Butternut Squash Cake Recipe (naturally sweetened)

WAIT! Before you jump to the recipe for this butternut squash cake be sure to check out the tips for cooking with butternut squash and how you can make this cake even if you don't have a whole squash (it's easier, anyways!)

This homemade cake recipe will surprise you with its sweet flavor and healthy ingredients. This butternut squash cake recipe 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 is basically a squash spice cake with cream cheese frosting, let's be honest. But a butternut squash dessert is sooo much cooler than an everyday spice cake, amiright.

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

This Butternut cake recipe 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!

This collection of our favorite frosting recipes includes all the frostings we routinely use on our cakes! Full recipes included.

Be warned: if you are interested in Pinterest/Instagram perfect cakes and desserts you can move right along from this recipe. This recipe is about crazy tasty, make your belly happy, and feel like home kind of food.

Okay, most of our recipes aren't built for pretty. But this one, especially. But it's so darn good.

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 and use the leftover butternut squash from other recipes but, I often will take shortcuts to make this quick and easy...

The easiest way to use butternut squash is to get it pre-cut in bags from your grocery store (found in the produce section). 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.

Butternut Squash Cake (naturally sweetened)

| 8 large slices
Prep Time | 20 mins
Cook Time | 40 mins
Total Time | 1 hr
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This cake and the frosting are naturally sweetened, easy to make, and delicious! A recipe you'll make again and again!


Round Cake Pan


  • cup olive oil
  • ¾ cup maple syrup (use local, or real! Do NOT use fake pancake syrup)
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¾ 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
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup or honey
  • pinch salt
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  • Turn the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Beat the oil and syrup together.
  • 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.
  • Stir the flour, baking soda, and baking powder in. Stir gently.
  • 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.
  • Spray (or line with parchment paper) a 9inch pan.
  • Pour the batter into the pan.

Cream Cheese Frosting

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



      top with Cream Cheese frosting!


      Calories: 380kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 5gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 132mgPotassium: 262mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 1950IUVitamin C: 3.7mgCalcium: 101mgIron: 2mg

      Recipe Tester Lisa says...

      This was very easy and it’s really really tasty!

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      63 thoughts on “Butternut Squash Cake Recipe (naturally sweetened)”

      1. 5 stars
        I made it with more spice and added some currants, walnuts and orange zest. My frosting failed, I wanted to be creative and added butter, orange zest and vanilla extract and it curdled. My own doing with experimenting too much. Great recipe that works and is delicious 😋 thank you for posting :)

        1. I love those additions and might have to try that myself ;). Too bad about the frosting! But, it's always good to try new things. That's how we learn.

      2. Zahra Al Shehab

        5 stars
        Amazing and super yummy . It is my favorite to bake . Fun to prepare as it is like silky mix and yummy to eat and healthy.
        Thank you so much for sharing

      3. 5 stars
        I cannot properly express how phenomenal this cake is! I made it with oat flour and extra cinnamon, and it came out so fluffy, moist, and tender, everything a cake should be. My brother and I finished it in a few days, and he never enjoys my healthier baking, so this is a big win!

        1. Actually, no. But always add in what you prefer. Nutmeg is a strong flavor that might not be your thing. Go ahead and halfsies that amount.

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