Love and Confections: Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Angel Food Cake #PumpkinWeek

September 17, 2018

Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Angel Food Cake #PumpkinWeek

Light and fluffy angel food cake gets an Autumn upgrade with pumpkin and spices. This semi-homemade cake is sure to be a hit all season long!

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #PumpkinWeek. All opinions are my own.

Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Angel Food Cake from #PumpkinWeek

I am so excited to share this Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Angel Food Cake recipe with you because not only is it my first pumpkin recipe of the season, it is also the start of #PumpkinWeek! This is my 5th time hosting #PumpkinWeek and I am so happy to be co-hosting with the lovely Christie from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures!

Angel food cake is one of my family's favorite desserts. It is perfect on its own, with a dollop of freshly whipped cream, or topped with fresh seasonal fruit - my favorite is strawberries. I spiced my angel food cake up (literally!) with pumpkin puree and apple pie spice. I chose apple pie spice because I didn't want the added ginger, but you are more than welcome to substitute whichever spice mix you like best.
Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Angel Food Cake from #PumpkinWeek

Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Angel Food Cake starts with (gasp!) a box mix. Yes, you heard it right. I doctored up a box mix and love it so much. I have no shame in using a box mix, because let's be real, sometimes you can't do it all from scratch.

My first attempt, while delicious, just didn't have that light and airy feel like angel food cake should. Back to the drawing board and following Mom's suggestion, I whipped up some egg whites, cream of tartar and sugar to first fold into the pumpkin mixture. That made all the difference. It also created a beautiful, and unexpected, swirl in the finished product. (Thank you Mom for the tip!)

Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Angel Food Cake from #PumpkinWeek

While this cake is delicious on it's own, which is how Little LnC enjoyed her slice, I topped it with Cinnamon Whipped Cream that made it out of this world! The top was also dusted with a little extra cinnamon, because I need this burst of Fall to combat the 'feels like 102 degrees outside' weather. The cooler weather and changing of seasons is something I definitely miss from up North.

Here are some items I used for this recipe: (affiliate links)

Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Angel Food Cake

Love and Confections


  • 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 2 Eggland's Best egg whites, room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1 package Angel Food Cake Mix
  • Water, per package directions


  1. Heat oven to 350F. Do not grease pan!
  2. In large bowl, combine pumpkin, vanilla extract and apple pie spice. Set Aside.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk egg whites and cream of tartar on medium until light and foamy. Slow add sugar, a little at a time, then whip on high until stiff peaks form. Gently fold into pumpkin mixture and set aside.
  4. Prepare angel food mix according to package directions.
  5. Gently fold 1/4 of the angel food mix into the pumpkin mixture. Repeat until all angel food mix is incorporated.
  6. Pour into un-greased angel food cake pan. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center of cake comes out clean.
  7. Immediately invert and cool upside down. Once completely cool, using a sharp knife if necessary, remove from pan.

Cinnamon Whipped Cream


  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup Dixie Crystals Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Chill metal mixing bowl and whisk before whipping.
  2. Combine heavy cream and vanilla in bowl of stand mixer and whip on medium low. Continue increasing speed to medium and whip until soft peaks form. Slowly add in the sugar and cinnamon, a little at a time while whipping. Whip on high until whipped cream has stiff peaks. Refrigerate if not using immediately

Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Angel Food Cake from #PumpkinWeek

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Here are today's #PumpkinWeek recipes:


Caramel Pumpkin Spice Latte from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
Cold Brew Iced Pumpkin Spice Latte from The Nifty Foodie
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Apple Cider from The Crumby Kitchen
The Great Pumpkin Cocktail from Culinary Adventures with Camilla


Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sauce from House of Nash Eats
Creamy Pumpkin Risotto from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
Harvest Pumpkin Soup from Everyday Eileen
Pumpkin & Sausage Pizza from Hardly A Goddess
Pumpkin Carbonara from The Redhead Baker
Pumpkin Chili from The Chef Next Door
Savory Pumpkin Gnocchi from Platter Talk
Pumpkin Quiche from Jonesin' For Taste
Stuffed Pumpkin from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Taiwanese Pumpkin Rice Noodles from Caroline's Cooking

Baked Goods & Desserts:

Chai Frosted Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies from Who Needs A Cape?
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Skillet Cookie from The Bitter Side of Sweet
Pumpkin Pecan Pie Dump Cake from For the Love of Food
Chocolate Swirled Pumpkin Cheesecake from Karen's Kitchen Stories
Classic Pumpkin Roll from Cookaholic Wife
Glazed Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones from Family Around the Table
Homemade Pumpkin Pancakes from Tip Garden
Make-Ahead Pumpkin-Chai Egg Bites from Wholistic Woman
No Bake Pumpkin Cookies from Seduction In The Kitchen
Pumpkin Cake Pops from The Beard and The Baker
Pumpkin Cheesecake Ebelskiver from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls from Amy's Cooking Adventures
Pumpkin Cookie Bars from Eat Move Make
Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie from 4 Sons 'R' Us
Pumpkin Noodle Kugel from The Spiffy Cookie
Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies from Sweet Beginnings
Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups from It Bakes Me Happy
Pumpkin Pie Pull Apart Muffins from Daily Dish Recipes
Pumpkin Snickerdoodles from The Mandatory Mooch
Pumpkin Spice Latte Whoopie Pies from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen
Pumpkin Spice Pancakes from April Golightly
Pumpkin Spice Popovers from Grumpy's Honeybunch
Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
Semi-Homemade Pumpkin Angel Food Cake from Love and Confections
Simple Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes from Cooking with Carlee

Until next time,

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  1. Starting with the cake mix makes this very doable and I love the cinnamon whipped cream

  2. Pumpkin mousse is my favorite.

  3. I love pumpkin whoopie pies.

  4. Pumpkin cheesecake is awesome.

  5. I love pumpkin bread. On the rare occasions it lasts longer than a day I will make french toast with it, sooooo good with maple syrup!

  6. Pumpkin roll is my favorite