Pumpkin Cake and Celebrating Everyday Occasions

Celebrate your everyday occasions with this homemade pumpkin cake recipe!

Pumpkin Cake

It’s been a hard year. I don’t think I could have ever imagined how hard this year would be. Losing someone you love is, without a doubt, one of the worst things. Losing three…well, it’s inconceivable.

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

About 4-5 months ago, I read a blog post called “one simple step that’s changing my life” by another food blogger, Kristy of The Wicked Noodle. Her post stated: everything in our lives should begin with being grateful for what we have. Something about that post helped me to shift my thinking. It’s not that I don’t ever have sadness, anger, or tears. Some days are extremely difficult. I read Kristy’s post when my Dad and one sister had passed away. Since then, another sister died too. But still, I work hard to remember that my life continues. I work hard to focus on the good things in my life — which there are many. Everyday I work to be grateful of the things and people around me. Some days I do better with it than other days, but I think the trying is what’s important and what keeps me focused.

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

When I was recently invited to create a cake to celebrate an “everyday family occasion” using new Cool Whip Frosting, I knew instantly what I wanted to do. I want to make a cake to celebrate our amazing kids. Our kids are my world and I am so grateful for having them in my life. We have so many things we are so proud of them for and I couldn’t think of a better everyday family occasion than to just simply celebrate them.

The kids knew I was baking a Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. The two youngest kids went with me when I bought the ingredients. They are used to me making all sorts of things, so shopping for ingredients to make a cake isn’t unusual to them. What they didn’t know, was that the cake was being made to specifically celebrate them.

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I decided to make a homemade pumpkin cake, because…well…it’s Autumn even if it doesn’t feel like it in Vegas yet. The kids love pumpkin desserts too, so it’s a win-win. I picked out the cream cheese flavor of the Cool Whip Frosting. You can see all of my shopping trip photos HERE.

Cool Whip Cream Cheese Frosting

Once the cake was completely cooled, I frosted it with the Cool Whip Frosting. It was light and fluffy and spread easily on the cake. I was concerned that one tub might not be enough for my cake, so I bought two tubs to be safe, but one tub was definitely more than enough for this pumpkin bundt cake.

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

After frosting, I sprinkled the top with some pecans. I was really happy with how it turned out.

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I wrote a short note on little cards, one for each of the kids, with something that we’ve been extremely proud of them for. I guess I should also explain that our kids range in age from 12 to 22 — so the adult kids got one too.

"I'm Proud of You" cards for the kids

Before we served the cake, I told the kids that I made the cake to celebrate them. I handed them their cards, which received a wide range of emotions. My oldest started crying and hugged me, our oldest son thought I might have been playing a joke on him, but gave me a heartfelt thank you. I think the cards made the younger two feel a bit embarrassed, but they held tight to the cards and seem to have been tucked away somewhere special.

Celebrating the Everyday with Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I’m happy with how the whole celebration played out. I have a feeling it will be something that they remember for a long time. This last year has been rough on them too, but it feels wonderful to know that we all have each other. All too often, celebrating a person only happens on their birthday or other big events, like graduations. But there is little stuff around us everyday that is worth a celebration.

What everyday things have you celebrated or could you celebrate?

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil (I used canola)
  • 4 large eggs
  • ½ tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • Butter for greasing pan
  • Cream Cheese Frosting (such as Cool Whip Frosting)
  • Optional: Chopped Pecans
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a bundt cake pan.
  2. Place sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl and beat on low until just barely mixed. In another bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. With mixer on low, gradually add and beat flour mixture into oil mixture until both are combined and then beat in pumpkin puree into the cake batter until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  3. Pour batter into prepared bundt cake pan. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes, or until a butter knife inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Turn bundt cake out onto plate. Allow to cool completely and frost with Cool Whip Cream Cheese Frosting or your favorite cream cheese frosting recipe. If desired, sprinkle top of cake with chopped pecans.

Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

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  1. says

    What a sweet way to let your kids know how proud you are of them. I need to do something like this. I think with the day to day of life sometimes we forget to let the kids know just how proud we are of them.

    Your pumpkin cake looks yummy. I can’t wait to try this new frosting.

  2. says

    It’s funny…I needed that reminder right now and your writing about it has shifted my thinking, too! What a wonderful thing when we can all help one another without even realizing it. I’m so honored that you would mention that post all these months later. Thank you and I’m so touched that my words helped you in some way.


  3. says

    How fun! I love everything pumpkin too but am still in denial of Fall until it cools down below 90degrees. I didn’t even know that Cool Whip came in any other flavor, and I use it for cakes a lot too. Yum!

  4. says

    Aww I LOVE this! I am so sorry to hear about your year. But I think it is fabulous that you now remember to appreciate each and every day! I can almost smell this cake! It looks amazing! Thanks for the great idea!

  5. says

    I just tried to not cry, I wanted to keep reading without out tears foggy up my vision. What a beautiful post. I am so sorry for your year, and your losses. I hope you are able to remember all the happy, and very special moments you had with them, that is so important! Your kids are very lucky to have such a wonderful mom like you:-) What will I celebrate, my Grandma! She just finished radiation treatment two weeks ago, and is continuing to stay positive even with a diagnosis like breast cancer. She is amazing, and I love her so much!!! Your cake sounds fantastic, Sending BIG HUGS your way, Terra

  6. lesley says

    just to let you know this is one of my most pinned pins.. I truly believe its more to do with your lovely post than the almost equally lovely picture.. thanks for this.

    • says

      Thank you so much, Lesley. I’ve never had anyone come back and tell me that something was one of their most pinned pins, so this has totally made my day! :)


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