Cayenne Spiced Pumpkin Pie

Spiced perfectly, with a pinch of fire….

Who doesn’t love the classic spiced pumpkin pie? With its earthy nutmeg and flavor-packed cloves, it’s jam-packed with taste-goodness. But you know what we think is missing? Of course…a little heat. Enter cayenne pepper powder. Just a pinch (or more if you want), brings a new level of flavor to the dessert without drowning out everything that makes pumpkin pie oh so very tasty.

Cayenne Spiced Pumpkin Pie

4 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Servings 8 slices



  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients (except pie crust) and mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour the mix into the pie shell and bake for 10 minutes at 450 degrees. Then lower heat to 350 degrees and continue baking for approximately 50 more minutes.
  • Remove pie from heat, and allow it to cool for 5 mnutes prior to serving.


Want more heat? Double the cayenne to 1 teaspoon.


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UPDATE NOTICE: This post was updated on September 20, 2020 to include new content. It was originally published on November 24, 2015.

2 thoughts on “Cayenne Spiced Pumpkin Pie”

  1. 3 stars
    Wanted to make a pie with a hint of cayenne spice as I heard it makes the pie so much more. I’ve never made a pumpkin pie before and didn’t know what to expect from any recipe. I used homemade pumpkin puree. I followed the ingredients exactly. I ended up with several cups of filling leftover after pouring the first pie shell. I will state that I have a very low tolerance for heat and just wanted a hint of flavour. I found the 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne set my mouth on fire and I will not be able to eat the rest of the pie sadly. There definitely was good flavour but I lost most of my taste buds after the first bite. If I did make it again, I would use maybe an 1/8 or less of a teaspoon of cayenne. Not sure if the recipe creator intended this much heat or if there may be a typo in the measurement. The texture of the pie turned out great but I would use caution with the cayenne if you’re sensitive like me.

    • Hi there – it is spicy. As we’re a site focused on spicy foods, we tend to have things a little hotter than other sites. But definitely a point to know for others making it. If you’re just looking for “warmth”, pull back on the cayenne a lot.


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