Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cake with Cinnamon Glaze

October 17, 2012 | by Jocie (email) |

I love pumpkin and I love dessert. A lot. This fall I have been concocting lots of different recipes and desserts using pumpkin. Some have been good and some have been not so good. This one falls into the amazing category.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cake from One Project Closer

I made it for the first time a couple of weeks ago when we had some friends over to play cards, and it was a big hit! At the time, I posted on FB about it and many people asked that I share the recipe. Life got busy and I forgot about it.

I made it again this past weekend for our family birthday get-together and everyone loved it! My sister reminded me yesterday that she wanted the recipe, so I figured I should finally share it.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cake from One Project Closer

A few notes about this recipe….

I love to bake but usually bake desserts from boxes. It’s so cheap and easy, although probably not the healthiest. What I love about this recipe is that it still uses the box mix but with a few changes and additions.

Second, this recipe uses cinnamon chips. Seriously, they are the best. thing. ever. I haven’t been able to find them in local grocery stores, but our Great Harvest Bread Co. has been kind enough to sell them to me. Probably not at an amazing price, but honestly I would probably sell an organ for these! They are that good.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cake from One Project Closer

A small tangent – if you haven’t tried Great Harvest Bread Co. breads and desserts, you are missing out. Go there now! My favorite are the cheddar garlic breads with real chunks of cheddar. They also will give your children coloring pages to color and put on the wall…and then they give them a cookie. Not a little cookie, a HUGE cookie. Not gonna lie, I have both girls color a page so they both get cookies, and then I eat one of them and make the girls share. I’m not even ashamed.

All that to say, if you don’t have a Great Harvest Bread Co. around you, you can also order them on Amazon, although shipping is crazy expensive. I have not ordered them for that reason, plus I love an excuse to go to Great Harvest. These are also wonderful in pancakes, breads, anything and everything!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cake from One Project Closer

If the suspense is killing you, wait no longer…here is my amazingly moist, perfectly sweet and pumpkiny cake recipe!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cake


  • One – Box of Yellow Cake Mix
  • One – 15 oz. canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 c. oil (vegetable or canola)
  • 1/2 – 2/3 c. water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. cinnamon chips

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cake from One Project Closer


1. Mix it all really well, stirring in the cinnamon chips last.

2. Cook as directed on the box.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cake from One Project Closer

Cinnamon Glaze

Another super simple recipe and directions….

1. Buy some store-bought vanilla icing.

2. Put it in the microwave for 15-20 seconds or until soft but not overly runny.

3. Mix in about 1 tsp of cinnamon (to taste)

4. Pour or spoon over cake.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cake from One Project Closer

Haha. Pretty simple, right?

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cake from One Project Closer

Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cake from One Project Closer

What do you think? What fabulous box recipe adaptations do you use?

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18 Responses
  1. The grocery stores in my area have Hersey’s cinnamon chips (Cub Foods owned by SUPERVALU). That looks sooo good.

  2. frazzled5 says:

    This makes me super hungry! Great celebration

  3. poiboybf says:

    Yum. Perfect time of year for pumpkin. I’m pretty solidly entrenched in the brownie category, but for that I might be willing to diversify my dessert portfolio.

  4. trebor says:

    That looks amazing Jocie! I’ll have to try them out sometime!!

  5. Blondeerin79 says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I can’t wait to make the cake since yours was sooooo good. I will have to look at my grocery store for the Hershey’s chips since we live to close to Hershey! Giant bakery makes cinnamon chip muffins, so I might be able to get the chips from them too…

  6. Blondeerin79 says:

    There is reason you love me Jocie!!!!

    Follow this link to search by zipcode for the cinnamon chips:

    I checked for you and they sell them at Safeway in Ellicott City

  7. Blondeerin79 says:

    SO… how about the pumpkin cinnamon chip pancake recipe now?

  8. MissFixIt says:

    what Cinnamon chips !! I don’t even think they sell those in Canada. We’re deprived of all the goodies our neighbour to the South gets.

    That looks delicious though.

    Om Nom

    • Jocie says:

      hahaha for real. My sister did some serious looking after I posted this and she also found them at walmart! i guess they are getting popular!

  9. cbadaracco says:

    I love that trick with the icing! I’m going to have to try that the next time I make a bundt cake. This cake looks amazing…pinning this!

  10. katieQ says:

    I’ve never heard of cinnamon chips. I’ll have to check and see if our market has them so I can try this recipe.

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