Just in time for Thanksgiving, I thought I’d serve up a tasty alternative to pumpkin pie. Now, let me just preface this by saying- I will not be forgoing pumpkin pie this holiday season. In fact, I had a pumpkin shake yesterday from Culver’s and my daughter was laughing at me because of my drawn out ‘oh this is so good’. But it was, and it truly tasted like pumpkin pie- which I absolutely love.
Now–this Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe is amazing. It’s light and moist, sweet without being overly so, and who can complain about adding veggies into a dessert, right?
Pumpkin is a fall flavor, but its one that I like to cook with year round. We have so many pumpkin recipes here on All She Cooks, and I’m sure we will keep adding to that list since it is one of our favorite veggies to bake with. There is no shortage of pumpkin around these parts.
My kids and hubby can’t resist a tall glass of milk with their sweets. Me, I’ll take my piece of Pumpkin Dump Cake solo. Or, maybe with hot cocoa.
I love the concept of a dump cake, don’t you? Mix together some ingredients and dump a cake mix on top of it and let it bake. Technically, you’re not supposed to stir the cake mix into the rest of the ingredients, but you know what? I totally rebelled on this one. Call me liberated, but I decided that this Pumpkin Dump Cake Recipe would flow so much better if the cake mix was lightly mixed in instead of just dumped on top. And–as you can see from the photos, it turned out fabulous!
I love it when I’m right.
I’m not a professional food photographer by any means, but I’ve learned several tips over the last couple of years that have lent to improved photo styling. One tip I particularly enjoy using is height. Whether its making a stack of cookies, putting a couple pieces of food on top of one another, or staging food–practice makes perfect. I think I’ll keep practicing.
If you’re a pecan lover, you’re going to dig this treat–or dig right into it. I’d hold you back, but that would just be so I could cut in front of you and grab a piece of Pumpkin Dump Cake for myself. You know, when it comes to dessert, I’m the first in line.
- 29 ounce can pumpkin (not pie filling)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 3 eggs
- 1 box yellow cake mix (leave dry)
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Grease and flour a 9×13 baking pan.
- Mix together pumpkin, sugar, eggs, milk and seasonings. Spread out in baking pan. Top with cake mix and lightly mix in. It does not have to well incorporated, just mixed enough so not all of the mix is on top.
- Pour melted butter over the top, and then sprinkle with chopped pecans.
- Bake for between 50-60 minutes.
You might also like these delicious desserts that are perfect for any family gathering or holiday.
If you haven’t tried an icebox ‘cake’, they are a fantastically simple way to throw together a scrumptious dessert without having to turn on the oven. Perfect for when your oven is stuffed with turkey and casseroles!
Or this delightful Banana Cream Dessert:
Or an extra yummy Pineapple Poke Cake: