Deceptively Delicious Yellow Cake

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is from Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook. Even if you wouldn't normally consider cooking a cake from a mix, this is a great example of how to adjust regular recipes to add more nutrition. I have not tried this yet, but am posting to share.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 18 ounces yellow cake mix, any brand
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 14 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 6 ounces nonfat yogurt (lemon, banana, or vanilla flavored)


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray your cakepan with non-stick spray.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Beat until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Pour batter into the cake pan. Bake about 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  4. Chocolate cake variation: Use a chocolate cake mix with plain or vanilla yogurt.
Most Helpful

1 5

This is from Jessica Seinfield's Cookbook, as I got it out of the library. My friend makes this cake and its wonderful. I just wonder if Jessica actually makes this cake because the instructions are terrible. It says grease a 9 inch cake pan, it should say TWO. It should also say divide batter evenly between two cake pans. If you make this as instructed with only one 9 inch pan, you get an awful mess and a 3 year old crying because their birthday cake is ruined because as bubbles over the edge. Someone should have tested these recipes prior to publishing the book!

4 5

Definitely make this in TWO 9-inch cake pans! It turns out quite nicely. I couldn't taste any pumpkin at all. It does make the box cake mix slightly more dense but it still tastes good. We topped this with chocolate frosting. Delicious!

5 5

This is my daughters favorite cake now. I misplaced my cookbook so I am happy to find in on line. If anyone has the orange cream cheese icing she recommends, I would love that recipe too.