Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake

Bring together all the flavors of this fall favorite in one delicious cake.

Related To:

Pumpkin spice is in the air. This year take the warm, fall flavor a bit further with this tasty autumn-inspired treat. Coffee flavored cake is topped with pumpkin spice buttercream to create bite after bite of delightful pumpkin spice latte goodness.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake

Make a delicious pumpkin spice latte cake

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

The ingredients

  • 2 white cake mixes
  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 7 cups confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2-3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 14 ounces marzipan
  • yellow, orange, red and brown powdered food color 

The instructions

Make the white cake mix according to the directions using the version with egg yolks. Before adding the water stir in the instant coffee until fully dissolved. Divide batter over 3 pans and bake as directed. Cool completely and then place cakes on parchment-lined baking sheets. Place in the freezer.

Add butter and shortening to a bowl and beat on medium high until smooth and well combined. Add confectioners sugar gradually, starting at low speed and then turning to medium high to combine. After all the sugar has been added beat for 3-5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Add pumpkin spice and beat until fully combined. Add just enough cream, beating between additions, to make a smooth, spreadable consistency. Place 1-1/2 cups of frosting in another bowl. Add orange food color and just a bit of brown to create a dark orange color. Beat until fully combined. Cover and set aside.

Remove cakes from the freezer. Transfer 1 cup of cream-colored frosting to a small bowl and use an offset spatula to apply a very thin “crumb coat” to the outside of each of the cakes. Return them to the freezer.

Divide the marzipan into four equal pieces. Color each piece with one of the four food dye colors. Tip: Keep marzipan covered in cling film when not working with it. Roll each color to about 1/8 inch thick and cut out shapes with leaf cookie cutters. (Image 1) Use a soft straight edge to create veins in the leaves. (Image 2) If desired, brush a bit of darker color around the edges and along the veins by putting some of the color in just a few tablespoons of water. (Image 3) Drape the leaves over rolling pins or other round surfaces to give them some shape and allow them to dry and harden completely. (Image 4)

Place one cake on the serving platter or stand. Apply a thin layer of frosting on top of it and then position another cake layer. Repeat for the last layer. Transfer 3/4 cup of the orange frosting to a microwave safe bowl and heat it for 30 seconds. Pour it onto the top layer of cake and spread it evenly with an offset spatula just to the edge. Add a layer of cream-colored frosting to the outside of the cake evenly with an offset spatula. Tip: For a smooth finish dip the spatula in a glass of water and lightly drag it over the icing.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake

Make a delicious pumpkin spice latte cake

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Place the remaining orange frosting in a piping bag or freezer bag fitted with a cake decorating tip. Make a bead of frosting around the top edge. Lastly, position two of the marzipan leaves on top of the cake and the remainder around the base of the cake. 

Keep refrigerated until ready to serve. 

Next Up

Tasty Fall Favorite: Caramel-Pumpkin Seed Brittle

A simple and delicious upcycle of the fall favorite, pumpkin seeds.

Plant Succulents in Pumpkins for a Modern Fall Tablescape

Add fresh color and life to your fall decorations with succulents planted in tiny pumpkins.

6 Fabulous Ways to Decoupage Pumpkins

Break out the Mod Podge, it's time to decorate.

Easy Coconut Lime Easter Cake

Embrace the colorful charm of Easter with this adorable coconut lime cake.

DIY Pumpkin Body Scrub

Get your skin in shape this fall with this delicious body scrub.

12 Feast-Worthy Fall Recipes

Forks at the ready, friends! 

How to Keep Ice Cream Frozen at an Outdoor Party

Ice cream is a perfect menu item for summer entertaining, learn how to keep it ice cold while serving it outside. 

6 Things You'll Need to Plan the Fall Wedding of Your Dreams

Crisp autumn air and breathtaking mountain views? Check. Now let us help you with the rest.

5 Trends to Try This Fall

We round up our favorite looks from the 2016 Black Interior Designers Conference.

Fall Planting Step-by-Step

Extend your garden season into the fall with these tips.

What We're Loving Now

More From the Archives

Browse through our archives to discover "why-didn't-I-think-of-that" projects, cool hacks and  genius DIY ideas.

Read Our Previous Posts

Meet the Team

About the Team

Get to know the crafty, creative writers and editors behind DIY's Made+Remade blog. 

Go Behind the Blog