I honestly cannot remember how I stumbled on this pumpkin dump cake recipe over 5 years ago. What I do know is that I make it multiple times each fall and winter. It is by far one of my husband’s favorite desserts I make and it serves as a great alternative to pumpkin pie if you’re not a fan (like me).
I don’t despise pumpkin pie. I just would rather have about 15 other desserts before I would pick it. While this pumpkin dump cake does have pumpkin pie as a base, it is also is partnered with a crumbly, buttery crust that is invaded with toasted pecans. The saltiness from the pecans balance out the sweetness to make a perfect combination.
Top it with a little homemade whipped cream and you’ll feel like you’re eating a baby angel.
Ready to make your own?
Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe
(printable recipe at the bottom of this post)
Start by combining your pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, seasonings. Add in one egg at a time. Once all these ingredients are mixed, pour them into a prepared 9×13 baking dish.
Sprinkle the entire contents of one box of yellow cake mix over the pumpkin mixture. If you want want to make your own cake mix, here is a recipe you can use.
Sprinkle chopped pecans all over your mix and then drizzle it with melted butter.
Bake 40 minutes with a piece of foil loosely wrapped over it (to prevent pecans from burning). Remove the foil and bake 15 more minutes.
Give it lots of time to cool down before serving. We’re talking like hours. If you don’t have that time, it’ll be fine. I just prefer mine to be cooled down a bit. It helps the pumpkin solidify too.
Now here is the key difference in an OK pumpkin dump cake and an amazing pumpkin dump cake: whipped cream.
Another great thing about this pumpkin dump cake recipe is that it makes great leftovers. It will still be good a few days after it was made. Just store in the fridge in an airtight container. Either warm it up or just eat it cold. I like it both ways.
You’ve got to have it.
You just have to.
- 1 can pumpkin puree
- 1 12 oz can nonfat evaporated milk
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon cloves
- 2 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 4 eggs
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350
- Grease and sprinkle a little flour all over a 9x13 baking dish
- In large bowl, mix together pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar and seasonings
- Mix one egg in at a time with pumpkin mixture
- Pour mixture into prepared baking dish
- Sprinkle cake mix all over pumpkin mix (use all of it)
- Sprinkle pecans over cake mix
- Drizzle melted butter all over
- Bake 40 minutes with foil loosely over the top (to prevent pecans from burning). Remove foil and bake 15 more minutes
- Let cool for a few hours. Serve with whipped cream.