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Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Servings 12 servings

Ingredients

  • for the cheesecake layer-
  • 3-8 oz packages softened cream cheese
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • for the pumpkin cake-
  • 1-15.25 oz Vanilla Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • for the frosting-
  • 14 oz softened cream cheese
  • 6 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Using an 8-inch cake pan {not a springform pan!}, trace a circle on parchment paper, cut out and line bottom of pan. Lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. For the cheesecake layer--in a large bowl, whip softened cream cheese. Slowly stir in granulated sugar. Scrape sides and mix until sugar is incorporated. Stir in vanilla and eggs, one at a time until incorporated into the batter. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl and mix again until batter is completely smooth. Stir in sour cream. Pour into prepared 8-inch cake pan and place into a roasting pan, or other pan with high sides. Fill pan up carefully with very hot tap water until it reaches half way up the cake pan. Bake 40-50 minutes or until the top is lightly golden and cheesecake has almost completely set. Remove from oven. Cool. Remove from water bath, wipe pan and refrigerate 3 hours to overnight.
  3. For the pumpkin cake--Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 2-8 inch cake pans with parchment paper {just like above} and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside. in a large bowl, measure out and pour all ingredients. Stir together to incorporate. Do not over mix! Divide batter evenly between the two pans, level off the tops and bake 20-30 minutes until toothpick comes out clean when inserted. {A few moist crumbs should be fine.} Cool 15-20 minutes, then remove from warm pans and transfer cakes to cooling racks. Cool completely.
  4. For the frosting--Place cream cheese and butter into a large bowl and whip to incorporate. Stir in vanilla. With mixer on low, slowly stir in powdered sugar, scraping sides as needed. Continue whipping frosting until it's smooth and well mixed. Set aside.
  5. For assembly--cut small dome shape off cooled pumpkin cakes, if present, to create flat cakes. Place one pumpkin layer onto cake stand. Top with chilled cheesecake and then other pumpkin layer. {No need to frost the layers in between!} Using the cream cheese frosting, start at the top and work down the sides of the cake until the cake is completely covered. Refrigerate until ready to serve.