Happy Birthday to………
Today I am another year closer to being 1/2 a century old.  
I’m my mother’s age.  Not mine!  
It doesn’t seem like I should be already. 
Not once has turning another year older bothered me.
It has amazed me though.  Amazed me that I am actually that old.
Amazed me that I don’t feel any different than I did as a young girl.
This year is my first year away from my family for my birthday.  That is the part that is the hardest for me.  I guess Grumpy has a lot of work on his hands today to make up for all the love and attention I would have gotten at home.  ;o)
While your here, enjoy a piece of this yummy coffeecake with me, I made two of these and took them to work this week and they were devoured in no time.  I even heard one co-worker say that she “didn’t even breath in between bites”!  Make this if your feeling like pumpkin.  If you’ve had enough of it already, save it for another day.  It will be worth it, I promise!

Caramel Frosted Pumpkin Pie Coffeecake

A delicious pumpkin cake with a caramel frosting. Delicious as a dessert or brunch cake.
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Course: Breakfast & Brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pumpkin Pie Coffeecake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 515kcal



  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 cup candied walnuts


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Karo syrup


  • Preheat oven to 325.  In large mixing bowl mix butter and sugar until creamy.  Mix in pumpkin, sour cream, eggs, and vanilla.  Set aside.
  • Place dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir to combine.  Add flour mixture to wet mixture gradually and mix on medium speed until thoroughly combined.
  • Divide batter between 2-9" round baking pans that have been coated with cooking spray.  Sprinkle each cake with 1/4 cup of candied walnuts.  Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cake is set and a toothpick comes out dry when inserted in the center of the cake.
  • When the cake is done, make the frosting.  Place combined sugar and butter in a heavy saucepan.  
  • Cook until sugar and butter is melted, stirring only occasionally until mixture comes to a boil.  Boil 2-3 minutes then add milk, vanilla, salt, and Karo syrup and boil another 1-2 minutes.  
  • The mixture will begin to thicken.  Remove from heat and stir until no longer bubbly, the frosting will be shiny and easy to pour.  
  • Drizzle evenly over both coffeecakes.  Cool, cut, and enjoy!  


Calories: 515kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 571mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 50g

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Mari September 30, 2011 at 10:55 am - Reply

    A caramel frosted cake makes any birthday special. It looks scrumptious! Congratulations, Shelby 🙂

  2. honeyb September 30, 2011 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Wow, THAT looks deliicous! And I opened a can of pumpkin yesterday, hmmm! Happy Birthday!!!

  3. Tracy September 30, 2011 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Happy birthday! I think we're right around the same age, and I know exactly how you feel. I read an article once that says that even though our body ages, our mental view of ourselves don't change. The disconnect gets greater as you get older. I asked my Grandma about it (when she was alive and in her 90s) and she said she agreed with the article. She'd look in the mirror and think "why is that old lady?" I tried to think of her as her younger self after that.

    Oh, and the coffee cake looks great!

  4. Lesa @Edesia's Notebook September 30, 2011 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Happy Birthday, Shelby! I'm sorry you had a rough week; I hope next week is better. Your cake looks AMAZING! Nice job!

  5. Barbara Bakes September 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday! I love this kind of cake, you can eat it all day long. Hope you have a great day!

  6. claudia @Whats Cookin September 30, 2011 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    I am lost for words with these yummy pictures send me some!

  7. Jersey Girl Cooks September 30, 2011 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Nice cake. This will definitely be on my doto list. Happy happy birthday!

  8. Lana @ Never Enough Thyme September 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    That looks so delicious! Love the frosting on it. Wow.

    And…Happiest of Birthdays to you, Shelby!!! Hope it's a wonderful one.

  9. Leslie September 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Happy Happy Birthday!!!!

  10. Fallon September 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Happy Birthday Shelby!! What a delicious coffee cake, caramel and pumpkin? Definitely needs a cup of coffee to go with it!

  11. Heidi / D-Tales September 30, 2011 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    Happy, happy birthday!!! I hope Grumpy makes the day special for you!!

    And that cake? Well, it looks like a fine way to start another year. Mmm mmm mmm! 🙂

  12. The Duo Dishes October 1, 2011 at 1:08 am - Reply

    The pumpkin baked goods season is upon us. Good one to add to the batch.

  13. Megan October 2, 2011 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    This coffeecake is right up my alley and I'm sure it will be made sometime very soon! Happy birthday Shelby! Our birthdays are about a week apart. Mine is Friday, the 8th. But I have four years on ya. No birthday has ever really bothered me but I dont enjoy the fif in fifty. It just sounds so old and it sounds like I'm talking about my dad, not me. LOL I'm glad you had a terrific day and this coffeecake!
    Hmmm, maybe I should make this for my birthday!

  14. Cindi @ Moomette's Magnificents October 2, 2011 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    What a delightful dessert for the fall! Pinned it!

  15. Tupper Cooks! October 2, 2011 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    My god girl that looks outasight!

  16. Curt October 4, 2011 at 12:24 pm - Reply

    Man does that frosting look good! Can you tell I have a major sweet tooth?

  17. d.liff October 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Looks unbelievable. Can't wait to try it!!

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