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3 Ingredient Pumpkin Cloud Cake (No Flour, Eggs, Butter or Oil)

This unique pumpkin-flavored cake is so light and fluffy that it is like eating a cloud. It is just 3 ingredients and doesn’t require any flour, eggs, butter or oil. It is a fun dessert to serve to family and friends.
a slice of pumpkin cloud cake on a small white plate.

This pumpkin cake is a fun dessert to try. When you slice into it, it looks like a cake but it isn’t really a cake. It is very light and fluffy and melts in your mouth. This dessert is also packed with pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavor.


  • Pumpkin Pie Mix
  • Applesauce
  • Gelatin Powder

Pumpkin Pie Mix: This recipe uses canned pumpkin pie mix to give the dessert its pumpkin flavor and sweetness. Pumpkin pie mix is pumpkin puree that is already mixed with sugar and spices. You can also make your own pumpkin pie mix using pumpkin puree, sugar and pumpkin spice. I don’t recommend just using plain pumpkin puree because your cake won’t be sweet enough.

Applesauce: This recipe uses unsweetened applesauce. Make sure to use unsweetened. Sweetened applesauce sold in supermarkets often is sweetened with syrup which prevents the batter from fluffing up. Applesauce is used in this recipe for a few reasons. First, pumpkin puree is too thick on its own, so adding applesauce will help thin out the puree. In addition, applesauce adds a nice flavor and some texture to the cake. Also because applesauce is not completely smooth, it helps create the look of the “crumbs” of the cake.

Gelatin powder: This recipe uses unflavored gelatin powder. The gelatin is what gives the dessert its structure.
a slice of cake on a plate with a fork.

How to Make Pumpkin Cloud Cake

The pumpkin and applesauce are first mixed together. The gelatin is then stirred in. Adding the gelatin will initially make the puree mixture very thick. The mixture is then heated on a stove to fully dissolve the gelatin. As it heats up and the gelatin dissolves, you will see the mixture become much thinner, like a soup. Once dissolved, the mixture is poured into a mixing bowl of a stand mixer. Let the mixture cool for about 15 minutes and then beat it on highest speed with the mixer until the mixture turns light and fluffy, almost like whipped cream. Turn off the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl. Then beat for 5 more minutes until the mixture becomes even fluffier and can hold a soft peak.
four photos showing how to make the pumpkin mixture.
The batter is then poured into a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Place it into the fridge until set and then it’s ready to serve. If desired, add frosting on top before cutting and serving. I added whipped cream frosting to mine.

Cloud Cake Texture

This dessert looks like a cake but will not have the texture of a cake. It is very light, soft and fluffy and melts in your mouth as you eat it.
a slice of frosted cloud cake on a plate.

More Cloud Cake Recipes

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Cloud Cake

Servings: 12 slices
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
This unique pumpkin flavored dessert looks like a cake and is light and fluffy and feels like you are eating a cloud. It is just 3 ingredients and doesn't require flour, eggs, butter or oil.
4.20 from 5 votes


  • 1 1/4 cups (323 g) canned pumpkin pie mix
  • 1 1/4 cups (314 g) unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tbsp +1 tsp (21 g) unflavored gelatin powder


  • Use a large sheet of parchment paper to line the sides and bottom of a 9 inch square pan. You want to use a single sheet so that you can lift the cake out of the pan after.
  • Add pumpkin and applesauce to a large heat-proof mixing bowl. Whisk until evenly combined. Sprinkle gelatin across the surface. Whisk until gelatin is fully incorporated. The gelatin powder should make your puree thicker and chunkier.
  • Using the double boiler method on the stove, heat the puree and dissolve the gelatin completely. As your mixture heats up, it should become noticeably thinner and soupier, like a pumpkin bisque consistency (see photo in post for reference). The mixture should feel warm to the touch, but not too hot to touch. Be sure to whisk any lumps of gelatin until fully dissolved. Then remove the bowl from the stove.
  • Pour the batter into the bowl of a stand mixer. Let your batter cool to room temperature (about 15 minutes). You may need less time if your kitchen is very cool or cold. You only need to wait until the mixture not longer feels very warm but it should not be fully cooled. Using the wire whisk attachment, beat the batter on highest speed for about 15 minutes. Your mixture should look light and fluffy and change to a lighter shade of orange (more like an orange yellow). Stop your mixer. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. It's important to stop your mixer for a few seconds before whipping again. Just make sure you don't stop too long (only about 30 seconds to 1 minute). Beat again on the highest speed for another 5 minutes or until the batter has increased even more in volume and looks very light and airy and resembles whipped cream. When you stop your mixer, your batter should be able to hold a soft peak (see photo in post for reference).
  • Working quickly, pour the batter into your prepared pan. It is important to do this right away because the batter will begin to solidify soon after you stop beating (within a few minutes). Use a spatula to spread it evenly across the pan and smooth the surface. Place it into the fridge until set. To check if cake is set, press lightly on the surface. The cake should not be wet or liquid and it should feel springy and bounce back. It should only take about 15-30 minutes to fully set but I like to keep it in for at least 1 hour so that the cake completely chills as well.
  • Keep the cake in the fridge until ready to serve. Before serving, you can decorate the cake with whipped cream frosting or other frosting. Slice cake with a very large and sharp knife. The cake is best served chilled. Store any uneaten cake in the fridge.


  • You do need to be careful about adding the correct quantities. Adding too much puree will prevent the mixture from whipping up. Adding too much gelatin will make the texture firm and gelatin-like rather than soft and fluffy.
  • When measuring the gelatin, make sure to level off the top of the measuring spoon with a knife to have an accurate measurement. Adding even a few grams too much can make a difference in the texture of the cake.
  • When measuring the purees, also level off the surface of the cups with a knife.
  • I recommend using store-bought applesauce to make this recipe. Homemade applesauce can vary in thickness and you want a runnier applesauce for this recipe to work because one of the reasons applesauce is being used is to thin out the pumpkin puree. Also make sure to use unsweetened applesauce. Sweetened applesauce is softened sweetened with syrups which will prevent the mixture from fluffing up. 
  • Pumpkin Puree version: If you only have pumpkin puree available, you can add sugar and spices to get a pumpkin pie mix. I did find that this resulted in a thicker puree and did not fluff up as much (you should put the finished batter in an 8 inch square pan rather than a 9 inch). To make it, mix 1 cup canned pumpkin puree with 5 tbsp granulated white sugar and 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice. Use that instead of the canned pumpkin pie mix in the recipe.
  • Optional Whipped Cream Frosting: Add 1 cup of cold heavy cream and 3 tbsp of sugar to a large mixing bowl. Beat on highest speed until stiff peaks form. 
  • Nutrition estimate is for cake only and does not include the optional frosting.


Serving: 1slice, Calories: 57kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 2g, Sodium: 5mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, NET CARBS: 11

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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27 comments on “3 Ingredient Pumpkin Cloud Cake (No Flour, Eggs, Butter or Oil)”

  1. Hello,

    Could I add monk fruit to this?

  2. Didn’t fluff up. I believe the sugar in pumpkin pie mix is a culprit.

  3. This recipe didn’t fluff up for me. After about 20 min of whipping, some thing finally happened but it wasn’t as fluffy as shown or expected. Kind if a waste of my ingredients, time. My arms are sore bc I have a hand mixer, not with a stand. But happy I got a workout I guess.

    • If you used a hand mixer it likely will take longer than 20 minutes. What happened after the 20 minutes? If it was starting to turn into something else then you probably just needed some more time.

  4. Does regular pumpkin purree not work as well because it’s not as thin as pumpkin pie mix? I’ve never used pumpkin pie mix so I wouldnt know.

    I’d like to try this recipe with pumpkin puree and monkfruit rather than pumpkin pie mix, and was wondering if adding a bit more applesauce for a runner texture would help.

    • Pumpkin pie mix (canned pumpkin pie filling) has other ingredients added to it like sugar and pumpkin spices. Pumpkin puree is just plain pumpkin. We haven’t tried using pumpkin puree with monkfruit so can’t say for sure how that will work.

  5. Can’t wait to try these!! Ty

  6. Sounds like a great delight to eat, have to find the time to make it at home.

  7. Is there anyway to get past the double boiler? Like is there another way?

  8. Really simple recipe! Light texture and size GOOD! TY

  9. Nice

  10. If a vegan dessert is needed, can agar be substituted for the gelatin? Thank you for all of your amazing recipes.

  11. Enjoy the cloud cakes!

  12. Hi, does this work with vegan gelatin alternatives?

  13. Going to try this 

  14. Would this work if made your own pumpkin puree with an artificial sugar replacement? I am diabetic and are always looking for good diabetic dessert recipes.