This post features my truly delicious gluten-free pumpkin squares recipe and contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosures. Please note that this post has been updated, refreshed and republished on October 21, 2019.
I’m so excited to share this recipe for gluten-free pumpkin squares recipe with you because guess what? … It’s pumpkin season, baby!
This recipe is light and cakey and fully channels all the wonderful flavors of the fall; it’s one I can’t help but make time and time again.
In addition to being delicious, it’s quite simple to make too.
How to Make Gluten-Free Pumpkin Squares
To make these gluten-free pumpkin squares, you’ll just need a few key ingredients. It’s pretty simple, but let me walk you through it all.
First off, you need a gluten-free flour blend. I have used several different gluten-free flour blends to make these pumpkin squares and have found they all work well.
You need to look for a mix that is a 1-to-1 blend that includes xanthan gum (if not, you need to add one tablespoon of it to your recipe).
My preferred gluten-free flour blend is Bob’s Red Mill 1-to-1 gluten-free flour blend. It is a cup-for-cup gluten-free flour substitute that works like a charm everytime I use it in lieu of wheat flour.
This recipe also works really well with Pamela’s Gluten-Free Flour Blend and Grandpa’s Kitchen Gluten-Free Flour Blend. Grandpa’s Kitchen is a lesser known brand. The company sent me some samples years ago and I decided to use it in this pumpkin squares recipe and it worked well. I’ve included this brand in this post even though the flour blend is hard to find and I don’t use it anymore.
For the pumpkin square batter, you’ll need:
- Oil (I like this avocado oil)
- Canned pumpkin
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Kosher salt
And for the cream cheese frosting, you’ll need:
- Cream cheese
- Vanilla extract
- Powdered sugar
After you preheat your oven to 350º F, you’ll then combine your eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin in a large bowl and mix it all together.
In a separate bowl you’ll combine your dry ingredients, including your gluten-free flour blend, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
You’ll then mix it all the ingredients together, preferably using your standing or handheld mixer. The batter will be liquidy even when combined.
Pour your batter into TWO greased 9″x13″ baking tins/pans and bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Once cooked, allow the cakes to cool completely before adding the cream cheese frosting (otherwise the frosting will melt off of it).
Once cooled, prepare to make the cream cheese frosting.
Oh, and yes, I said cream cheese frosting. Drooling yet?
Combine all the frosting ingredients together in a large bowl, and either using your standing or handheld mixer, blend until combined.
Just look at this beautiful white silky smooth frosting. I bet that you wish you could lick the spoon right now, don’t you?
Once the cakes are completely cooled (preferably on a wire rack), evenly spread the cheese cake frosting atop the pumpkin cakes. If you have an icing spatula like this one, spreading the frosting over the cakes is much easier to do.
Now you’re ready to cut the cakes into even squares (12 squares per pan, 24 squares total) and serve.
Now prepare yourself for lots of compliments. I seriously get showered in compliments every time I make ’em.
Yes, They Taste as Good as They Look
It’s one thing to make a pretty dessert, but these gluten-free pumpkin squares taste oh-so-good too. In fact, I like to say they taste as good as they look!
The cake portion is pumpkiny and moist. It’s like biting into a soft pillow flavored with cinnamon spice. The top is sweet and creamy. Yum!
I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for recipes that have a good mouthfeel. I miss that cakey and doughy texture at times.
And of course, I couldn’t have done it without the wonderful gluten-free flour blends that are readily available to our community online and in grocery stores. Don’t bother mixing your own gluten-free flours and starches. So many great blends exist already, all ready for you to use on a whim.
Happy Fall – I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you do, please leave me a comment to let me know how they turned out!
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Squares
- 2 9"x 13" cake pans
- 4 large eggs
- 1 2/3 cups sugar
- 1 cup oil I used avocado oil
- 15 oz canned pumpkin
- 2 cups 1-to-1 gluten-free flour blend (blend must contain xanthan gum) Bob's Red Mill and Pamela's All-Purpose Gluten-Free Flour both make great 1-to-1 gluten-free flour blends
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients
- 8 oz cream cheese softened at room temperature
- 1/2 cup butter softened at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350° F and lightly grease TWO 9"x13" baking pans.
- Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
- In a second bowl, combine eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin. Mix together well.
- Slowly incorporate dry ingredients into wet ingredients and mix well. It's easiest if you use your standing or handheld mixer to blend the ingredients fully.
- Pour batter (divided evenly) into two baking pans and bake for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Do not overcook. Allow pumpkin cakes to cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
- To make the cream cheese frosting, beat cream cheese, butter, vanilla and sugar together until smooth. Spread frosting evenly atop pumpkin squares before cutting and serving. Each pan makes about 12 squares (24 total squares).
- If you don't allow your cake to cool completely before adding the cream cheese frosting, the frosting will melt and it won't look very pretty. Please allow ample time for cooling. To speed up the cooling time, refrigerate the cakes for at least one hour.
- Remember, this recipe requires two 9" x 13" cake pans. It might feel like you're making a lot of pumpkin squares, but this delicious dessert goes fast! If you do not have two cake pans, you could use a large sheet pan with high sides instead of two cake pans.
- This recipe can be made dairy-free by using vegan butter and cream cheese or any dairy-free store bought frosting such as this one. If you don't want frosting, this cake tastes great simply coated in a shower of powdered sugar.
- Cover unused squares with plastic wrap and refrigerate. They taste good for several days after they're made (although they look the prettiest right after frosting them!).
Like this Recipe? Help me share it by pinning one of these images to Pinterest.