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Pumpkin Snack Cake

Trick or treating might be over but you can still treat yourself to a moist, rich Pumpkin Snack Cake – easy to make and yummy to eat! Put on your baker hat and make this seasonal showstopper as soon as possible. This pumpkin cake recipe is simple, quick to make, and just right for the pumpkin lover in your life. 

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Yes, my friends, I’m coming to you with another pumpkin recipe for autumn!

We’re making this super easy Pumpkin Snack Cake. If you’re new to The Culinary Cartel, we love pumpkin here. If you do too, I have an entire collection of my BEST pumpkin recipes which you can find here.  I cover everything from sweet to savoury – you’re in for a treat. 

This fun sized Pumpkin Cake is a lush snack that many of us look forward to all year long. It’s the perfect way to celebrate pumpkin season and can be cooked in a regular 4L air fryer! The gentle flavour of pumpkin and spice is incorporated in every inch of this moist, but light and fluffy cake and will have your family fighting over the crumbs.

Finsihed in a creamy cloud of cream cheese icing, sprinkled with addictive pumpkin spice, and topped with crunchy pecans it’s the ultimate treat for pumpkin lovers! The sweet topping makes this simple pumpkin snack cake taste extra special – moist, with just the right amount of warming spices.

If you need a quick, easy, and flavourful autumnal dessert treat, this recipe is for you!

Finally, if you try this recipe, let us know how it goes! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag your photo #theculinarycartel on Instagram so we can see what you come up with. See our Instagram recipe video here. Happy baking!

Pumpkin Snack Cake

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this gluten-free?

Of course, just swap the wheat flour with Gluten Free flour and you are set for a tasty GF snack.

Can I make this vegan?

We haven’t tested a vegan alternative to this cake yet, but if you are going to do something similar, let us know. We’d be thrilled to see what you come up with.


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Pumpkin Snack Cake

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  • Author: Jess Bunn
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Diet: Vegetarian


  • 180g flour
  • 3/4 tsp teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 smashed banana (60g roughly)
  • 200ml oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 220g Grated pumpkin or butternut squash


  • 40g butter

  • 100g cream cheese

  • 150g icing sugar


  • 50g chopped roasted pecans
  • mixed spice


  1. Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl.
  2. In another bowl whisk the eggs and the sugar together, then whisk in the oil and mashed banana.
  3. Make a well in the dry ingredients, then add in the wet ingredients. Stir the cake batter until just combined.
  4. Line the base of a 20cm cake tin with a circle of baking paper. Lightly grease the sides of the tin, then pour in the batter.
  5. Set your air fryer to160C for 55 mins. Once the air fryer has preheated pop the cake tin inside and bake until a skewer inserted into the cake comes out clean.
  6. While the cake bakes, prepare the icing by mixing all the ingredients together until smooth.
  7. Once cooked, remove the cake from the air fryer basket. Set aside to cool completely (about 20-30 minutes)
  8. Spread the icing over your cooled cake, then decorate with chopped pecans and a dusting of mixed spice.


  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 55
  • Category: Dessert, Snack
  • Method: Air Fry
  • Cuisine: Modern


  • Serving Size: 8
  • Calories: 616.56kcal
  • Sugar: 44.57g
  • Sodium: 135.69mg
  • Fat: 38.23g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.22g
  • Trans Fat: 0.15g
  • Carbohydrates: 64.98g
  • Fiber: 1.56g
  • Protein: 6.13g
  • Cholesterol: 84.75mg
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