Last Christmas we shared our Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Sheet Cake recipe and knew immediately that we needed a Pumpkin Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Sheet Cake!
Every single Thanksgiving we get gobs of emails begging for dessert ideas that aren’t pie. I can’t wrap my head around not wanting pie at all. Like, at all. It’s the best dessert ever!! But in case you’re in the same place, I really think you’ll go crazy for our Pumpkin Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Sheet Cake Recipe.
It’s a tender, moist pumpkin sheet cake swirled with the most perfect cinnamon roll filling. On top of that, which would honestly be just fine on its own, a rich and creamy vanilla cream cheese frosting or maybe a bit more like a thick glaze.
Dessert That Isn’t Pie for Thanksgiving
Alright you pie haters, this one is for you.
Actually, it’s for all of you, even if you adore pie because this is one of those recipes you’ll want to use time and time again for parties, holidays, and family gatherings.
I absolutely adore recipes that become family favorites. Not just something yummy and good, but something that you get asked time and time again to make for when you have a big party or potluck. The recipe that your kids think of when they reminisce about their childhood. The recipe you become known for and everyone wants the recipe for.
There’s nothing wrong with that, am I right?
Pumpkin Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Sheet Cake
Our Pumpkin Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Sheet Cake starts out with our favorite pumpkin sheet cake.
You’re right, we’ve never posted the recipe. I have no idea why other than our heads are literally so full of recipes it’s just plain hard to keep up with everything.
In fact, that’s a question we get asked all the time, “Do you ever feel stressed about trying to think up recipes?”
Heck no! We have so many recipes bursting out of us I’ve started keeping a paper taped to the office wall just to keep me on track with photographing. I write them all down, photograph them and won’t add to the list until the list only has 1-2 recipes left on it. Otherwise I could write down handfuls of ideas every day.
Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Filling
But back to the Pumpkin Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Sheet Cake. This filling isn’t exactly like Cinnabon, but it totally carries that same flavor. We want it to melt into the cake a little creating pockets of cinnamon so we have to make it a little different.
Mix together your brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. Set it aside.
Cooked Vanilla Cream Cheese Icing
I never know if I should call our cooked vanilla cream cheese icing a frosting, icing or glaze. It’s kind of a little of them all. You call it whatever you want.
This is a cooked frosting so start out with a pot and be sure that your cream cheese is softened or even though there will be hot ingredients it will still clump as you make it.
How do You Make a Moist Pumpkin Cake?
There are three ingredients needed to make a moist pumpkin cake.
- Pumpkin Puree – Pumpkin puree gives added moisture to the cake, not just the flavor.
- Sour Cream – Sour cream adds a little more fat that doesn’t evaporate in the baking process like the butter does.
- Oil- We do use butter in the recipe for flavor, but I’ve found that using half butter and half oil leads to a more moist pumpkin cake as again, the butter evaporates out a bit during the cooking process while the oil retains moisture.
How Long Will Pumpkin Cake Last?
Pumpkin cake is good to be left out on the counter for up to 4 days or up to one week in the fridge.
Can You Freeze Pumpkin Cake?
You absolutely can freeze pumpkin cake if you properly store it.
Take the unfrosted pumpkin cake and allow it to cool completely.
Wrap the cake in saran wrap and place in the freezer for up to 1 week.
Allow the cake to sit at room temperature for a couple of hours without the plastic wrap to defrost.
Frost as normal.
Dessert Recipes for the Holidays
It really isn’t that hard to get going on dessert recipes for the holidays, but finding the good ones, the ones you’ll make time and time again can be. Especially with Pinterest and how many ideas are out there you can find yourself with a flop time and time again.
Our Pumpkin Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Sheet Cake is the perfect recipe to gather with those you love and share in memories and fun together. I can’t wait to see all of your pictures of this recipe! Make sure you tag us!
Looking for more easy cake recipes? Try our Pumpkin Cake with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting, Apple Butter Sheet Cake, Chocolate Sheet Cake, Apple Cake with Caramel Frosting, Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Sheet Cake, or this Moist Banana Cake!
Looking for another seasonal appropriate dessert, try this Apple Cobbler! Seriously so good!
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Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 525 Total Fat: 26g Saturated Fat: 14g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 90mg Sodium: 272mg Carbohydrates: 71g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 59g Protein: 4g