My church put out a cookbook a few years back. Of course, I can't resist a cookbook that has proceeds that go to a good cause. Plus, you and I both know, church recipes are the tried and true. Only your favorites make the cookbook. And this pumpkin crunch dessert is one of my favorite pumpkin desserts. It definitely could also be called a pumpkin dump cake. If you aren't a big baker, this is the perfect fall dessert recipe for you.
Dump cakes are known for their ease of preparation and mouthwatering results. This Pumpkin Dump Cake recipe takes that concept to the next level by infusing the warm, comforting taste of pumpkin pie spice and pureed pumpkin. The best part? You'll be using a cake mix as the secret ingredient, making this dessert a breeze to whip up.
Pumpkin Crunch Cake Ingredients
- Pureed Pumpkin - A can of pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling is what you need for this recipe.
- evaporated milk - Evaporated milk brings a little sweetness to this recipe but regular milk can also be used.
- eggs - large eggs are the best to be used.
- sugar - White granulated sugar, however, you can also use brown sugar to make the flavors even richer.
- cinnamon - Pumpkin pie spice is in a lot of recipes, but I love just using cinnamon.
- salt - A little salt makes sweet things sweeter.
- yellow cake mix - A yellow cake mix is the standard used in this recipe, but a spice cake mix can also be used.
- butter - Most bakers use unsalted butter. I used salted because that is what I stock my fridge with all the time.
- pecans or walnuts (optional) - You don't have to add nuts but the nuts are what make this pumpkin crunch. I prefer pecans but walnuts are good too.
- Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream for serving (optional)
How to Make Pumpkin Dump Cake?
This is simply a pumpkin dump cake. Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish and set it aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs, granulated sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Mix until all the ingredients are well incorporated.
Pour the pumpkin mixture into the prepared baking dish, spreading it evenly. Next, evenly sprinkle the dry cake mix over the pumpkin layer.
Next, evenly sprinkle the dry cake mix over the pumpkin layer. Drizzle the melted butter evenly over the cake mix layer, ensuring that most of the cake mix is covered. This will create a buttery, crispy topping. If you're a fan of nuts, sprinkle the chopped pecans or walnuts on top of the cake mix layer. The nuts will add a delightful crunch to the dessert. I prefer pecans or walnuts with this pumpkin crunch recipe.
You can tell already this is going to be good and it has taken you less than five minutes to put together.
Place the baking dish into the preheated oven and bake for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the top is golden brown, and the cake is set. A toothpick inserted into the cake should come out clean.
Once done, remove the Pumpkin Dump Cake from the oven and allow it to cool for about 15 minutes. This gives the flavors a chance to meld and the cake to set.
Serving your Pumpkin Dump Cake
Scoop out servings of your Pumpkin Dump Cake, and if desired, serve each slice with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The cool, creamy addition pairs beautifully with the warm, spiced cake.
Dump Cake Variations
If you are looking for easy variations to this dump cake recipe, here are more ideas to make great dump cake recipes all year long.
- Apple Dump Cake - Pour two cans of apple pie filling in the bottom of a 13X9 pan. Then top with the cake mix and butter.
- Peach Pie Dump Cake - Use peach pie filling for the base of the dump cake and then yellow cake mix and butter on top.
- Lemon Dump Cake - Pour lemon curd on the bottom of a greased cake pan then top with a yellow cake mix, four ounces of cubed cream cheese, and one stick of butter cut into thin slices.
Fall Dessert Recipes
Looking for more great fall dessert recipes using pumpkin or apple flavors? Be sure to check out these recipes.
- 1 can pumpkin puree
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1 ½ cup sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- ½ cup chopped nuts
- ½ cup butter melted
- Combine first 6 ingredients.
- Pour into a greased 13x9 pan.
- Sprinkle cake mix over pumpkin mixture. Then sprinkle nuts over top.
- Pour melted butter over top of the nuts.
- Bake on 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes.
- Serve with whipped cream.