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Easy Pumpkin Cake (gluten free and paleo) |

Pumpkin Cake (gluten free and paleo)

  • Author: Katja from Savory Lotus
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8-16 servings 1x
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American


A simple and straight forward pumpkin cake that’s soft, moist, and perfectly spiced. Topped with a dairy free velvety frosting. Gluten free. Paleo.


  • 2 cups blanched almond flour (I use THIS brand)
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder (like this)
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour (I use THIS brand)
  • 2/3 cup coconut sugar (like this)
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (like this)
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp baking powder (I recommend using a corn free brand)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (I use THIS BPA free brand)
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup ghee, butter, or coconut oil – melted
  • 2 tbsp molasses (like this)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (I use THIS raw brand)


  • 1 and 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water for at least 4 hours then drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • any type of milk to thin


  1. Preheat oven to 350’F.  Grease an 8×8 glass baking pan and line bottom with strip of parchment paper that comes up the side on two of the sides of pan for easy removal.
  2. Combine almond flour, arrowroot, coconut flour, coconut sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together pumpkin puree, eggs, fat of choice, molasses, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar. Pour dry into wet and mix until just combined.
  4. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
  5. While cake is in oven, prepare frosting by adding cashews, maple syrup, lemon, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt to a high speed blender.  Start blender and add milk of choice one tablespoon at a time – just enough to get mixture moving. You don’t want your frosting to be runny (I use about 2-3 tbsp of milk.)  Scrape down sides often.  Process until creamy, smooth.  Transfer to a glass jar and place in fridge to thicken.


  • If you don’t have pumpkin spice powder, you can make your own: 2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger powder, 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon all spice, and 1/8 teaspoon clove powder. Use 1 tablespoon of this mixture for this recipe.
  • Baking powders traditionally have GMO corn in them. You can find a corn free brand HERE,   I prefer to make my own:  1 part baking soda, 2 parts cream of tartar, and 2 parts arrowroot powder.