Clifton's Pumpkin Cake

3 minutes
November 16, 2022
Carole JonesJump to Recipe
A big Welcome Back to Debbie from Made From Pinterest, who is guest posting today with this amazing cake recipe!

It’s that time of month again where we at Made From Pinterest get to pull up a chair and visit over here with all of you My Kitchen Escapades folks! And today we’re talking Thanksgiving!

Clifton's Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Are you in the Thanksgiving Zone yet? Have you made your menu? Have you written your list? All of my children will be here for the Thanksgiving holiday and I am planning my menu and creating my list of things to do and shop for. This year I am going to try some new recipes in place of some of our traditional favorites.

But one thing that is definitely on my list is this Clifton’s Pumpkin Cake. There was a Clifton’s Cafeteria where I grew up in Southern California and one of the things they were quite known for was their Pumpkin Cake.

With three layers of moist pumpkin cake topped with a cream cheese frosting, there are few people who can resist this cake. If you make this for your Thanksgiving dinner, you might just become famous for it too!

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Clifton's Pumpkin Cake Recipe

Clifton’s Pumpkin Cake Recipe

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  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 TBL Baking Soda
  • 1 TBL Baking Powder
  • 1 TBL Cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 1/4 cup canned pumpkin (one large can) Make sure you get just the canned pumpkin and not the pumpkin pie filling


  • 1 1/2 pound of powdered sugar
  • 12 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • Whole Pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine the first six dry ingredients together in your mixer.
  3. Add oil and continuing to beat until dry ingredients are moistened.
  4. Add pumpkin and mix again until well blended.
  5. Add slightly beaten eggs and blend 1 minute longer. Do not over mix.
  6. Pour batter into 3 lightly greased paper-lined 9-inch round cake pans. It is best to line your pans for this recipe.
  7. Bake for approx 30-35 minutes or until done. Cool on racks.
  8. Mix all of the frosting ingredients together until smooth and there are no lumps.
  9. Place first layer of cake with the bottom side up and frost. Place the second layer of cake bottom side down, so that both bottoms are now touching and frost that layer. Place the third layer of cake with bottom side down and frost that layer.
  10. Top with whole pecans.
  11. Cake may be refrigerated to keep the frosting firm
  • Author: Made From Pinterest
  • Category: Dessert


  • Serving Size: 18/th
  • Calories: 572
  • Sugar: 46g
  • Sodium: 209mg
  • Fat: 41g
  • Saturated Fat: 12g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 27g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 65g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Cholesterol: 81mg

Hope you enjoy this pumpkin cake and that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!

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Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


Clifton's Pumpkin Cake
9 years ago

[…] on over to My Kitchen Escapades where I shared the recipe for this amazing cake and we hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with […]

Jenny Eisermann
9 years ago

How many eggs? I don’t see them listed in the ingredients.

9 years ago

Jenny – Thank you for pointing that out! I contacted Debbie who wrote this post and she says it is supposed to have 4 eggs. I will correct the recipe -Carole

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