Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix | Selma's TableI have been fascinated by the furore that surrounds the Pumpkin Spice Latte from a well known coffee shop chain. You know, the one which claimed that it didn’t make any profit in the UK so didn’t pay any tax. The latest in the drama that seems to surround this business is that there is no pumpkin in their lattes. Cue media outrage and more sales as apparently, all publicity is good publicity. My understanding is that the latte is all about the flavour of the pumpkin pie spice mix and not the actual pumpkin itself.

In the UK pumpkin pie is not a part of our national food history so canned pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice blends are not easily found on the shelves of our grocery stores. So for those of you wishing to recreate a Pumpkin Pie or a  Pumpkin Spice Latte at home, this spice mix is for you. You can easily make pumpkin puree by roasting wedges of pumpkin or squash, pureeing and sieving the result, freezing in ice cube trays and storing the cubes in bags in the freezer.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix | Selma's Table

Cinnamon, Ginger, Allspice, Cardamom & Nutmeg

The spice mix is so easily made with ingredients you will most probably have in your cupboards, that you will wonder why you left it so long to make your own. It is generally a blend of ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves, in varying quantities. I am not keen on cloves as they can be overpowering in a blend so I use allspice instead. And I have also added cardamom as I love the smell and flavour of it – so comforting, don’t you think? In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit to asking Jake to crush the cardamom seeds in the pestle and mortar. He did a magnificent job; much better than I ever could. He is now the official pestle and mortar man at Selma’s Table!

There are many uses for the Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix – in ravioli, cheesecakes, biscuits, cakes and pies – there are a plethora of recipes that celebrate this festive mix. My favourite thing to do though, is to sprinkle a teaspoon of pumpkin spice mix into a carved pumpkin before lighting at tea light and letting that delicious and seasonal aroma waft around the house!!

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix | Selma's TableI used a 70 ml Kilner Spice Jar to store the mix in and it was half full. If you want to give this as a gift, double the quantities to fill a bottle of that size. I find that the easiest way to fill the little jar is to place the measured ingredients on a piece of baking paper and then use the paper to funnel it into the jar.

I am sharing my Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix with the Fiesta Friday revellers. Generously hosted by Angie of the Novice Gardener who this weekend is celebrating her birthday! Just take a look at her fabulous Naked Cake – it is gorgeous!!

And a huge thanks to our fabulous  co-hosts; Suzanne of A Pug in the Kitchen and Sue of Birgerbird. Both very talented and prolific cooks with blogs that you will not be able to stop scrolling through…

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

  • Servings: Makes 35 ml or or just over 2 Tbsps
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • ½ tsp grated nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder


  1. Measure out and place the spices in small airtight jar.
  2. Shake well to mix.

I used a 70 ml Kilner Spice Jar to store the mix in. If you want to give this as a gift, double the quantities to fill the bottle and add a gift tag with the instructions: “For pumpkin pie, add 1 – 1 ½  teaspoons of spice mix to your other ingredients.”

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67 thoughts on “Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix

  1. Great post Selma. Love the wee jars and your spices all ready in an assembly line :). I think carving a pumpkin and sticking a tea candle in it for the aroma is a brilliant idea! Sometimes I just like a simmering pot on my stove of cinnamon, lemon and rosemary. It has a nice earthy and sweet fragrance. A spoon of your concoction in the mix would be great too. Oh, btw, your FB post does not show a picture – it is just text. I know I had trouble with mine this morning too, it is not the right picture for my post.


    • Thanks Loretta – I though that it was my laptop playing up with the images – I will go in and add a photo to the post on Facebook. I’m making my way thought the FF posts, trying to get to yours this week!! I love the idea of simmering aromatics on the hob. I do love this time of year!!


  2. This was super useful to read, I don’t know how this news eluded me but I had no idea. Yes on the cardamon and concurring on leaving the cloves out, I don’t like them except studded into an onion every once in a while. Thanks for bringing to the party, Selma and have a really nice weekend!


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  4. We’ve been working our way through an enormous pumpkin all week but having read this, I now know to cook and freeze the next one instead of eating pumpkin every day. Tried this mix on oven roasted pumpkin last night – it was delicious and made a very welcome change.


  5. For ages I didn’t realise they had ready made pumpkin spice mix, I always thought everybody just added the spices separately! But it makes sense that they sell it in the pumpkin worshiping US haha. I really should mix up a blend like yours though, rather than adding each spice separately when I bake lol, I’m definitely going to add cardamom to mine now too!


  6. The spice mix sounds so warm and inviting, perfect for this time of the year! I still haven’t had a pumpkin latte but I have seen them. I am sure making the spice mix after your recipe would be delicious :)


  7. Yeah I so don’t get the whole pumpkin thing from the US when it comes to this time of the year but I totally get spice. I just love the idea of using allspice and cardamom – two of my favourite spices (although, how can one possibly have only one favourite spice?!). I love making my own spice blends so will give this a go pronto – I would do it tonight if I had a spare jar… :)


    • I lived in Canada for 10 years and never really got the pumpkin pie thing but a friend did bring back a jar of Pumpkin Butter from Trader Joe’s a few years back and it was incredible on toast!! I stocked up on the mini kilner jars when Wilkinson’s had a sale on – £1 each…have a few knocking around still – shame we don’t live closer!!


  8. Selma this is just a wonderful post. Pumpkin Pie Spices have always been a favorite of mine. I have never made my own but will do so immediately as we are coming upon “the all things pumpkin” holidays here in the USA. The addition of cardamom is just genius….one of the best aromas and flavors ever and a perfect addition to this spice….now if I just had a Jake,


    • Teresa – right now, you would not want a Jake. I thought the Terrible Twos were hard – can I just say that 17 is just horrible!! I just hope that all the groundwork I have laid over the last 17 years will still be there when the hormones and attitude have run their course!! I am taking deep breaths and trying to remember what it was like when I was 17!! Which was a while ago!!


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  10. Hi Selma! Saying hi from SITS. Selma is my mom’s name! And I read that you have a 17 year old. I have a 19 and 16 – OMG! I don’t know why I don’t just make pumpkin spice mix – I have been making so many pumpkin things and measuring out each ingredient every time. Love the blue in the spice picture.


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