*This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more details!*

Three layer pumpkin spice latte cake with pumpkin spice coffee sponges, and pumpkin spice buttercream frosting and a chocolate drip!


So, the season is upon us… Autumn, pumpkin spice latte season… whatever you prefer. But either way, this is the ideal time to post another delicious recipe that involves the wonder that is pumpkin spice. Technically it was the first day of Autumn yesterday, so my timing really is on point.

Pumpkin spice drip cake

I have a few other pumpkin spice recipes on my blog already, such as my pumpkin spice cheesecake, pumpkin spice cupcakes and so on… but I wanted a full on cake. I wanted to create the look that I have been digging for a while now, with an all round beautiful drip cake! My favourite. 

Pumpkin spice

The flavouring of pumpkin spice and I could be wrong here, basically originates from the famous Starbucks drink that is back without fail, every autumn.

It as far as I am aware doesn’t actually contain any pumpkin, or at least the spices I used don’t. It’s a mixture of ground spices, that almost can taste Christmas like if you get the spices mixed up when making it.

Mix together ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and ginger and you have a wonderous warming flavour that suits drinks, desserts, and cakes.

Homemade pumpkin spice mix

My homemade pumpkin spice mix is so easy, and the recipe can be found at the bottom of this page. 

The main flavouring you get is cinnamon, but the other spices, particularly the ground cloves and allspice, bring it back out of Christmas and into Autumn nicely. Because it is basically a lot of dried spices, you really don’t need too much.

You can always use less or more than I specify, but that’s entirely up to you. This is basically just a bigger version of my Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes. I have sort of increased it and multiplied it to make it a real showstopper! 


The cute little pumpkin sprinkles on top are from Wilton, and I am ever so slightly in love with them. I wanted to use the usual pumpkin marshmallows that I have used in the past, as I just couldn’t resist them. The marshmallows are from Asda! 

I didn’t feel like the cake needed toooo much decoration as it looks quite showstopper like as it is, however… any drip cake is quite the showstopper. The contrast of a dark chocolate drip, with the bright orange pumpkins, is beautiful!

Smaller version

There are notes in the recipe on how to make a smaller version of this cake, but I love a three layer cake as you can tell. I always find the height of a three layer cake is pretty much the minimum needed for a drip cake, otherwise the drip won’t have far enough to go! 

Recipe update

This recipe post has been updated in October 2019, as I wasn’t a fan of the original images at all. The original cake sponges were the same, and the decoration the same as my Nutella cake – you need about 2/3 of the buttercream for the original if you fancied making it that way!

I hope you all love this autumnal cake as much as I do!! Enjoy!! X

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake!

Three layer pumpkin spice latte cake with pumpkin spice coffee sponges, and pumpkin spice buttercream frosting and a chocolate drip!
Print Pin Rate
Category: Cake
Type: Cake
Keyword: Pumpkin Spice
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Decorating Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 20 Slices
Author: Jane's Patisserie



  • 400 g unsalted butter
  • 400 g light brown sugar
  • 400 g self raising flour
  • 8 medium eggs
  • 2 tsp pumpkin spice mix
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee


  • 350 g unsalted butter
  • 700 g icing sugar
  • 2 tsp pumpkin spice mix
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • 75 g dark chocolate
  • 75 g milk chocolate
  • 150 ml double cream
  • Halloween sprinkles
  • Halloween marshmallows



  • Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan and line three 20cm/8inch cake tins with baking parchment – leave to the side.
  • In a stand mixer, beat together the butter and light brown sugar until light and fluffy. 
  • Dissolve the instant coffee in 2tbsp of boiling water.
  • Add in the flour, pumpkin spice, eggs, and coffee and beat again briefly until combined. Try not to over beat the mixture! 
  • Divide the mixture between the three tins and smooth it over – bake for 25-30 minutes until a skewer comes out clean when poked, and when the cake springs back.
  • Once baked, leave the cake to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, and then remove and leave to cool fully on a wire rack. If the cake has domed slightly, leave the cake to cool upside down to flatten it slightly.


  • Beat the butter on its own in a stand mixer or bowl for a couple of minutes so it's really supple and soft.
  • Add in the pumpkin spice mix, and the vanilla, and beat again.
  • Gradually add in the icing sugar until all of it is combined and beat for a good few minutes. 
  • If it's still really stiff, add one tablespoon of boiling water at a time, until its pipeable. 


  • For each layer of the cake, add a sponge, and slather on some of the buttercream. 
  • Repeat again with the next layer, and then the final layer.
  • Spread and smooth some buttercream around the top and sides of the cake - personally I find it easier to do a very thin coat first to seal in the crumbs, put the cake in the fridge for 20 minutes, and then do a thicker layer for the final coat.
  • Set the cake in the fridge again for 20 minutes.
  • Melt the dark chocolate, milk chocolate and cream carefully until smooth.
  • Carefully drip the chocolate down the sides of the cake with a small disposable piping bag and then cover the top with the rest of the chocolate. Leave the chocolate to sit for a few minutes, and then pipe on some swirls of buttercream.
  • Sprinkle on your favourite sprinkles and add some spooky marshmallows!


And you can find a homemade pumpkin spice mix here:

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix

An easy homemade pumpkin spice mix
Print Pin Rate
Category: baking
Keyword: Pumpkin Spice
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Author: Jane's Patisserie


  • 3 tbsps ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsps ground ginger
  • 2 tsps ground nutmeg
  • 1.5 tsp all spice
  • 1.5 tsp ground cloves


  • Add the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves to a bowl and whisk until even and incorporated – store in a jar.


Find my other Recipes on my Recipes Page!

You can find me on:

J x

© Jane’s Patisserie. All images & content are copyright protected. Do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words and credit me, or link back to this post for the recipe.

This post may contain Affiliate Links.


  1. Sharni Richards on October 9, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    5 stars
    Could you use this recipe for two 8inch tins? And slice them on half when cool? Xxx

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 13, 2022 at 3:08 pm

      Hiya! Yes you can, but baking time will change and the sponges will end up relatively thin! Hope this helps! x

  2. Kim on October 14, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    Can I make this without coffee??

  3. Christine on October 4, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    Hello Jane,

    i just tried baking this yesterday and i couldn’t get pass Step 2 🙁 I think my pans are 9 inch – do you recommend updated measurements for me?

  4. Kiran Devi on October 3, 2021 at 8:36 am

    hiya, how would i adjust the ingredients to make a loaf cake please?

  5. Mandy Archer on November 2, 2020 at 9:35 am

    5 stars
    I made this for Halloween this weekend. Instead of buttercream I used your cream cheese frosting recipe adding the pumpkin spice to it.

    It tasted amazing and all my family loved the flavours even though they were not sure when I told them what I’d made.

    Recommend to everyone to make this and I’ll be making it again

  6. Sami on October 31, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Hi Jane! I’m going to have a go at this as a two layer cake and will use your measurements for the cake mix that you said below, but with the icing would that be the same amounts of everything as the recipe? 😊

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 31, 2020 at 1:16 pm

      I would use 2/3! Xx

    • Sami on October 31, 2020 at 3:35 pm

      Thank you so much! Would 1/2 tsp xanthan gum work with GF flour or should I put in less than that? X

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 31, 2020 at 5:24 pm

      I would say at least 1/2tsp xx

  7. Lauren on October 23, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    Would I use the same amount of cake mixture for cupcakes please?

  8. Mary on October 2, 2020 at 9:05 am

    Hi Jane, love your recipes and website and I will be doing this!!
    Pumpkin spice originates from the spices used in pumpkin pie. I am originally Canadian and whilst yiu never see pumpkin pie over here, it is the think of dreams 😁.
    Starbucks will have taken their drink from this classic americanised dessert.

  9. Connor Hemsworth on September 29, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    5 stars
    Never made a pumpkin bodice latte cake before and so glad I have tried your recipe for the first one taste amazing 😍 x

  10. Claire Caldicott on September 28, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Could this be used for cupcakes?

  11. Iqra on June 20, 2020 at 1:43 am

    Can you omit the coffee to make o spiced pumpkin cake

  12. Kelly on October 23, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Hi Jane. I love all of your recipes and love the new Tasty videos you’ve done! My question is where did you get the pumpkin marshmallows from please? So effective yet simple at the same time! Thank you.

    • Faye Hemeter on October 24, 2019 at 11:10 pm

      They are from Asda!

  13. Cora Jones on October 21, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    If I wanted to make this into a smaller two layer cake what would you recommend in terms of ingredients and baking times?

    • Jane's Patisserie on October 22, 2018 at 8:41 am

      Use 300g of the sugar, flour, butter, 6 medium eggs and split between two 8″ baking tins, and it’ll take about 5 more minutes to bake x

    • Cora Jones on October 22, 2018 at 12:47 pm

      Thankyou !!

Leave a Comment

Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.