Pumpkin Pie vs Pumpkin Cake

Pumpkin Pie vs Pumpkin Cake

I love pumpkin pie. I couldn’t celebrate Thanksgiving without it. But, my children are not fans. But I figure if I make it every year, they will grow to love it. This year, I had planned on cooking my usual Thanksgiving feast: turkey, roasted sweet potatoes, mash potatoes, corn bread and green beans. And of course pumpkin pie. But my sinus infection had other ideas. I’ve been poorly for over a week. And with Husband working late every night for the past two weeks (and working on the weekends), I decided that there would be no Thanksgiving feast this year.

But even without a feast, I needed my annual pumpkin pie fix. So this year I thought I would try baking a pumpkin cake alongside the pie, and see if either could tempt my children. So, which one will they prefer? I normally buy a pre-made pie base, but this year used the recipe from Flora for a base (and the pie itself). I was quite pleased with the results.

Pumpkin Pie vs Pumpkin Cake

I had never made a pumpkin cake before, so I merged a few different recipes together, and here’s what I came up with.

Non-Dairy Pumpkin Cake

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8
Author Elfa in London


  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 425 g pumpkin puree
  • 230 g sunflower or rapeseed oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 420 g caster sugar
  • 300 g plain flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp bicarb of soda

Maple Syrup Glaze

  • 50 g icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1-2 tbsp water


  • Preheat oven to 180C/160C (fan oven)/320F.
    Mix wet ingredients, then add dry ingredients. Pour into either a bundt tin OR 2 lb load tin and 1 lb loaf tin. Bake for 50-60 minutes. After five minutes of cool-down, transfer to a plate (cut off the bottom to make the cake level).
    To make glaze, mix three ingredients (you can just use a spoon).
    Wait 15 minutes, then spoon glaze onto cake.

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Let the battle commence.

First of all most of us loved the pumpkin pie. Moozles didn’t like it. It might be a texture thing or perhaps it tasted too much of pumpkin. As for the cake, everyone loved that. Both kids had two slices the first day, then finished off the loaf on the second day. It was lovely and cakey. I think the vanilla extract kept it from tasting too ‘pumpkiny’.

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I still have some pumpkin left over so will be making pumpkin cake again this week. It has a lovely autumnal flavour. So, the cake turned out to be the winner. But as for the pumpkin pie, that’ll always be the winner in my eyes.


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11 thoughts on “Pumpkin Pie vs Pumpkin Cake

  1. That cake looks delicious! I’ll have to try the recipe- the one I attempted this year came out horribly wrong!!
    I’m a big fan of pumpkin pie too, but only ever eat it around halloween. xx

  2. Looks great Elfa! Sorry you’ve been poorly 🙁 Where do you buy your pumpkin puree from? I’ve tried looking for puree or canned pumpkin before but to no avail- am I missing a trick?! x

    1. Becky, I’ve just updated my post as I knew there was some info that was missing–yes, the pumpkin puree. 🙂 I use Libby’s canned pumpkin, which you can buy from Waitrose or Ocado. In the past, I have used fancy organic pureed pumpkin from health food shops but the canned stuff tastes the same when baked. x

  3. Hope you are better now!
    Your cake look so lovely! For me, is your cake a winner! Look so moist and delicious! I should have thought of baking them. I’m so rubbish at making pie! Will do it next year! #tastytuesday

  4. Hope you’re on the mend now lovely. I too don’t understand the pumpkin pie love (sorry) I so want to as they are all over Pinterest for months every year and I want to get on that bandwaggon but ALL I CAN TASTE IS PUMPKIN! The cake on the other hand, I would be ALL over that shizz! Looks beautiful.

  5. Oh yum and yum!! Both these puddings look amazing but if I had to pick one… I think it go for the cake. Fab post, now I’m off to eat my breakfast pancakes – you’ve made me hungry!!

  6. Love the sound of the cake (looks divine too)-I’m the same as Sarah, just can’t get into pumpkin pie, Mum made it one year and everyone loved it but me! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

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