Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes plus cooling
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 10-12 servings
â€¢1 package yellow cake mix (regular size)
â€¢1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin, divided
â€¢1/2 cup milk
â€¢1/3 cup canola oil
â€¢1-1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, divided
â€¢1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
â€¢1 cup confectioners' sugar
â€¢1 carton (16 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
â€¢1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
â€¢1/3 cup chopped Diamond of California® Pecans, toasted
â€¢In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, 1 cup pumpkin, milk, eggs, oil and 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into two greased and floured 9-in. round baking pans.
â€¢ Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
â€¢ In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the confectioners' sugar and remaining pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice; beat until smooth. Fold in whipped topping.
â€¢ Cut each cake horizontally into two layers. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; spread with a fourth of the filling. Repeat layers three times. Drizzle with caramel topping; sprinkle with pecans. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: 10-12 servings.