This pumpkin sheet cake recipe is full of nutrition and pumpkin pie spices, and a frosting with a "cream cheese" flavor thanks to a secret ingredient. Vegan, gluten-free.
Pumpkin Sheet Cake
This pumpkin sheet cake recipe produces a dense cake that is nutritious and filling, and will boost your energy given the high percentage of pumpkin puree. They could even be called pumpkin bars, perhaps pumpkin bar cakes?
We can also call them delicious and healthy with the incredible nutrition behind pumpkin puree. And there is a LOT of pumpkin in these bars.
How Healthy is Pure Pumpkin?
Pumpkin is a wonderful ingredient to add to cakes because it doesn't lose it's nutritional powers even after backing.
And the powers are significant. Pumpkin is great for heart healthy because it is high in potassium, vitamin C and fiber, as well as high in potassium, vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants.
Pumpkin is also great for the skin, nails and hair since it is high in vitamin A, a vitamin that is actually essential to many body processes.
How Nutritious is This Pumpkin Sheet Cake Recipe
This cake is vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free so right there, it is healthier than a traditional pumpkin cake recipe. And it is perfect for people who can't or don't want to eat animal products, dairy or gluten.
Specifically, the recipe uses a ground flaxseed egg, nut milk, and sugars that are vegan and free of bone char.
They are even lower in oil than most pumpkin bar or pumpkin cake recipes, with only 2 tablespoon of olive oil used, and 2 tablespoon of apple sauce providing the additional moisture needed.
The frosting has fat, though, in the form of vegan butter. It is a traditional sugar-based frosting made to taste like cream cheese without dairy with the use of a secret trick - apple cider vinegar, just one teaspoon gives the frosting the bite of traditional cream cheese.
Still this pumpkin cake can be eaten without frosting easily if you want to omit it.
How Do We Make Pumpkin Sheet Cake?
Pretty simple. Just mix up the dry ingredients. Mix up the wet. Combine the two, and bake. The frosting gets put together in a traditionally similar manner.
And the recipe is actually quite fool-proof which is not always the case with gluten-free baking.
And all credit goes to the flour, my favorite gluten-free baking flour, actually, by Bob's Red Mill. If you follow my recipes, you know by now that I find his flours and products extremely dependable. And I use them all the time.
The last recipe I made using his products was an Easy Apple Cranberry Crisp made with his delicious, nutritious new line of fall granolas.
How To Bake with Gluten-free Flour?
Just replace your wheat flour with this one to one to turn your baking recipes gluten-free. The brand has a few other gluten-free flours as well to consider.
You have probably seen his brand of flours and seeds in grocery stores, but if not, just buy it on his website here.
Questions Answered About This Pumpkin Cake
1. Does it store?
Yes, feel free to freeze it. Just do so sans frosting.
2. Can you swap out the flours?
If you don't need to bake gluten-free, you can use a regular all purpose flour.
3. Can I swap the puree out?
No, then it wouldn't be pumpkin cake. Besides, it's the puree that gives these bars incredible texture, moisture and fall flavors.
4. Can I eat this cake as a snack cake without frosting?
Yes, this cake is definitely flavorful enough to go without frosting.
Other Pumpkin Recipes To Consider
Interested in Easy Chocolate Dessert Recipes?
Then you will love my chocolate protein bars recipe and how-to as well as my recipe for Chocolate Carmel Cakes. It has a bit longer ingredient list, and but so delicious and nutritious!
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Vanilla Sheet Cake
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Pumpkin Sheet Cake
For the Pumpkin Cake:
- 2 cups gluten-free baking flour
- 1 cup coconut palm sugar
- ½ cup organic cane sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- 1 can Pumpkin Purée (15oz can, organic, BPA-free)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 tablespoon apple sauce
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar ACV
- 1 flaxseed egg
- ½ cup vegan butter melted
- 3 cups organic powdered sugar
- 3 teaspoon apple cider vinegar ACV
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 2 + tablespoon milk
Make the cake
- Preheat the oven to 350 Line a 7x9-inch cake pan with parchment.Mix 1 tablespoon flaxseed with 3 tablespoon of water and set aside for ten minutes.
- Mix dry ingredients, adding to a large mixing bowl the flour, sugar, soda, powder, salt, pumpkin spice. Stir until combined.
- Mix wet ingredients, adding to a smaller bowl, the pumpkin purée, vanilla, olive oil, apple sauce, apple cider vinegar and flax egg to the mixing bowl and mix in very well.
- Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients, and use a hand-mixer to blend up the batter.
- Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 25 minutes or less, until a tester comes out clean.
- Use the parchment sides to lift the cake out of the hot pan and set it on a cooling rake.
Make the Frosting:
- Put the butter into a large mixing bowl, and microwave to soften about 25 seconds.
- Add the sugar, ACV, vanilla and 2 tablespoon of milk.
- Using a hand-mixer, blend the ingredients until creamy. Add more milk to increase creamy texture.
- Cool the cake, frost, cut into slices and serve.
Can I use a normal egg instead of a flax egg?
Do you use xanthan gum in your recipes? Thanks for your help. Love recipes that do not contain egg!
Hi Patricia, I use Bob's Red Mill baking flour 1 to 1 flour when I want to make a recipe gluten-free.
I just need to know if you use xanthan gum or is it included in the flour that you use for gluten free. Thanks.
Hi Patrica, I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour here, and that does have xanthan gum. If you want to use a flour that does not have xanthan gum, but want to add it, add 1/4 teaspoon of xanthan gum for every 1 cup of flour. Dee
Pumpkin cake is one of my favorite desserts in fall! Totally love the flavors and spices! Yours look so delicious, Dee! 😍❤️
That's terrific news, Bianca, thank you!