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Luscious Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake

KimKim Casto
servings:Makes 16 servings.
prep time:
20 min
total time:
1 hr 50 min

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. (2-layer size) yellow cake mix
  • 1 can (15 oz.) pumpkin, divided
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, divided
  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) COOL WHIP Whipped Topping, thawed
  • 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 1/4 cup PLANTERS Chopped Pecans
Luscious Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake photo

directions

  • 1

    HEAT oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 2 (9-inch) round baking pans. Beat cake mix, 1 cup pumpkin, milk, oil, eggs and 1 tsp. spice in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Pour into prepared pans.

  • 2

    BAKE 28 to 30 min. or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 min. Remove from pans to wire racks; cool completely. Beat cream cheese in small bowl with mixer until creamy. Add sugar, remaining pumpkin and spice; mix well. Gently stir in COOL WHIP.

  • 3

    CUT each cake layer horizontally in half with serrated knife; stack on serving plate, spreading cream cheese filling between layers. (Do not frost top layer.) Drizzle with caramel topping just before serving; sprinkle with nuts. Refrigerate leftovers.

  • 1

    How to Slice and Stack Cake LayersPlace 1 of the cooled cake layers on serving plate. Make 2-inch horizontal cut around side of cake, using long serrated knife. Cut all the way through cake layer to make 2 layers. Remove top layer by sliding it onto 9-inch round cardboard circle.

  • 2

    Frost cake layer on plate with 1/3 of COOL WHIP mixture. Slide top half of split cake layer from cardboard circle onto frosted layer on plate. Place the remaining unsplit cake layer on a cutting board. Cut into 2 layers as done for the first layer. Repeat process of transferring cake layers to stacked cake layers on plate using the cardboard circle.SubstituteOmit caramel sauce. Microwave 10 KRAFT Caramels and 1 Tbsp. milk in microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until caramels begin to melt. Stir until caramels are completely melted. Drizzle over cake just before serving; sprinkle with pecans.

notes

This cake is beautiful for the holidays!

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