Dreamy, Skinny Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting


I tested this festive, super moist cake on some of my girlfriends. Several of us get together once a month to eat, drink and laugh until it hurts!  When everybody gave it a two thumbs up, I couldn’t wait to share it with you.  The best part, it’s so simple to make because it uses a cake mix.  Super rich and decadent tasting, one skinny slice has 257 calories, 8 grams of fat and 7 Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS. It’s wonderful to serve all during the holiday season.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients for Cake:

1 (16.5 oz) box Duncan Hines yellow cake mix

2 ½ tablespoons flour

¾ of 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin

1 (3.4 oz) package vanilla instant pudding

½ cup water

¼ cup canola oil

2 eggs, I like Egg-Land’s Best

2 egg whites (¼ cup)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Ingredients for Cream Cheese Frosting:

½ of an 8 ounce package of reduced-fat cream cheese

1½ cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon reduced-fat or fat-free milk


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch Bundt pan with cooking spray (with flour in it)

2. In an electric mixer or using a hand mixer, add the cake mix, flour, pumpkin, pudding, water and oil. Mix for a few seconds to combine. Add the eggs, egg whites, vanilla, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. Mix until blended. Turn mixer on high and mix until very smooth. Stop the mixer and scrape down sides. Mix again for a few seconds.

3. Pour cake batter into the coated Bundt pan. Spread the top evenly.

4. Bake about 60-65 minutes until a tooth pick inserted, comes out clean.
Remove from oven and cool for about 10 minutes. Carefully loosen all the sides with a flat knife or spoon and remove the cake onto a plate. Cool cake completely before frosting.

5. To make the frosting-using a mixer, whip the cream cheese until smooth. Add the powder sugar, milk and mix until smooth. It should be somewhat thick.

6. Drizzle the frosting all around the top of cooled cake.

7. Store in the refrigerator. This cake freezes great too.

Makes 16 servings (each serving, 1 slice 1/16 of cake)

Healthy Benefits

Pumpkin provides one of the most abundant sources of beta-carotene, which the body turns into vitamin A. It also contains a hefty amount of fiber and is a good amount of vitamin C and iron.

Egg-Land’s Best eggs are better for you than regular eggs. They contain more vitamin E, 100 mg of Omega 3 and 25% less saturated fat than regular eggs. You’ll find them in most supermarkets.

Weight Watchers
(old points)6
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 7

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 slice (1/16 of cake)
257 calories, 7.6g fat, 3g protein, 45g carbs, 1g fiber, 315mg sodium, 31g sugar
FAT FACTS: for 1 regular slice
444 calories, 20g fat, 5g protein, 65g carbs, 1g fiber, 450mg sodium, 45g sugar

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8 Responses to “Dreamy, Skinny Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. Marcia Says:

    Do you add the water & oil required by the cake mix too?

  2. admin Says:

    No Marcia. To make this cake skinny, I’ve reduced the oil to just 1/4 cup. Since there’s a lot of canned pumpkin in this recipe, you don’t need any more oil. So don’t follow the cake mix box directions, just follow mine.
    This is one of my favorite cakes to make this time of year. I hope you like it too! Good luck.

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  4. Belated Weigh Day | She's Losing It Says:

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  5. admin Says:

    Wow Chantelle. You are proof that you can survive a holiday, even get to enjoy dessert, and still do amazing with your weight loss! I’m so delighted you enjoyed both my skinny pumpkin desserts…Thanks so much for sharing them.
    Wishing you the best of luck,

  6. Marianne Says:

    Have you ever made this in a 9×13 pan?

  7. admin Says:

    I haven’t Marianne but I bet they’ll make terrific iced pumpkin squares. If you decide to give it a try, I’d love to hear how they turned out!
    With best wishes,

  8. Doris Says:

    THis looks delicious !!!!! If it was made with sugar free vanilla pudding and no glaze what would be the nutritional information her slice then ??? thanks so much..can not wait to try this !!!

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