl of a stand mixer, fixed with the paddle attachment, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy (medium speeds work best for this).
  2. Beat in powdered sugar until blended.
  3. Once your cakes are completely cooled, use a rubber spatula to spread the filling between each layer. Place 1 cake layer on cake plate, spread half of the cream cheese filling, repeat with second cake layer and spread the remaining filling. Top with final cake layer.

The filling doesn’t have to be perfect since it will all be covered with frosting later.

  • Lord Baltimore Frosting Ingredients:
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups light corn syrup
  1. In a small deep bowl, using a hand mixer, beat eggs whites, salt, and vanilla at medium speed until foamy. Gradually add sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating at highest speed until soft peaks form and sugar is dissolved.
  2. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, bring corn syrup just to a boil (this is similar to how you make caramel, if you’re wondering what it should resemble). Pour corn syrup in a thin stream over egg white mixture, beating at highest speed until mixture is stiff.
  3. Spread frosting over sides and top of cake. If desired, toast the frosting with a culinary torch (mine died so that didn’t happen this time around).

All done! This frosting was a lot of fun to shape.



This cake was a lot of work to bring together yet none of the steps were that difficult. The cream cheese filling was the easiest part since it was a matter of combining everything all at once. The frosting only had one slightly difficult part and that was boiling the corn syrup (if you take your eyes off it, it can easily overflow). This came out delicious with all of the flavors coming together beautifully. Truly the perfect fall cake.

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3 Responses to Pumpkin Spice Cake with Lord Baltimore Frosting

  1. I just gained 10 pounds looking at this awesomeness!

  2. Yanna says:

    It looks great!!!!!

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