Butternut Squash Cake Recipe

This homemade cake recipe will surprise you with its sweet flavor and healthy ingredients. This butternut squash cake is chock full of nutritious squash, natural sweeteners, and delicious flavor. You’ll be making this lovely cake with naturally sweetened cream cheese frosting on a regular basis for your family! It reminds me of a spice cake with cream cheese frosting but with more wonderful nutrition :). 

Naturally Sweetened Butternut Squash cake with Maple Syrup Cream Cheese Frosting. Tastes like a spice cake but has more nutrition!

This Butternut Squash cake and frosting uses maple syrup to sweeten it. Only maple syrup. And, if you are lucky enough to have a local supply (like we are)…you are excited right about now, aren’t you! You understand the amazingness that means! Recipes using natural sweeteners are my favorite, for sure!

Tastes like a spice cake! This Butternut Squash Cake is full of extra nutrition and delightful fall flavor.Do I have to use freshly roasted Butternut Squash?

No, for sure not. It’s fairly easy to roast up a squash but, I often will take shortcuts to make this quick and easy…

The easiest way to get butternut squash is in bags from Trader Joe’s. If you don’t have access to that and don’t want to go through the trouble of preparing a butternut squash, you can use canned pumpkin puree instead.  Just make sure you use pumpkin puree and NOT pumpkin pie puree.  Pumpkin pie puree already has a bunch of spices and sweeteners added to it, so your butternut squash cake will taste wonky.

Butternut Squash Cake

Another great trick… the baby food aisle. It sounds strange but you can get already pureed butternut squash in the baby food section. So, if you are looking to save some time, shop the baby section.

Quick trick for this butternut squash cake: line your pan with parchment paper, spray and flour the parchment paper, and then when the cake is done pick up the paper edges, flip it over (be sure to let it cool a couple of minutes!), and voila!…no dishes!

Butternut Squash Cake Ingredients

Maple Syrup Cream Cheese Frosting 

The frosting for this cake is also naturally-sweetened and utterly divine. You’ll be eating it by the spoonful! There have been a few readers that commented and let us know that it works great to sub out honey for the maple syrup, if you prefer. If you do so, decrease the amount of honey by half and then add it back as needed.

Butternut Squash Cake with Maple Syrup Cream Cheese Frosting

Cake for YOU. Cake for YOU. And cake for YOU.

This butternut cake recipe is a great way to introduce veggies to your kids in a new way! Ask them if they can taste the squash in the cake? We bet they will say no!

This squash cake is delicious. Not, oh my gosh call Mom delicious. (that would be my homemade chocolate cake recipe) But, really, really good. Truly! The kind of cake you could make every single day and not feel one bit bad about. The kind of cake you make for company. Or for Sunday brunch. Or because you had a bad day. It is just that versatile, easy, and delicious.

Delicious fall flavors in this Butternut Squash Cake!

4.54 from 13 votes

Butternut Squash Cake (naturally sweetened)

This cake and the frosting are naturally sweetened, easy to make, and delicious! A recipe you'll make again and again!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword butternut squash cake
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 large slices
Calories 380 kcal


  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup (use local, or real! Do NOT use fake pancake syrup)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup butternut squash cooked and mashed(or can of pumpkin puree)

Cream Cheese frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 3 tbsp butter softened
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • pinch salt


  1. Turn the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat the oil and syrup together.
  3. Add eggs and yogurt,beat well.
    Butternut Squash Cake is an easy and simple recipe that creates a delightfully light, moist, and flavorful cake. An oldie but goodie.
  4. Stir the flour, baking soda, and baking powder in. Stir gently.
  5. Add spices and squash. Stir just until mixed.
    Butternut Squash cake recipe is easy to make and creates a moist, flavorful, and light cake using only natural sweeteners.
  6. Spray (or line with parchment paper) a 9inch pan.
  7. Pour the batter into the pan.

Cream Cheese Frosting

    Beat all of the ingredients together and add additional sweetener, as needed.

      Recipe Notes

      top with Cream Cheese frosting!

      Nutrition Facts
      Butternut Squash Cake (naturally sweetened)
      Amount Per Serving
      Calories 380 Calories from Fat 180
      % Daily Value*
      Total Fat 20g 31%
      Saturated Fat 3g 15%
      Cholesterol 61mg 20%
      Sodium 132mg 6%
      Potassium 262mg 7%
      Total Carbohydrates 44g 15%
      Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
      Sugars 18g
      Protein 5g 10%
      Vitamin A 39%
      Vitamin C 4.5%
      Calcium 10.1%
      Iron 10.9%
      * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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      1. December 13, 2018 / 12:27 am

        I’m excited to be makin this recipe. Can i use gluten free flour and lactose free yoghurt instead? Thank you

        • Nellie
          December 13, 2018 / 3:34 pm

          I’ve never tried it but I’m sure it would work.

      2. sunita
        August 22, 2018 / 3:57 pm

        can raw grated butternut squash be used?

        • Nellie
          August 22, 2018 / 5:23 pm

          You know, I’ve never tried it. I think it needs to be cooked and pureed for the consistency to be correct. But, if you do try it…let me know how it goes!

      3. Sue
        February 22, 2018 / 4:28 pm

        The recipe looks great! Could you substitute local dandelion honey instead?

        • Nellie
          February 26, 2018 / 10:24 am

          What a great question! I imagine so. Although I am not sure if that would change the flavor.

      4. Audrey K Brinkley
        December 13, 2017 / 10:22 pm

        Can raisins be added to the cake and if so, how much? Thanks.

        • Nellie
          December 14, 2017 / 8:20 pm

          I’m sure they could. I never have and can’t say with certainty how many to add. I would try 1/3 cup and see what you think of that.

      5. Greta Anderson
        September 14, 2017 / 6:08 pm

        Did you intentionally leave the cooking time? I cannot find it.

        • Nellie
          September 15, 2017 / 3:07 pm

          Gah!! The magical world of internet. Where things change and move. If you look at the very top of the recipe it shows cook time. IT’s small and hard to find. Totally annoying, that way. But, for this recipe we recommend 40 minutes. I would check at 30 and see what you have and probably go another 10. Good luck! This is so tasty!

      6. Teresa
        August 8, 2017 / 6:10 pm

        What is the recipe for the frosting? Can I use yogurt with cream cheese for the frosting THanks, I can’t wait to try this recipe.

        • Nellie
          August 9, 2017 / 6:40 am

          Oh no!! We updated our recipe
          System and it must have messed with some of the recipes. Here it is…
          1/2 cup cold heavy cream
          4 ounces cream cheese at rom temp
          4 tablespoons honey
          1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

          • Siddiqi Ray
            September 29, 2017 / 1:54 pm

            What gave the frosting in the photo a spicy look? The recipe above for frosting makes it all white…

            • Nellie
              October 2, 2017 / 10:25 am

              A sprinkle of cinnamon and cloves. Totally optional ;)

      7. Desmom
        July 13, 2017 / 9:02 pm

        I made this exactly as directed except for one thing: rather than baking, I poured the batter into my waffle iron! OMG! DELICIOUS! Fast, easy, and perfect every time! I have a round Oster Belgian waffle maker. Set it on low and cooked it for a total of 3 minutes. Made exactly 4 waffles using 1 cup of batter per waffle. Will be doing this again! (Possibly tomorrow! Haha!)

        • Desmom
          July 13, 2017 / 9:17 pm

          P.S. I didn’t use icing, or anything extra. It didn’t need it! Very moist, perfect consistency (not too dense), and wonderful leftover! We just ate it like bread!

        • Nellie
          July 14, 2017 / 7:59 pm

          What a fantastic idea!! I love this recipe and never thought to do anything beyond cupcakes and cakes. So clever and smart!

      8. Anonymous
        May 9, 2017 / 10:29 am

        If I have an whole butternut squash should I steam it or can I roast it?

        • Nellie
          May 10, 2017 / 10:23 am

          Roast it! Cut it in half and roast it. Easy peasy!

      9. January 31, 2017 / 6:53 pm

        Another great trick… the baby food aisle. I know, it sounds strange but you can already pureed butternut squash in the baby food section. So, if you are looking to save some time, shop the baby section

        In above paragraph you forgot a word. : GET between the words can and already. Or between already and pureed

        • Nellie
          February 1, 2017 / 2:36 pm

          Thank you!!! I’ve changed that. One of my greatest challenges is grammar. When I got into this business it was for creating and sharing and I completely underestimated the writing part. Thanks for the help!

      10. January 14, 2017 / 8:43 am

        This cake looks so good! I love all the wholesome ingredients used here! This means I can have two slices ;)

        • Nellie
          January 17, 2017 / 7:26 pm

          Dessert time just got an upgrade!

      11. Lee
        January 7, 2016 / 2:52 pm

        What does 2/3 c. Mean for olive oil. Do you mean “cup”. I just want to be sure since you wrote cup for the other ingredients but just “c” for olive oil and maple syrup. Thank you!

        • Nellie
          January 7, 2016 / 4:10 pm

          Yes, it does mean cup. I should go in and clarify that so it is more clear. Thanks for asking!

      12. May 7, 2015 / 12:38 pm

        This cake does look delicious. I know you made the disclaimer that it contains natural sugar in the first paragraph, but you went on to call it sugar-free many other times. Cup per cup, maple syrup has more sugar in it than white sugar does. 3/4 cup of maple syrup has 160 grams of sugar in it, 3/4 cup of white sugar has 150 grams of sugar in it. There is very little scientific evidence that maple syrup is healthier than white sugar.

      13. April 17, 2015 / 2:08 pm

        This sounds incredible! I love the butternut + maple combo and I bet it’s lovely in a cake.

        • April 17, 2015 / 2:49 pm

          Thanks, Faith! The combo really does work!

      14. Olya
        April 17, 2015 / 12:27 am

        I made this cake recently and it was superb. I used sifted whole wheat flour only because it’s the only one I had on hand, and it made the cake more dense – kind of like a pound cake. It made it even better than expected. My husband could not believe how delicious this was and that there was no added sugar. I will definitely make it again. Amazing recipe! I also used honey instead of maple syrup in the cake. I really liked the way it came out. And I substituted honey in the frosting for the maple syrup. It was amazing. One of the best cakes I’ve made. Thanks!

        • April 17, 2015 / 9:19 am

          Thanks Olya!!! We love to hear the ways people use our recipes, and to hear that others like them as much as we do! It’s also great to hear that your substitutes worked out well; we might have to try ours that way, too!!!

      15. February 8, 2015 / 11:55 pm

        What size pan did you use? The cake looks delicious.

        • February 9, 2015 / 8:36 am

          This was a 9 inch circle pan. And thanks! It really is good!

      16. Sher
        February 8, 2015 / 5:16 pm

        So I tried this…only thing…unfortunately 45 mins was not long enough..even though the tester came out pretty dry..should have gone with my instincts and kept it in the oven longer…the centre was not cooked..Thank heavens I’m not on Masterchef…. The outer edge of the cake is good, very moist and the cream cheese frosting is lovely. I think I will make cupcakes next time for individual servings…

        • February 9, 2015 / 8:35 am

          Glad you liked it! We’re starting to get the feeling our oven might cook a bit hot, so it was wise to just check on it.

      17. Jane
        February 7, 2015 / 1:25 pm

        Actually, all of those worried about maple syrup (which has a low glycemic index) should be more worried about the flour, which immediately turns to glucose.

        • Nellie
          February 7, 2015 / 4:12 pm

          Thanks Jane! Yes, and those people would be wise to try a substitute like almond or coconut flour. However, we wrote this recipe for the many of our readers that are avoiding processed sugars and not necessarily diabetic diets. We’ve actually been getting a good lesson in the difference between sugar free for “clean eating” diets and diabetic diets. So interesting!

      18. February 7, 2015 / 11:24 am

        Do you know how many weight watchers points it would be

        • February 9, 2015 / 11:31 am

          I ran it in WW recipe builder with low fat plain greek yogurt and full fat cream cheese, the total recipe points were 111. If you plit the cake into 10 servings, each serving is 11 points.

          • February 9, 2015 / 1:00 pm

            Thanks for letting us know, Kim!

      19. Natasha
        February 7, 2015 / 11:12 am

        This loils delish. Can I make it with acorn squash instead?

        • February 9, 2015 / 8:35 am

          We haven’t tried it…but you should! Let us know if it works out…and if doesn’t, blame us :)

      20. Letha Drury
        February 7, 2015 / 6:37 am

        Just to clarify, this is not a “sugar-free” dish, but more correctly stated it is naturally sweetened with maple syrup…..

        • Nellie
          February 7, 2015 / 9:30 am

          Thanks! That is probably a better term. We mean to say that this is not full of processes sugar. I think I need a lesson in the correct terms ufda!

      21. Natalie
        January 29, 2015 / 2:39 am

        Okay, I am so excited to make this! I would LOVE to see more naturally sweetened recipes here! Great blog!

        • January 29, 2015 / 10:02 am

          Thanks Natalie! We’re actually moving that direction, because we LOVE eating naturally sweetened foods.

      22. October 4, 2014 / 10:44 am

        This sounds amazing. When is the Greek yogurt supposed to be added?

        • October 8, 2014 / 11:54 am

          Sorry about that! You add the yogurt with the eggs.

      23. March 23, 2014 / 6:10 am

        This sounds amazing! I am pinning this and will be giving it a try. Thanks for sharing.
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