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For the cakes:
Preheat oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
In the bowl of a standing mixer with whisk attachment, mix together butter and brown sugar until smooth. Add eggs, pumpkin purée, spices, vanilla, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using a spatula, fold in flour.
With an ice-cream scoop, drop 6 generous mounds of batter, spaced evenly, onto each of two baking sheets. Bake until springy to the touch, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely
For the filling:
In the bowl of a standing mixer or with an electric beater, cream together cream cheese and butter. Add vanilla, maple syrup, powdered
sugar, and salt.
Mix on low speed until blended; then beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Spread the flat sides of 6 cakes with cream-cheese frosting. Top each with another cake.