Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

A sure crowd-pleaser, this is one of the EASIEST and yummiest gluten-free desserts ever! It requires just 1 bowl and 10 minutes to prep.... and each time yields the yummiest cake with an amazing moist, soft & fluffy texture! No one will guess it's Gluten-Free! Plus, the cream cheese frosting is unreal!

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Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Easy recipe for the yummiest Gluten-Free Pumpkin Sheet Cake!

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On the hunt for an easy gluten-free dessert that is a sure crowd pleaser? Search no further!

This Pumpkin Sheet Cake with cream cheese frosting is beyond!

Backstory…  A few years ago I was at a friend’s house the night before Thanksgiving while she was whipping up 2 full sheet pans of this cake for a large Thanksgiving gathering she was going to the next day.

She said she makes this every year and both sheet pans always disappear!

Before the evening was over, I was holding the recipe in hand and couldn’t wait to try it with my favorite gluten-free all purpose flour, GF Jules (affiliate link).

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In case you’re new here, you should know we are huge fans of GF Jules flour (affiliate link) because it was the first gluten-free flour we discovered when my son was first diagnosed with celiac disease (over 9 years ago) that allowed us to make our favorite gluten-based recipes by simply substituting the flour.  We never looked back.

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Back to the gluten-free Pumpkin Sheet Cake…

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It is always a hit and it is one of the easiest gluten-free desserts ever to make.

Literally place all the ingredients in a bowl, mix and spread into a rimmed baking sheet and bake.  

The frosting is a classic cream cheese frosting that spreads easily and is beyond yummy.

All you need is 8 ingredients:

gluten-free flour (we used GF Jules, affiliate link)


canned pumpkin

canola oil

baking soda




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Everything mixes up in minutes in one bowl.

Isn’t the batter such a pretty color?

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Then you pour the batter onto a greased, rimmed baking sheet and bake.

The frosting is a classic and easy cream cheese frosting made with 4 ingredients:


cream cheese

powdered sugar 


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After the cake cools, you simply spread smooth and creamy frosting on to the cake.

If I were serving this at a party or event, I would have spread the frosting to the edges but I wanted you to see the pumpkin cake beneath.

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Serve as is or sprinkle with colored sprinkles to make festive for Halloween or Thanksgiving.


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Perfect as a non-candy Halloween treat, party or Thanksgiving dessert or just a simple treat any day of the week!

I have served this at family dinners, brought it to teacher’s lunches and made it for friends… it is always a hit!

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Pro Tip: The recipe can be easily halved and made in a half size rimmed baking sheet, as I have done here and it comfortably serves 10-12.

Whatever size you make, just be sure to save a slice for yourself… it vanishes quickly!

Want a slice?

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Hope you love it as much as we do!

For more pumpkin recipes, try our:

Pumpkin Pie Bars

Perfect Pumpkin Bread

Baked Pumpkin Donuts with Cinnamon Sugar

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Energy Bite

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Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

A sure crowdpleaser, this is one of the easiest and yummiest desserts ever! The cake is moist, has a great soft texture, a subtle pumpkin flavor and it's topped with a creamy, decadent cream cheese frosting. Recipe halves well and can be made in a half-rimmed baking sheet to serve approximately 10-12 people. Original recipe from a friend, adapted to be gluten-free.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Dessert, Holidays, Thanksgiving, Halloween
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Keyword: easy gluten-free cake recipe, gluten-free pumpkin recipes, gluten-free fall recipes, pumpkin sheet cake recipe, gluten-free pumpkin sheet cake with cream cheese frosting, gluten-free pumpkin sheet cake recipe
Servings: 24 slices
Author: Healthy Gluten-free Family



  • 2 cups gluten-free all purpose flour with xanthan gum we used GF Jules
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup canola oil or oil of choice
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature


  • 1 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup butter or dairy-free butter, room temperature equivalent to 1 stick butter
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a rimmed baking sheet (or sheet cake pan) well. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together well (I used an electric mixer) and pour into rimmed baking sheet
  • Bake 18-20 minutes or until edges start pulling away from pan.
  • Let cool before frosting.


  • Cream all ingredients together and spread on cake once cake is baked and cooled.
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48 thoughts on “Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. 5 stars
    I love this cake! So easy to make and great flavor. I added some allspice and clove to add to the warmth of the cinnamon, but it would be just as delicious as is. And using the sheet pan makes it quick to bake and easy to serve. Will definitely make again!

    1. Yay! So happy you love it too Jerilyn! Additional spices are a great add. And yes, the sheet pan makes it perfect for serving a crowd!

    1. Hi… The recipe is written for a full size baking sheet. But I often cut it in half and make a half size baking sheet (approximately 14.5 inches by 10 inches). Depends on how many people you are feeding. The half size baking sheet feeds 10-12. Let me know how you like it.

  2. You suggest GF Jules Flour, but I have Bobs Red Mill and Better Batter on hand. Do you think those will work as well?

  3. 5 stars
    LOVE this recipe!! I watched you make this on Instagram stories and I had all the ingredients, so I decided to give it a try. So glad I did! This recipe is so EASY and tastes DELICIOUS! This will definitely be on repeat. Every recipe I have tried from your website has been good. Now, everyday, I am like…”wonder what Karen @healthygffamily is making today”. Thanks for all you do!

  4. 5 stars
    We LOVE this cake! So easy to make and a great one for little helpers in the kitchen! My two year old helped out and was so proud of how it turned out. I also couldn’t keep his little fingers out of the frosting. It’s just so tasty and perfect for the Fall and holiday season!

  5. 5 stars
    My 12 year old son and I made this today. It was great and will feed a crowd! We used coconut oil that we melted instead of the Canola oil and it worked great!

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe was delicious! So good and moist, perfect amount of sweetness with the frosting. I made a half batch and used a 9×13 pyrex since my half sheet pan was not the right size.

  7. 5 stars
    This cake is so delicious that my family ate half of it before it was even frosted! It comes together so easily. I would recommend this cake for any occasion.

  8. 4 stars
    Loved this! Used duck eggs for egg free(chicken egg free) and used coconut oil melted for the butter to make dairy free. Made it twice in 3 weeks! Sooo good!

  9. 5 stars
    Love your recipes! This has been my go to dessert for parties this time of year. Super easy to make. Everyone always comments on how moist and yummy these are and no one can tell they are gluten free. ?

  10. I have made this twice using gf flour (Bob’s Red Mill) that does not contain xanthum gum (I have an allergy to it). It takes about 12-15 minutes extra to bake, but it turns out super fluffy and, of course, very yummy! This is my go-to cake recipe. My entire family loves it!

  11. I have made this almost exact recipe prior to becoming GF but it had baking powder in it as well. Yours doesn’t require it?

  12. Does anyone have any thoughts on baking this in any other kind of pan? Like a bundt pan or two rounds?

    1. I haven’t but it is a very forgiving recipe… 2 rounds should work well (just not sure how tall each cake will be) as should a bundt pan… As for baking, I would use the same oven temperature and check after 20 minutes with a toothpick or knife and then decide how much longer they need to bake. Lmk if you make it

  13. Id like to make this but we aren’t gluten free here, can I use all purpose flour instead of the gluten free flour?

  14. I have come to love this recipe…so easy and so delicious! I make it for my students at work and no one knows it’s gf! I also made a vegan version for my co-worker and it worked out very well!!

  15. I made this for a work potluck and it was DELICIOUS! No one knew it was gluten free until I told them! Love your recipes!
    *I used KAF with xanthum gum

  16. 2 cups of jul’s four weighs 270g when you on the metric tab says 473.18g thats 3.5 cups of jul’s flour which one is right ?

    1. As I am not proficient in metric measurements, you stumped me so I just measured it on my cooking scale and you are correct! The correct measurement is 277g when I measure… the metric measurements I use are an app that automatically converts my recipes from us customary to metric. I will definitely look into this! Thank you!!!

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