Easy Low Fat Pumpkin Sheet Cake

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This 5-ingredient pumpkin cake is so good, you would never know it is guilt-free!

This past Saturday, I took some of my own advice and set aside a day where no work would be done!  It was actually something I scheduled a few weeks ago when the Jewish holidays had me swamped.  Scheduling time off is one of the best ways I can really force myself to take a break and a good way to motivate myself when things are a little crazy.

Easy Low Fat Pumpkin Sheet Cake from Keep It Sweet Desserts

The day off meant getting to hang out with Matt.  We did mostly everyday activities like working out, grocery shopping and watching TV, but that is just how I like it.  The highlight of Saturday, though, was homemade pizza and champagne for dinner with some junky movies on the television.  It was our second time making pizza dough from scratch and I was reminded of just how worthwhile the few extra minutes of making dough can be.

Easy Low Fat Pumpkin Sheet Cake from Keep It Sweet Desserts

Of course, I couldn’t end the day without dessert.  And since it was an “off” day, I let myself cheat a little with cake mix.  Oh, but in case you were worried I at least made two cakes: chocolate cake for Matt and pumpkin cake for me.  I couldn’t help myself.

Easy Low Fat Pumpkin Sheet Cake from Keep It Sweet Desserts

This cake recipe is actually a nod to my college days.  Cooking usually consisted of boca burgers, egg beaters and salads with the occasional stir fry thrown in.  And while I loved to bake, we didn’t keep many basic ingredients in the apartment so cake mix recipes were the perfect solution.  I actually made a version of this cake for my roomate’s birthday one year (miss you, Rach!).  Pretty sure she and I ate most of it ourselves…

Easy Low Fat Pumpkin Sheet Cake from Keep It Sweet Desserts

The best part about this cake (besides the short list of ingredients and ease of making) is how moist and delicious it is without having much fat.  The moisture in the pumpkin gives the cake a perfect texture and you don’t even need frosting.  But a cake without frosting, what fun would that be?

Easy Low Fat Pumpkin Sheet Cake
Serves 15

1 15.25 box spice cake mix
1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1/2 cup water
1 1.4 box pumpkin spice instant pudding
1 cup light almond milk OR 1 1/4 cup skim milk
1 8-ounce container fat free cool whip
Optional:  Fall sprinkles and gingersnap crumbs

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees; spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside
In a large bowl, stir together cake mix, pumpkin and water until combined
Spread into baking dish and bake 25-30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean from the center
Set cake aside to cool and prepare frosting
In a large bowl, whisk together pudding mix and milk for two minutes
Fold in cool whip just until combined
Spread frosting over cake and serve; store leftovers in refrigerator up to 3 days

Easy Low Fat Pumpkin Sheet Cake from Keep It Sweet Desserts

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6 Responses to “Easy Low Fat Pumpkin Sheet Cake”

  1. Joanne October 9, 2012 at 6:45 am #

    You, my love, DEFINITELY deserve an off day!! Or an off week given how hard you work! You really dolled up this cake mix! And you’re right…absolutely NO cake is complete without frosting.

  2. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite October 9, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    This looks amazing! And I think is a perfect way to enjoy the treats of the season guilt-free :)

  3. Kristina October 9, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    sometimes a box cake mix is the best thing… this sounds fantastic!

  4. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray October 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm #

    Yay, I’m so glad you took a day for yourself! Well deserved. :)

  5. Valerie October 10, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    I know it may be wrong, but I Love boxed spice cake mix! (It’s so hard to replicate…why?) :D

    This cake looks deliciously moist and bursting with all things fall!
    Also, I love that you had pizza and champagne. xo

  6. Sues October 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    I really need to schedule a day like that, too! This cake looks out of this world! And I had no idea Jell-o made pumpkin spice pudding!