Pumpkin Dream Cake

I have been craving a pumpkin dessert recipe and when I saw one for “Pumpkin Dream Cake”  on Pinterest, I decided that was it! Unfortunately, this recipe used ingredients we don’t eat like Cool Whip, pumpkin pudding mix and flour. So I decided to make my own healthier version using real cream, canned pumpkin and a coconut flour/pecan crust.

Paleo pumpkin cake

This cake is ridiculously yummy. Fluffy, soft, with a delicious taste of fall pumpkin flavor.

The Crust:
The original crust was made with flour and pecans to taste like a pecan sandie, so I was excited to find a very similar grain-free pecan crust recipe on Paleospirit.com.  I didn’t make any changes to this recipe and thought the crust came out great. Very sturdy, moist and a slight pecan flavor.

Ingredients for a 9×13 pan:

  • 1 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 3/4 cup toasted pecan halves
  • 4 large eggs
  • 8 tablespoons chilled pastured butter or coconut oil (I used butter)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar (I just used powdered sugar)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt


  • Combine the coconut flour, 1/2 cup pecan halves, fat (either pastured butter or virgin coconut oil), coconut sugar and salt in food processor and pulse until combined and pecans are finely chopped
  • Add the eggs and pulse until a dough is formed. If your dough isn’t “wet” enough, try adding another egg
  • Spread the dough evenly into the bottom and sides of a greased 9×13 inch pan and top with some powdered sugar (optional)
  • Bake at 350 for approximately 20 minutes or until crust is set
  • Cool completely (I put mine in the fridge while I made the other ingredients)

grain free pecan crust

Cake Layers


  • 3.5 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 16 oz. cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • Two cans pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling. You want the unsweetened stuff)
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (or some cinnamon, nutmeg and clove
  • 1/2 – 1/5 cups powdered sugar (depending on how sweet you like it. I used minimal sugar and thought it was delicious)


  • Beat heavy whipping cream with 1/4 cup powdered sugar (or however much you want for taste) until smooth and creamy
  • Place whipped cream in a separate bowl
  • Beat cream cheese and 1.5 cups whipped cream until smooth. Add some powdered sugar if it’s not sweet enough for your taste.
  • Spread cream cheese mixture on top of the crust. Make sure the crust is totally cool or the heat will melt the whipped cream.
  • Next, mix the two cans of pumpkin puree, 1/2 cup whipped cream and spices until smooth. Spread over cream cheese layer. (here’s what the canned pumpkin we use looks like from Trader Joe’s)
  •  For the final layer, just top the cake with the rest of the whipped cream until smooth and top with a sprinkling of nutmeg for looks.

We really enjoyed this dessert and will be making it again soon. It went too quickly! (probably because Luke took an entire row to work for his lunch lol).

Check out the original recipe on sweettreatsmore.com. 

Happy fall!

8 thoughts on “Pumpkin Dream Cake

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  2. KB – I have taken out all references to this recipe being Paleo, because you’re right, it’s not. I did this recipe when I was first exploring Paleo and trying to remake some of my favorite cheats to be healthier.

    Thank you for being the Paleo police and spending your precious free time trolling the internet to find recipes that aren’t quite up to your pure Paleo standards. It takes a special person to dedicate so much time to calling out total strangers!

  3. How is this “closer to paleo than the original?” Oh, it must be because you used coconut oil that you want to jump on the paleo bandwagon. Paleo lifestyle isn’t a relative term. You’re relating / comparing / equating a recipe FULL of sugar and processed items (plus dairy) to a lifestyle that promotes full elimination of exactly that. Paleo lifestyle does NOT equal the use of coconut themed products.

  4. This recipe doesn’t even resemble the paleo lifestyle ! You really should learn a bit about something before you use a “marketing keyword” – your readers won’t be back.

  5. Paleo Truth Sisters- that is why I clearly state at the beginning that this is a Paleo+dairy recipe and not a “true Paleo recipe” but much closer to Paleo than the original recipe.
    I encourage you to follow what works best for your body of course, though.

  6. I’m not trying to be rude in anyway, but this recipe is so far from Paleo and I really encourage you to change the name. I’m Paleo due to pretty severe intolerances and there is no way I could even take a bite of this and get not get sick. Cream cheese and powdered sugar do not equal “pretty healthy.” Although I’m sure it’s absolutely delicious.

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